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Ballynahinch again favourites for Millar, McCall Wylie Junior Cup

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 07/11/2016

Ballynahinch II have won the Millar, McCall Wylie Junior Cup twice in the past six seasons.
Ballynahinch II have won the Millar, McCall Wylie Junior Cup twice in the past six seasons.

Ballynahinch II have won the Millar, McCall Wylie Junior Cup twice in the past six seasons and are once again favourites following their 36-5 victory over Dromore in the quarter-finals.

Having already achieved away victories at Carrickfergus (18-17) and Ballymena II (35-17), they proceeded to run in five tries against their neighbours at Ballymacarn.

Conditions were ideal for fast running rugby and Hinch started the stronger with a Paddy Wright penalty after six minutes. Unfortunately Dromore lost the services of their kicker and scrum-half Lee Steenson early on so the failure to take advantage of two kickable penalties was discouraging although they did deservedly go in front after 23 minutes following a scrum on the home '22' when winger Ali Kinghan touched down.

This setback spurred Hinch into action and eight minutes later Wright added the points to a Chris Stevenson try. Aaron Ferris and Davy Harris looked dangerous but it was winger Wright who was next to score just before the interval. It came after a cross-kick by out-half Ryan Wilson when a defender deflected the ball backwards and Wright pounced on the opportunity and then added the conversion.

As well as being 17-5 in arrears, Dromore now had the additional problem of facing the setting sun. They threatened down the left but it was Hinch who increased their lead after 16 minutes when an overlap allowed Johnny Murdock to go in for another converted score. Winger Ferris was brought down just short but his hard work was eventually rewarded with a try. Dromore came back again and exerted pressure but failure to release allowed Hinch to relieve the pressure. Despite this the visitors continued to attack but in the final minute a penetrating Hinch back move resulted in Ferris bagging his brace for Wright to goal.

Coleraine eliminated Ballyclare 22-0 at Lodge Road. After 10 minutes No8 Brian Hughes crossed in the corner for Alan Clarke to goal. The winger kicked a penalty before half-time and Bokkie Carstens ran in the second try after 55 minutes. Against the run of play and with the help of a 'Clare fumble, Nial Irwin added another converted try. Portadown defeated Instonians 25 17, and Omagh overcame CIYMS 19-15.

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