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Ballymena show their ruthless edge to regain Jack Kyle Cup

Ballymena 65-14 Dungannon

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballymena showed no mercy to a Dungannon squad decimated by flu, lifting the Jack Kyle Cup with a 65-14 victory at Eaton Park yesterday.

Having lost in the annual clash for the past two seasons, Ballymena were 26 points ahead after 20 minutes. Centre Callum Patterson, full-back James Beattie, centre Paddy James and prop Connor Smyth bagged the opening tries and out-half Ritchie McMaster converted three of them.

Dungannon's Michael Lawton hit his side's first try, which Tianua Poto goaled, but Johnny Rosborough and Beattie added further Ballymena tries and McMaster converted the former.

Home sub out-half Glen Bailie converted his own try before Beattie ran in for his third. Ritchie Blair crossed for the Braidmen's ninth, followed by Patterson's second, and Gannon replied with a Paul Armstrong-converted Johnny Black try. Blair netted his second try, with Ballymena's final four all being unconverted.

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