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Bangor return to the big time in style after finishing on a bonus

By Ronnie Ingram

Bangor have returned to AIL rugby after finishing top of the round-robin competition with a 29-12 victory over Clonmel in Co Tipperary.

Player/coach Jason Morgan knew gaining a bonus point was crucial and his side achieved it in the first-half. They finished the tournament on 12 points with Enniscorthy on 11, Clonmel on 5 and Westport pointless.

Bangor crossed for a try in the first minute through David Bradford and Curtis Stewart added a second before Davy Charles squeezed in for the next. Phil Whyte crashed over for the bonus-point try and Morgan kicked three conversions before Clonmel reduced the arrears to 26-5.

All Bangor needed to do was hold on in the second period. They had two players yellow carded and Clonmel managed a Conor Cooney try, which he also goaled, before Morgan kicked an easy penalty to seal the win.

In the McCambley Cup final, Ballymoney IV defeated Malone V 22-17 at the Kingspan Stadium.

Carrickfergus IV, whose firsts, seconds and thirds have all been promoted, won the Butler Shield 17-10 against Belfast Harlequins IV at Ards.

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