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Mark O'Connor helps Malone march to top of AIL League Div 2A

By Ronnie Ingram

Published 09/11/2015

On the ball: Kelvin Hamilton of Ballynahinch takes possession
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Victories in their last three AIL 2A games have projected Malone from sixth place to league leaders after a resounding 47-10 success over Nenagh/Ormond on Saturday.

"Our pack completely overwhelmed Nenagh and that confidence spread throughout the side which resulted in six tries giving us a bonus point for the third consecutive game," commented Malone CMO Raymond Thomas.

Mark O'Connor had a big part to play in the success with a total of 22 points, with a solo effort try as well kicking three penalties and four conversions. Adam Liddell, Rory Campbell, Lee Barlow and Nathan Brown also ran in tries in a rather one sided affair.

Malone now have a free week having been already eliminated from the Senior Cup but then travel to City of Derry in the UCL before meeting Queen's in the AIL.

Holders Instonians, Bangor, Omagh and Clogher Valley qualified for the semi-final draw of the Millar, McCall, Wylie Junior Cup which will be made this afternoon. There were no upsets in the quarter-finals with three of the four home teams winning and Clogher Valley repeating their recent League win at Portadown.

Results: 2A: Cashel 23 Queen's 26, UCC 27 Banbridge 26. 2B: Armagh 24 Bective 17, Dungannon 13 Barnhall 7, Greystones 27 Rainey 24, Highfield 29 City of Derry 27. Cup: Portadown 11 Clogher Valley 32, Instonians 22 Ballyclare 10, Omagh 31 Dromore 7 and Bangor 32 Ballynahinch II 8.

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