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Ulster Bank League: Cork Con show their title credentials by toppling league-leading Lansdowne

Johnny Holland was the hero for Constitution while Dolphin blitzed the champions and Old Belvedere got their first win in some style.

Lansdowne's Conor Toolan tackles Brian Hayes of Cork Con.
Lansdowne's Conor Toolan tackles Brian Hayes of Cork Con.
Image: ©INPHO/Lorraine O'Sullivan

LANSDOWNE BLEW A 14-point lead at home to succumb to their first league defeat of the season.

Mike Ruddock’s side were 22-8 up against Cork Constitution going into the final 10 minutes before a late collapse settled their fate.

Playing on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium, Lansdowne looked to be heading for their fourth straight league victory after Cian Aherne, a try-scoring machine this season, crossed the whitewash twice.

Cork Con rallied in impressive fashion and levelled matters thanks to tries from Darragh Lyons and Scott Deasy.

The game ticked six minutes into injury time and, following a period of sustained pressure from the visitors, Johnny Holland stepped up to land a 40-metre penalty to seal a 25-22 triumph.

So that’s where he was

Munster fans wondering why JJ Hanrahan was missing from the province’s line-up against Cardiff, following his two-try performance against Zebre, had their answer on Friday night.

The Irish Under-20s star kicked 11 points for U.L Bohemians in their 16-12 derby win over Garryowen at Thomond Park.

Rory White scored a try for Bohs while Jamie Gavin kicked four penalties for Garryowen, who remain second despite the reversal.

The awful start to the UBL season continues for 2012 champions St Mary’s College. They were soundly beaten, 32-14, by Dolphin.

With Munster coach Rob Penney in attendance, Dolphin quickly opened up a 10-point gap and enjoyed a clear advantage up front. Barry Keeshan kicked 13 points and there were tries for James Cronin, Chris Bannon, Eamon Mills and a penalty score.

Old Belvedere destroyed Shannon 45-13 with a seven-try performance. There were a brace of penalty tries as Shannon struggled against a marauding pack. Eddie Devitt also scored twice.

Tries for Sam Cronin and Timmy McCoy delivered an 18-11 win for Clontarf over Young Munster at Tom Clifford Park.

Division 1B Results: Ballymena 13-17 Buccaneers; Blackrock College 19-52 Ballynahinch; Bruff 6-12 Dublin University; Dungannon 13-23 Belfast Harlequins; Malone 15-18 UCD.

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