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Last-gasp kick to claim derby win puts Malone on track for play-offs

By Michael Sadlier

The Division 2A derby between Malone and Queen's University had plenty at stake and hung in the balance to the end.

And home team Malone just nicked it 21-18 thanks to the last kick of the game from winger Mark O'Connor.

The four points could be crucial for Paddy Armstrong's men who have not only stayed in fourth place, and on course for the play-offs, but have now gone five points in front of the fifth-placed students.

Leaders Banbridge racked up a 25-20 victory at Blackrock to put them in a stronger position to claim the 2A title as they now lead by five points.

However, while the other sides in the top four all have three games left, the Co Down side only have two to play.

Bottom side Belfast Harlequins were relegated, for the second season in succession too, after losing 32-17 at Sunday's Well.

In 2B, second-placed Armagh won their Ulster derby 24-16 when hosting Dungannon but Greystones have sneaked a point ahead with two to play.

City of Derry won 27-14 at relegated Thomond.

Third-placed Rainey's 42-26 home victory over Midleton guaranteed them a top four finish in 2C but Bangor succumbed 24-10 at Boyne and are strugggling to stay out of the relegation zone.

Div 2A: Blackrock 20 Banbridge 25, Corinthians 24 Cashel 13, Malone 21 QUB 18, Nenagh 36 Highfield 24, Sunday's Well 32 Belfast Harlequins 17

Div 2B: Skerries 7 Barnhall 14 (Fri), Armagh 24 Dungannon 16, Greystones 39 Bective 28, Thomond 14 Derry 27, Wanderers 19 Old Crescent 9

Div 2C: Tullamore 18 Navan 22 (Fri), Boyne 24 Bangor 10, Bruff 16 Seapoint 26, Kanturk 13 Sligo 27, Rainey 42 Midleton 26

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