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Jason Morgan leads Bangor to victory over Clondalkin

By Ronnie Ingram

Last season's defeated finalists Bangor - along with fellow Ulster teams Instonians and Clogher Valley - qualified for the second round of the All Ireland Junior Cup.

Clondalkin had the better of the first quarter at Upritchard Park but gradually Bangor settled for a 23-10 three-try victory.

Jason Morgan was again in fine form with two tries, a penalty and a conversion. Curtis Stewart helped them to an 8-0 interval advantage with a try after Mark Widdowson kicked an early penalty.

Instonians dominated play for the first hour at Newcastle West and came out on top 20-5.

Fraser Wright kicked two first half penalties and later converted tries from Matt Dawson and Rory Bell.

One disappointing conclusion about this competition is the state of Junior rugby in Connacht.

Of their four teams that qualified to participate two were unable to field a team and the remaining two, Monivea and Westport, despite home advantage, could only contribute a total of four penalties in the process of suffering heavy defeats.

Three teams from Ulster and Leinster and two from a Munster remain.

Results: Bangor 23 Clondalkin 10, Newcastle West 5 Instonians 20, Monivea 3 St Senan's 34, Monkstown 41 Muskerry 16, Westport 9 Ashbourne 29, Clogher Valley w/o Connemara, Enniscorthy w/o Dromore, Clonmel w/o Ballinasloe.

In the Dudley Cup, a competition between the four AIL Irish Universities at Terenure, a weakened Queen's were unable to retain the trophy after defeats to the champions Trinity College (44-12) and UCC (21-12).

They especially would have wanted to overcome Cork Uni, who they meet again in the AIL on Saturday, although this time they will have home advantage.

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