Students put halt to Malone's winning run
Malone 11 Queen's University 20
Malone's bid to stretch their winning run to seven games in Division 2A came crashing down last night in their Ulster derby with Queen's University at Gibson Park as the students put in a huge shift to deservedly triumph.
Tries from David Whitten and Jonny Stewart paved the way for Neil Doak's squad as they racked up a third straight win and denied Malone a losing bonus, though the home side turned down two late shots at goal which could have yielded a point.
Richie McMaster opened the scoring on 30 minutes for the students with a penalty but three minutes before half-time Malone finally made an attack stick and Josh Pentland's off-load put Nathan Browne in at the corner.
Rory Campbell missed the conversion but the home side were ahead 5-3 which is how the lacklustre opening half ended.
Three minutes into the new half, Queen's winger Mark Keane broke through and though Jonny Milliken was hauled down, Queen's recycled and Whitten scored near the posts and allowed McMaster to convert.
Malone narrowed it to 10-8 when Campbell kicked a penalty but six minutes later a McMaster penalty pushed the visitors ahead by 13-8.
The Gibson Park side came back again with a Campbell penalty on 57 minutes but two minutes later Jack Milliken's break saw Stewart cross with McMaster converting.
Malone tried to respond but Scott Finlay dropped a Pentland cross-kick, though the penalty advantage saw them turn down a clear chance to kick at goal.
They did likewise shortly afterwards but Queen's held on.