23 May, 12:21
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New coaches Jed O'Dwyer and Des Clohessy have really turned things around at Rosbrien.
SUTTONIANS 7 BECTIVE RANGERS 15, John J McDowell Memorial Grounds
Scorers: Suttonians: Try: John Tainui; Con: Paddy Maguire
Bective Rangers: Tries: Jamyn Keats; Con: Fergal Campion; Pen: Fergal Campion
Suttonians suffered their fifth straight AIB League defeat, going down to Bective on Saturday to confirm their relegation to Division Three for next season.
The hosts needed a bonus point win to stand any chance of staying up and while New Zealander John Tainui did get over for a try, converted by Paddy Maguire, it was never going to be enough.
Rubberstamping their sixth place finish, Bective took the spoils with centre Jamyn Keats, a recruit from New Zealand, cutting through for two tries and former Leinster out-half Fergal Campion kicked their other points.
THOMOND 10 UCC 17, Liam Fitzgerald Park
Scorers: Thomond: Tries: Anthony Hartery, Darragh O'Neill
UCC: Tries: Colin Crowley, Peter Shallow; Cons: Gavin Dunne 2; Pen: Gavin Dunne
Former table toppers UCC ensured their presence in the Division Two semi-finals with this victory over Thomond, but frustratingly just one more win for the Cork students would have seen them promoted to the top flight for the first time.
In rain-soaked conditions, UCC played into a light wind in the first half and fell behind in the tenth-minute when Thomond set up ruck position near the left corner and scrum half Anthony Hartery dived over for an unconverted try.
Five minutes before half-time, UCC hit the front when winger Colin Crowley sped in from the left to score a try which out-half Gavin Dunne converted.
The groundwork for the try was laid when impressive scrum half Sam Cronin took a quick tap penalty, 40 metres out, and number 8 Rob Barry injected further momentum with a 15-metre break before he passed to Crowley.
UCC right winger Peter Shallow got in on the try-scoring act in the 64th-minute. Centres Alex Kelleher and Brian Dennehy began the move, near halfway, and linked with full-back Scott Deasy before Shallow covered the 30 metres to the line.
Dunne's conversion pushed UCC into a 14-5 lead. Thomond hit back with a five-pointer from winger Darragh O'Neill, but the Corkmen had the final word with an injury-time penalty from Dunne.
The losing bonus point helped Thomond finish fourth from bottom, although they did not need it as the three teams below them - Old Crescent, Suttonians and Barnhall - all lost on the final day.