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Derry are on a high as McCarter kicks ahead

By Ronnie Ingram

City of Derry opened up a six-point advantage at the top of AIL Division 2B with a 20-18 victory over bottom of the table Seapoint.

They were assisted by Rainey's unexpected 18-13 success against second-placed Highfield and are now the only team in the Division to taste defeat just once - at Highfield (29-27) earlier this month.

Terry McMaster's (pictured) men were never behind against Seapoint and opened up a 15-3 interval advantage.

Richard McCarter, with his accurate kicking in the wind, especially in the first-half, controlled the encounter.

Davy Houston picked up and crashed over and David Funston found a gap for the second try, which Andrew Semple goaled to add to his earlier penalty.

Later, Sam Duffy, one of the outstanding players on the day, scored midway through the second-half.

The atrocious weather had a big influence on the type of rugby in all fixtures except on the artificial pitch at Donnybrook, where nine tries were scored in Dungannon's 33-27 win over Bective. Armagh lost at Sunday's Well 19-15.

Banbridge are the new league leaders in Division 2A following their 28-5 win over Cashel.

Malone, after losing two important players through injury in the first-half, succumbed 18-7 to Queen's.

RESULTS: 2A: Banbridge 28 Cashel 5, Malone 7 Queen's 18. 2B: Bective 27 Dungannon 33, Rainey 18 Highfield 13, Seapoint 18 City of Derry 20, Sunday's Well 19 Armagh 15.

The final of the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup will be between Instonians and Bangor at the Kingspan Stadium on Tuesday, December 15.

Holders Instonians followed up their recent league win over Omagh to run out 19-6 victors and Bangor triumphed 13-3 over Clogher Valley.

Both are also in the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Junior Cup and could well meet again in that competition.

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