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By Graham Hamilton

Instonians have installed themselves as favourites to land the first trophy of the new season after starting their Kirk Cup campaign with a 9-1 win at Newry.

New coach Steven Redpath was well pleased with his team's performance, especially as he was missing a handful of players who were attending the wedding of former player and now Great Britain striker Mark Gleghorne.

And he was also pleased to hear that two of his young players, Spencer Pinion and Ben Palmer, were part of Ulster's gold medal winning team at the Sainsburys UK School Games staged in Manchester.

Newry were also understrength in the game played at the border venue and it showed as Inst's new signing from Lisnagarvey, James Dowling, scored a debut hat-trick.

Portadown, Mossley and Kilkeel also chalked up opening wins.

The Ulster boys earned their gold medals following a 4-0 pool win over Wales and a 1-1 draw with England, and finally a 5-0 romp over England in the decider yesterday.

The girls came home with bronze after beating England 2-0.

GOC Estate Agents Kirk Cup: Pool A: Newry 1 Instonians 9 (J Dowling 3, S Kelso 2, M Martin, W Robinson, R Millar, S McNeice); Portadown 4 (M Bennett 2, G Croft, A Stevenson) South Antrim 1 (C Henry). Pool B: Kilkeel 4 (W Annett, G Russell, C Crozier, L Russell) North Down 2 (G McKeown, G Bailie); Belfast Harlequins 0 Mossley 3 (P Hamill, A Monaghan, J Robinson)

Linden Cup: Pool A: Campbellians 7 (J Hall 3, C Mack, A Saunders, S McMillan, J Easley) Armagh 0; Antrim 10 (D Mailey 3, D Wilson 2, M Smyth 2, R Brown 2, A Morrison) PSNI 1. Pool B:Cliftonville 0 Bangor 3 (R Burgess 2, H Dowd)

UK Schools Games: Boys' final: England 0 Ulster 5 (B Wallace 2, C Robson 2, A O'Hare).

UK Schools Games: Girls bronze play-off: Ulster 2 (O Thompson, J McMaster) England 0

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