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Lurgan seal late Gordon West Cup triumph over Limavady

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 18/04/2016

Hero: Lurgan celebrate Stephen Nolan's late try
Hero: Lurgan celebrate Stephen Nolan's late try

Lurgan won the Gordon West Cup in dramatic fashion at the Kingspan Stadium, with Stephen Nolan's try in the sixth minute of injury-time sealing a 32-31 triumph over a stunned Limavady.

Limavady, undefeated in Q3, overcame their opponents 83-0 and 24-7 earlier in the season and led 24-10 at the interval in their trophy defence. Lurgan stormed back, however, to lift the Cup for the second time, their first since 2000.

Nolan opened the scoring for Lurgan with a penalty but a Robert Lamberton break led to a Jamie Miller try before the Armagh side regained the lead when Nolan added the points after Neil Adamson crossed.

Limavady, with the help of a yellow card to Michael Campbell, added tries from Luke Faulkner, Clive Scott and Lamberton, for Jack McCool to goal two.

Five minutes into the second period, Lurgan scrum-half Chris Jenks crossed with Nolan goaling and adding a penalty. With seven minutes remaining, Limavady's Lamberton bagged a converted solo try to make it 31-20. Two minutes later, Lurgan flanker Chris Cassidy broke from a line-out to crash over and Nolan added the points before the full-back charged through for the final try to give his team the victory.

Malone IV defeated Enniskillen II 22-10 in the Forster Cup final at the Kingspan. The Gibson Park team's scores came through Ben Siri (2), Aaron Culbert and Karl Yellop for Andrew McCarter to goal one. Prop Richard Beatty and No.8 Ross Duncan were the Enniskillen try scorers.

Enniscorthy's 22-7 victory over Clonmel in the AIL Qualifying Round-Robin means Bangor can gain promotion to 2C with a bonus win at Clonmel on Saturday.

Should Bangor finish in second, they will start favourites to defeat the ninth team in 2C (Sligo) and gain the final place.

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