Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 21 September 2014

Vintage Ports sink Cork in AIL Division Three

It was a bad day for the Ulster clubs in Division Three with only Portadown managing to gain a victory while Queen’s Banbridge, Rainey and Ards all suffered defeats.

Portadown made it two wins out of two with an impressive 22-11 in Cork against Sunday’s Well.

Hika Reid’s side also grabbed four tries to secure a bonus point and are joint top of the league on nine points along with Midleton and Co Carlow.

The Ports dominated the game and should have had it wrapped up at half time but had to settle for a 5-3 lead.

A second Chris Burnett penalty gave Well the lead but the Ports hit back with tries from Stuart Douglas and Kiwi full-back Tom Overy.

Flanker Diarmuid O’Kane got the vital fourth try with four minutes left before the home team got a consolation score.

Queen’s had victory snatched away from them with the last play of the game at Suttonians.

The Leinster side won 23-19 but the students were punished for not taking their chances.

Three penalties from scrum half Ian Porter kept the students in touch at the break as Suttonians led 15-9.

Two Porter penalties to one from Walsh meant the students led in injury time but they couldn’t stop the powerful Nonu crashing over to win it.

Banbridge’s woeful start to the season continued with a 34-17 defeat at Old Wesley.

Rainey capitulated in the second half against Midleton at Hatrick Park.

The Cork side won 57-10 and ran in eight tries.

Ards are one of only two teams not to register a point after two games.

The Hamilton Park club gifted Corinathians the 21-13 victory by missing three kickable penalties and allowing an intercept try.

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