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Malone warm-up for Cup with five-try spree

Malone 29 - Rainey 5

By Staff Reporter

Malone III are still undefeated in Junior 2 following their 29-5 win at Rainey III but can expect a tougher encounter when they travel to Section 1 opposition Carrickfergus II in the Crawford Cup on Saturday.

Rainey had to play a couple of players out of their usual positions but still managed to have the edge in the first 10 minutes although the visitors came back to take a 10-5 interval advantage before dominating the closing minutes.

Malone's bigger pack carried well around the fringes and their pressure eventually paid off when their coach David Heron powered over. Rainey levelled when a floating pass from John Beattie found oncoming full-back Jarred Monaghan and he ran through a couple of defenders to touch down. Malone retorted when a drive from a line out led to a sweeping move for Tom Murray to score.

"Gavin McGucken, John McKenna and Declan McKenna put in a lot of good work at the start of the second half but we were not clinical enough when it mattered" said home captain Colin Patterson. The killer blow came when Malone put a number of phases together and flanker Lee Barlow exploited a gap to claim their third try.

Patterson, Connor Magee and Andrew Davis kept Rainey in the game and they were rewarded with another penalty but the attempt again failed.

In the final five minutes the visitors added two more tries through replacement winger Simon Miller, who ran in from 40 metres, and Gary Andrews then finished off with one of his powerful runs for Gareth Miller to goal.

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