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Clogher bow out by the narrowest of margins

By Ronnie Ingram

For the first time in four seasons there will be no Ulster team in the All Ireland Junior Cup final as Clogher Valley bowed out by a single point, 20-19 at Ashbourne in the semi-final on Saturday.

In the other tie the holders Enniscorthy eliminated DLSP 35-27 so it's an all Leinster final on January 28.

Strict refereeing hampered free-flowing rugby and also resulted in the yellow card being shown on four occasions.

Unfortunately for the Ulster team they had captain Kyle Cobain binned once but Ryan Wilson was penalised twice so spent the final 30 minutes on the sidelines. They also lost Philip Moore with a leg injury after five minutes but quickly reorganised to go ahead with a Philip Wilson try goaled by Neil Trotter.

The Meath team levelled when Gerry Kennedy goaled a Adam Sherrard try but a penalty and a further soft converted try from Adam Martin followed.

Clogher's Nathan Orr reduced the arrears with a try but when Wilson was shown the red card Casey Dunne kicked the penalty to put Ashbourne 20-12 in front.

Remarkably, Clogher surged back with a number of driving mauls and were rewarded with a penalty try which Trotter goaled.

Danske Bank Schools' Medallion Shield second round results: Regent House 10 Cambridge House 33, Dalriada 23 Grosvenor Grammar 10, Portadown College 54 Lurgan College 10, Antrim Grammar 7 Foyle College 24, Wellington College 0 Belfast High 48, Enniskillen Grammar 19 Rainey Endowed 5, Dromore High 48 Ballyclare SS 29.

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