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Ervine helps Bridge push on

By Ronnie Ingram

An afternoon to forget about in AIL 2A/B as only one of five Ulster teams involved managed a victory and that was at Rifle Park where Banbridge defeated Nenagh/Ormond 20-7.

Even then it was a tight struggle as the Munster team had the better of the exchanges in the first half. In fact they took the lead when Owen Gardiner scored for Salave Missiona to goal but gradually Bann came more into the contest.

It was three minutes from half time after sustained pressure when Bann equalised. It came after a penalty for an illegal tackle on Chris Allen who was injured and as a result the yellow card was shown. From the penalty Nenagh were pushed back for Stephen Irvine to score for Aaron Kennedy to convert.

"It was different after the restart" stated Bann coach Daniel Soper. "We had good intent, defended well and put in a lot of hard work. I was delighted with our efforts in the second half. They made a few mistakes and Aaron Kennedy kicked two penalties to open up the lead. Our scrum was the better throughout and we made sure of victory in the final minutes. Nenagh dropped the ball and Adam Ervine kicked ahead and won the race for the touchdown," he concluded.

Queen's disappointed at Naas 34-20 after the students had taken a 15-0 lead after 24 minutes. "After that it was Men verses boys as they were much wiser while we were rather naive," said director of Rugby Robbie Moore. "We allowed them to come back into the game with mistake after mistake as a result of their pressure."

The other 2A results were:- Skerries 19 City of Derry 17, Thomond 33 Dungannon 18, Rainey 22 UCC 25. 2B - Ards 7 Midleton 45, Armagh 11 Sunday's Well 13

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