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Clogher and Portadown keep alive Ulster's cup hopes

Clogher Valley and Portadown qualified for the second round of the All Ireland Junior Cup but both had to come from behind to defeat Kanturk 10-9 and Monivea 22-17 respectively.

Ulster's other representatives were both eliminated, CIYMS 25-0 at Enniscorthy and Donaghadee 12-10 at home to Dundalk.

It was an entertaining tie at Fivemiletown where the home team trailed 9-5 until the last minute when Rodney Bennett crashed over from a line-out.

Earlier PC Faulkner had powered over for Clogher's first try but then they conceded penalties and the Munster team had an accurate kicker in Mark Healey who was successful with three.

Clogher Valley manager Ritchie Haire said: "It was a great game between two physical sides.

Portadown trailed 17-7 at half-time but rallied to overcome Monivea.

The Connacht team have an impressive record in the competition being losing finalists in 2011 and 2012 but their two tries both came after fortunate breaks.

The first followed a charged- down clearance kick and the second after a awkward bounce from a cross-kick that confused the defender.

Portadown flanker Gary Hall barged over from a maul before 10 phases of possession led to a try from full-back Ryan Calvert. Wayne Kelly added the third and Chris McVitty had two conversions and a penalty.

In the last eight, Leinster and Munster have three teams each.

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