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Bangor tough it out to keep double aim alive

Published 25/01/2016

Bangor's Phil Whyte scored the only try of the game
Bangor's Phil Whyte scored the only try of the game

Junior Cup holders Bangor eliminated Ballymena II in the second round of the Powerade Towns Cup with a tight 10-3 triumph at Upritchard Park.

When the two met earlier in the season at Eaton Park in the Junior Cup, the visitors needed a late try to emerge 33-29 victors.

Ballymena had the wind advantage in the first-half on Saturday and kept their opponents contained but although they did win a number of penalties, they were only successful with one from Rory Drysdale.

Bangor turned round happy to only face a three-point deficit and within a few minutes of the second period had taken the lead. A high ball into the Ballymena '22' was fumbled and Mark Widdowson gained possession for prop Phil Whyte to run in.

Neil Cuthbertson converted and towards the close Jadon Morgan kicked a penalty. Bangor have taken one step closer to the double but their main ambition is AIL status.

They had opened a gap over main rivals Instonians but the Belfast team are now back level on 41 points after defeating them 23-17 a week ago and they followed that up with a bonus-point 22-3 victory over Cooke on Friday. Clogher Valley and Portadown are 10 points in arrears in the battle for the AIL round-robin place.

Ballynahinch II, one of Bangor's main rivals for the Cup, had a 52-6 win over Ards while Donaghadee, who have plenty of Cup history, defeated Larne 26-20.

OTHER RESULTS: Ballymoney 25 Dromore 24, Banbridge II 12 Portadown 36, Coleraine 7 Omagh 17. The Armagh II v Clogher Valley clash was postponed and will be played at a later date.

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