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Ballymena pile on the woes for struggling Bohemians


Under pressure: Malone’s Ben McDonnell in action

Under pressure: Malone’s Ben McDonnell in action

Under pressure: Malone’s Ben McDonnell in action

Ballymena needed to produce a winning performance ahead of the league's three-week break and did so as they produced a bonus point 33-10 result over struggling UL Bohemians at Eaton Park.

The Braidmen scored five tries but with the three sides above them in the table also winning it meant that Andy Graham's squad stayed put in fourth in the Division 1B table, though they are just three points adrift of leaders Galwegians in a highly congested top four.

John Andrew, Dave Shanahan, Andy Warwick and Patrick James all crossed for the home side with a penalty try also adding to the total which also saw Richie McMaster kick a total of four conversions.

Other than that it was all about defeats for the remaining three sides across both divisions with Belfast Harlequins - also in Division 1B - agonisingly losing out at Garryowen 17-16 in the dying seconds thanks to the concession of a penalty try and the subsequent conversion condemning Quins defeat.

Even though the manner of the reverse cut deeply for the Deramore side after they had led for virtually all the game thanks to tries from Mark Glover and a late effort from David McMaster, with Michael Heaney adding two penalties, they still managed to secure a losing bonus point which could be of huge value to them as the still seventh-placed Belfast club continue their battle for survival.

While Quins are now just two points above ninth-placed Corinthians - who are currently in line to take the drop along with the now bottom side UL Bohs - matters are rather more pressing for Malone who were easily seen off as Dublin University triumphed 41-19 at Gibson Park.

Malone only trailed 19-14 at half-time but the in-form students streaked away in the second half and ultimately scored five tries and a penalty try to consign Jacques Benade's squad to ninth defeat from 13 games.

In Division 1A, Ballynahinch have still to register a win away from home after they were beaten 39-18 on Lansdowne's 3G pitch at the Aviva Stadium.

Aaron Cairns and Ross Adair scored tries in either half for the Co Down side - the remainder of the points came from the boot of Chris Quinn - in the defeat which still kept Hinch in fifth position in the league.

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