Ballymena win on bounce as Malone, Cavan also triumph
A rather fortunate bounce of the ball in the second half of extra time resulted in Ballymena IV defeating the holders Ballymoney IV 16-14 to clinch the McCambley Cup final at Kingspan.
Peter McKenzie, the Ballymena chairman, was thrilled with the outcome after the Ballymoney pack had dictated the terms early on.
"Their forwards forced us to concede two early penalties but a Davy O'Hara penalty and drop goal brought us level by the interval. Each team had a second half penalty before a bit of luck led to our extra-time try," he explained.
Full-back John Nicholl chipped over the defence for the ball to bounce into his arms for the first try of the tie. Ballymoney had a late try but the difficult conversion to level and share the trophy was missed.
Disappointed Ballymoney captain John Waide said: "It was a local derby between two keen teams. Cormac McCartney kicked our penalties and Drew Mills scored the late try."
Cavan claimed the Gordon West Cup for the first time with a 16-13 win over PSNI. Leading 10-5 at the interval, their points came from a Laurence Corcoran try and two penalties, a drop goal and a conversion from Andrew Hamlin. PSNI crossed their opponent's line twice when Chris Fleming and Colin Hamilton touched down. Fleming also kicked a penalty.
Forster Cup holders Malone IV were no match for Portadown III, losing 23-0. Barry Gribben was outstanding, contributing 13 points and setting up a try. He kicked three penalties and the conversions to scores by David Hutton and Jordan Taylor.