ALL IRELAND LEAGUE: Queen’s and UCC serve up a thriller in draw

Queen's ''Joshua Atkinson makes a charge against UCC
Queen's ''Joshua Atkinson makes a charge against UCC

QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY 34 UIVERSITY COLLEGE, CORK 34

Queen’s and UCC shared eight tries in thrilling draw in the late autumn sunshine at the Dub.

Queen’s had led 27-13 during the second half and looked comfortable but need a converted try from captain Josh Atkinson to salvage a draw and three match points.

It was the Cork side who took the lead after 6 minutes after Queen’s turned the ball over in the opposition 22, UCC broke out and out half Tim Clifford rounded off a slick handling move but couldn’t convert.

Jack Milligan got Queen’s first points with a penalty on 11 minutes.

Damon Hall put the home side in front with a try on 19 minutes, following a lineout steal they worked the ball through a number of phases before the winger came on a great line to go over unopposed and Milligan converted.

Queen’s got their second try six minutes later when No8 Nick Timoney powered through to score after some good offloading and support play and Milligan converted.

Milligan increased the home side’s lead with a long range penalty on 31 minutes.

Atkinson was sin binned on 37 minutes for deliberately killing the ball and UCC took advantage when centre Kevin Slater went over in the corner to reduce Queen’s half time lead to 20-10.

Clifford scored a penalty for the Cork side two minutes after the restart but Queen’s hit back when again Hall picked a great line of Milligan to go over for his second try and the out half converted.

UCC’s comeback started when Connor Barry went over following good work from the forwards.

The sides were level at 27-27 on 69 minutes when following a scrum UCC worked the ball through a number of phases and No8 Edmund Earle crashed over for a converted try.

Lock Baude Guillume put the visitors in front when Clifford hit the posts with a penalty and UCC regained the ball and worked it through a number of phases and the No5 crashed over for a converted try.

Queen’s snatched a draw when Atkinson finished off a slick handling move and Milligan converted.