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Hinch history boys add Crawford Cup to list of trophies

Ballynahinch III 29 Portadown II 20

By Ronnie Ingram

Just like Monday's Towns' Cup final at Kingspan, Ballynahinch again needed a second period extra time try to win the Crawford Cup yesterday, making history in the process.

In fact they scored two after the teams were level, 15-15, at the end of 80 minutes, so Hinch become the first club to win the Senior, Junior, Towns' and Crawford Cups as well as the Butler Shield in one season, and their sevenths still have the McCambley Cup final on Saturday.

Hinch started strongly against Portadown and were 10 points ahead after Matthew Norton kicked a penalty after two minutes and then added the conversion when winger John Hyndman touched down under the posts.

Portadown had a penalty attempt rebound off the post and a knock-on on the Hinch line robbed them of a try.

They had reduced the arrears to 10-7 by the interval, David Whitten converting an Oliver Montels try.

Five minutes after the restart Whitten levelled, but a drive from a line-out led to Stuart Elwood crashing over for Hinch. Portadown levelled in the 70th minute when Brian Fox dived over and the score remained the same until extra time.

Whitten's grubber kick through led to Jack Orr scoring to put the Armagh team in front for the first time and it was 20-15 after 90 minutes.

In a repeat of Hinch's second string's performance two days ago the Ballymacarn team had to up their game, scrum-half Ben McMullan running in under the posts before Michael Carson added the fourth try, Norton converting both.

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