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Perfect finish for O’Sullivan

Wednesday, 2nd May, 2018 4:33pm

Rugby player Jack O'Sullivan capped off a huge week on the field with a successful week off it too.

The first year finance student was a member of the UCC team who secured promotion to Division 1A after beating Banbridge on Saturday, while he was also named as the most recent recipient of the Cork City and County Youth Award.

It's been a frantic number of months for O'Sullivan; as well as his promotion quest with the college, he was also involved in the Irish Under 20 Six Nations side, playing all five games and winning two man of the match awards.

UCC will join recently-crowned Division 1B champions Shannon in making the jump up to the top tier, a huge achievement at the end of Brian Walsh's first season in charge at the Mardyke. Tries in each half from flanker John Hodnett and captain Paul Kiernan steered the Cork students to an historic result against Banbridge. The game finished 15-10 in the students' favour.

UCC finished nine points behind Banbridge in the final table but have proven to be a bogey team for Daniel Soper's men this year, with a win and draw against them in the league phase, before the weekend's second victory in a promotion play-off.

For his heroics on the pitch for both UCC and Ireland, the former Pres student was named as the Cork City and County Youth Award winner for March and was presented with his trophy in the Metropole Hotel who jointly sponsor the award with John Buckley Sports.

The backrow has a wealth of Munster and Irish experience behind him and joined the Munster Academy at the start of the 2017/2018 season and made his British and Irish Cup debut against Bedford Blues in December 2017.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Ulster Bank league, Cork Constitution will look to defend their Division 1A title when they face Lansdowne in the final at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. Con dug deep to defeat Terenure College 22-15 last weekend with out-half Tomas Quinlan notching an impressive tally of 17 points.

The left-footed Quinlan, who had Jason Higgins alongside him after Gerry Hurley's injury in the warm-up, has been a dependable source of scores for the Leesiders in recent seasons. Tries in each half by Robbie Carroll and Jake Swaine kept 'Nure in the reckoning, but thanks to key scores from Quinlan and replacement Evan Mintern either side of the interval, it was Con who prevailed. Sunday's match will be Con's third final in a row, having won one and lost one to Clontarf previously. Kick-off at the Aviva on Sunday is at 3pm.

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