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Ballynahinch and Dungannon book place in First Trust Senior Cup final

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballynahinch are aiming for a hat-trick of First Trust Senior Cup titles when they face Dungannon in this season’s final at Kingspan on Thursday, December 15.

In the semi-finals they gained an expected 32-5 success at Banbridge while a dominant Dungannon fourth quarter helped them overtake Belfast Harlequins at Deramore Park 18-14.

Bann managed to hold their more senior opponents to a 13-5 interval advantage. Hinch went in front with two Chris Quinn penalties, and he was also on target when a penalty try was awarded after a maul was brought down close to the home line.

Bann responded when centre Andy Morrison picked up and dashed in from 45 metres.

Just after the restart the ball was hacked through for James McBriar to touch down before a stretched home defence succumbed for a Will Stewart try. Later Lorcan Dow added the fourth.

Dungannon were slow starters at Quins where the home team took a 14-3 half-time lead after Joni Seri and Timmy Emerson tries which were both goaled by Adam White.

Dungannon had earlier gone in front with a Jake Finlay penalty but after an uneventful third quarter they suddenly upped their effort with tries by Karl Egan and James MacMahon for the out-half to convert the latter and add a penalty.

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