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UL Bohs Strike Late To Deny ‘Quins

UL Bohs Strike Late To Deny ‘Quins

Kalani Moore came off the bench to score a late match-winning try for UL Bohemians as they got the better of Belfast Harlequins – 22-19 – on Thomond Park’s back pitch.

This Division 1B opener looked to be all over entering the last 15 minutes as Adam Larkin's 'Quins outfit held a 19-10 buffer. But a pushover try, credited to Kalani Moore, was converted by Shane Airey in a dramatic finish.

Airey, the UL out-half (pictured below), cancelled out an early penalty from Mark Best before the visitors retook the lead thanks to a bout of pressure which yielded a converted try from Ireland Under-20 back rower Frankie Taggart.

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Somewhat against the run of play, Bohs got back on terms with a seven-pointer from their captain Ed Kelly, who scored after a strong scrum and maul, but Harlequins led 13-10 at the break thanks to an Eamon Lane penalty.

The goal-kicking centre punished indiscretions by the home side with two more penalties and suddenly Bohs were nine points adrift. Notably, the 'Quins scrum was becoming a real weapon.

However, with Colin Ryan putting in a man-of-the-match display, the Limerick men staged a late rally and openside Ian Condell's try cut the deficit to four points.

The entire UL pack then drove over the line from a catch-and-drive effort for Moore to edge them in front in dramatic circumstances, and Airey's superb conversion from the touchline added a final gloss.

Referee: Dermot Blake (IRFU)