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Dominant Malone V are on track for McCambley Cup triumph

By Ronnie Ingram

The dominance of Malone V has again been highlighted as not only did they clinch the Minor East 1 title with a 100 per cent record but they overwhelmed Rainey IV 78-12 in the semi-final of the McCambley Cup on Saturday.

In their 17 league games they have amassed 602 points and only conceded 78 and still have to face BHSFP II, a team they have already defeated 35-3.

Captain Johnny Keighley said: "We came out of the blocks and two quick tries by Jonathan Siri and James Conway built up confidence and the scores began to flow. It was a really fast paced first half in ideal conditions and further tries came from Edmund York, Ojo Alomide, a second from Conway and Siri completed his hat-trick."

The Magherafelt team never gave up and had a more than useful scrum-half in Ciaran Devlin who, given his limited possession, was a threat to the home defence. His rewards were brilliant solo tries either side of the interval, one of which he converted.

Malone's quality continued to show after the restart and they had further scores from Oisin Cahill, Jonathan Siri, Jamie Scott, Ben Siri and Aaron Culbert. Andrew McCarter made his contribution with nine out of 12 successful conversions.

Keighley was thrilled with the performance. He added: "We were unplayable at times and it was satisfying to see all the hard work at training being shown on the pitch. What was really pleasing was the fantastic attitude of the boys.

"Their ambition has taken them to the title and the Cup final but a huge credit must go to our coaches, Alan Mullan and Alister Stewart." In the Kingspan final on April 11, Malone V will face Ballymoney IV, who eliminated Limavady III 41-0.

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