AIB League Division 1B leaders Old Belvedere condemned Ballynahinch to their fifth defeat in seven games as in-form winger David Mongan got amongst the tries at Ballymacarn Park.
AIB LEAGUE: DIVISION 1B: Saturday, December 12
BALLYNAHINCH 10 OLD BELVEDERE 29, Ballymacarn Park
Scorers: Ballynahinch: Try: Robert Greer; Con: Ryan Bambry; Pen: Ryan Bambry
Old Belvedere: Tries: David Mongan 2, Leo Auva’a; Con: Conal Keane; Pens: Conal Keane 4
David Mongan touched down twice, bringing his impressive league tally to ten tries, with bruising number 8 Leo Auva’a also breaching the ‘Hinch whitewash.
Full-back Conal Keane did the rest of the damage, landing four penalties and two conversions for a 14-point kicking haul.
A solitary penalty from New Zealander Ryan Bambry was all Ballynahinch had to show for their first half efforts, trailing 16-3 at the break.
Lock Robert Greer did provide some pre-Christmas cheer for the hosts with a converted try, but with ‘Belvo captain Andy Dunne and Leinster’s Chris Keane and Eoin O’Malley impressing behind an industrious pack, the visitors had no problems seeing out their third win in four league outings.
BALLYNAHINCH: Harry McAleese; Mark Scott, Jonny Cullen, Stuart Morrow, Kyle Corrigan; Ryan Bambry, David Drake; Chris Stevenson, David McGregor, Paddy McAllister, Robert Greer, Jonny Graham, Michael Graham, Joshua Donaldson, Stuart Lamb (capt).
Replacements: David Harris, Michael Kirkwood, James Simpson, Gavin Armstrong, Lewis Johnston.
OLD BELVEDERE: Conal Keane; Eddie Devitt, Eoin O’Malley, John Kennedy, David Mongan; Andy Dunne (capt), Chris Keane; Vinny Soden, Mark Cooney, Nermin Lovic, Paul Spivey, Alan Trenier, Jonathan Slattery, Jason Risdon, Leo Auva’a.
Replacements: Brian O’Neill, Tom Sexton, Dave Synnott, Stuart Maguire, Kieran Hurrell.
Referee: Trevor Collins (IRFU)