Derry claim eighth win to extend lead on rivals
City of Derry 32-21 Rainey
City of Derry have only one defeat to blot their All Ireland League 2B record so far this season and that came following a try in the seventh minute of injury time in the 29-27 loss at Highfield early last month.
On Saturday they recorded their eighth win and now have a nine-point lead over Greystones with a game in hand over their nearest rivals.
Rainey were still in the contest at half-time trailing by just 19-16.
However, that was not a fair reflection of Derry's first half dominance as they scored three tries to their opponent's one.
The home team conceded too many penalties and Josh McIlroy kept Rainey in the encounter with three successful kicks.
After five minutes David Graham showed a turn of speed for the first home try with Ali Beckett crossing 15 minutes later.
On the half hour Neil Burns cut through the middle to go under the posts and he also kicked two conversions for his side.
The visitors rallied with an intercept try by Gavin Martin which McIlroy goaled.
Three minutes into the second period David Ferguson, who put in a lot of work throughout, added the bonus point try which Burns converted before adding a penalty 17 minutes later.
A ruck on the home line led to Michael Caithness crashing over for Rainey's second and Burns later kicked another penalty to bring his tally to 17 points and claim City of Derry a 32-21 victory.