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Ballynahinch defeat means title is still up for grabs

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 17/04/2015

Walking wounded: Roger McBurney left the field of play injured in the first half
Walking wounded: Roger McBurney left the field of play injured in the first half

Ballynahinch suffered their first Ulster Senior League defeat of the season, losing 19-10 to Armagh at Palace Grounds.

Despite this setback they still have one final opportunity to retain their title, by beating City of Derry on Saturday week.

Admittedly, Hinch were without four Ravens players and, remarkably, Roger McBurney, Chris Stevenson, Paul Pritchard and David McGuigan all had to go off injured in the first half!

That should not take away from Armagh as they looked the better team after Richard Reaney had given Hinch the lead with a penalty.

The home team led at the interval after Matthew Hooks' try was converted by Matthew Steenson.

An excellent back move resulted in Hinch's Jordan Grattan diving over in the corner for Reaney to goal but Armagh hit back when a missed tackle allowed John Faloon to go in for a converted try and they made sure with a Stuart Lester try in the last minute.

There were 12 tries at Eaton Park where Queen's edged out Ballymena 43-38. Damon Hall scored three for Queen's, the others coming from Conor Shiels, Josh Atkinson and Justin Rea with Paddy James and Adam McBurney, with two each, and Dominic Gallagher and Mark Foster going over for the home side.

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