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Ulster Senior League: Red card hits Banbridge's promotion bid

The rather harsh decision to red-carded both Malone's John Burns and Banbridge's Miles O'Hagan will have a knock on effect as the Belfast team are struggling at second bottom of AIL 1B and Bann have an outside hope of promotion from 2A.

Both teams attempted to play open and rugby in their Ulster Senior encounter at Gibson Park where Malone won 40-12.

In the first minute Bann's Aaron Kennedy was just thwarted by Tommy Burns, but Malone settled down and were 26-0 ahead at the interval.

Andy Bryans joined the line for the first after four minutes, John Creighton (pictured) scored the second, a searing run by Neil Alcorn produced the next and Ben McDonald dived over just on the blow.

Bann retorted with a Timmy Savage try before the red card was shown. Within a three minute period Tommy Burns went in and brother Neil intercepted for the sixth. The latter contributed five conversions.

Undefeated Ballynahinch top the table with 34 points after seven games, City of Derry are second and out of contention with 30 from nine and Armagh are third with the slightest of hopes with 28 from seven, but need Hinch to slip up a couple of times in their final three games.

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