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Ballynahinch live up to their billing with Crawford Cup glory

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballynahinch III embraced their favourites tag in the Crawford Cup final at the Kingspan Stadium yesterday, beating Banbridge III 51-0.

The final scoreline did flatter Hinch, however, as Bann put up some stout resistance and came close to scoring several times.

Hinch had the better of the forward exchanges with Ryan Lusk and Dave Gunson excelling in the line-outs.

Scrum-half Jonny Murdock had a large part to play in the success and following a Conor Philips break, he went over for the first try, which winger Joseph Bingham goaled.

A Bingham penalty made it 10-0 and Hinch increased their lead on the half-hour when Murdock ran in for another converted try. They went on to make it 29-0 by the interval.

Possession from a scrum on the Bann '22' resulted in the ball being moved wide and captain Mark Carson cut through to score and Bingham did the needful. The winger then showed his skills when he weaved through for an individual try.

Bingham crossed for his second four minutes into the second period before Carson also doubled up. Soon after, a scrum led to replacement centre Ben McMullan touching down for Bingham to add the points.

Gunson thought he had scored Hinch's eighth but it was disallowed. Shortly afterwards, though, McMullan wrapped it up after running around his opposite number.

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