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Dungannon's survival bid boosted by Well win

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 15/02/2016

Dungannon have moved up to seventh place
Dungannon have moved up to seventh place

Two wins in successive weeks and against the top two teams in 2B have greatly improved Dungannon's chances of remaining in the division next season.

Having accounted for City of Derry 9-7 at Judges Road they followed that up with a 20-17 victory over Sunday's Well on Saturday. Those eight points have moved them up to seventh place on 28 while Rainey, who have a game in hand, are on 24, Bective have 21 and Seapoint seven.

A rally in the final quarter gave Dungannon the winning try but then they needed a strong defence to hold the Munster team out. Sunday's Well had two first half Josh Neilson tries but the home team levelled 10-10 at the halfway stage when Paul Armstrong converted a penalty try and kicked a penalty. Despite facing the strong wind after the restart, Dungannon had further tries from James MacMahon and Armstrong while the visitors had a converted intercept try by Gregg Higgins.

Only two of the quarter-finals of the Powerade Towns' Cup were played and both were closely contested with Clogher Valley, after trailing Portadown 12-0 at the interval, eventually managing a 21-17 home victory.

In the other tie, Ballymoney and Omagh were level 3-3 after 80 minutes but the Tyrone side later kicked three more penalties for a 12-3 win. Donaghadee v Bangor and Enniskillen v Ballynahinch II were postponed.

The holders RBAI, Methodist College, Belfast RA and Wallace High all qualified for the semi-finals of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield. Inst had the most convincing victory at Ballyclare High 53-0 while Methody eliminated Armagh Royal 19-10. Royal Academy defeated Coleraine Academy 31-0 and Wallace recorded a 31-7 success at Omagh Academy.

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