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Ballynahinch fall short as Clontarf book Bateman Cup final spot

By Staff Reporter

Ballynahinch bid to make the All-Ireland Bateman Cup final fell agonisingly short as they lost out 24-20 to Clontarf at Ballymacarn Park at the weekend.

The Co Down side gave their visitors a run for their money in what is a prelude to their final game in this season's AIL Division 1A campaign which currently sees both squads battling to make the league's top four play-offs.

Ulster Senior Cup winners Hinch scored tries from Ross Adair and Stephen McCauley while Richard Reaney converted both and added two penalties as the Co Down side fought back from trailing the Leinster side.

But Clontarf sealed the deal five minutes before the end with their fourth try of the day with the conversion stretching their lead to four points and Hinch just couldn't get any closer.

Clontarf will now go on to meet cup holders Cork Constitution in the Bateman final after the Munster side defeated Buccaneers 36-25 in the other semi-final.

Meanwhile a big turnout from the Ulster rugby community was expected today at the funeral of Dungannon club stalwart Bobbie Mills who died on Friday aged 100-years-old.

His funeral is at 2pm today at St Anne's Church in Dungannon.

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