ALL IRELAND LEAGUE: Queen’s University maintain good start with win over Thomond

Queen's Nicholas Timoney and Thomonds' Mike McMahon
Queen's Nicholas Timoney and Thomonds' Mike McMahon

Queen’s 17 Thomond 3

Queen’s made it two wins out of two in Ulster Bank AIL Division 2A but were made to fight all the way by a powerful Thomond side in Belfast on Saturday.

Queen’s dominated the opening 50 minutes scoring two tries and could have had a bonus point wrapped up but wasted a number of good scoring opportunities.

Thomond with their bigger and heavy pack good a foothold in the game but despite long periods of pressure in the student’s 22 they couldn’t break a well marshalled home defence.

Queen’s opened the scoring on six minutes with a try from full back Jack Mulligan.

The students kicked a penalty to touch, from the resulting lineout they moved the ball into the centre, scrum half Josh Fullerton picked out Milligan who came onto the crash ball and was able to power over and out half Ali Wright converted from a tight angle.

Thomond missed an opportunity to put points on the board when they were awarded a penalty just inside the Queen’s half from a scum but John Lillis kick fell short.

Queen’s got their second try on 18 minutes after Thomond were reduced to 14 men after centre Niall Sheehan was yellow carded for a deliberate knock on.

Fullerton took a tap penalty, Damon Hall drove close to the line before the ball was spun to the wing for Mark Gordon to touchdown and Wright again landed the conversion from a difficult ange.

Lillis was successful with a penalty on 23 minutes from straight in from off the posts when the students were caught offside in midfield.

Wright increased the home sides lead with a penalty seven minutes after the restart.

The students should have added to their lead but breaks from Fullerton, Hall and Nick Timoney weren’t finished off.

Queen’s thought they hand their third try on 76 minutes but when centre Paddy Farrell went over following a slick handling move but the try was disallowed for a forward pass.