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Queen's have summit in sight thanks to win

By Ronnie Ingram

Queen's stayed in second place, four points off the top of AIL Div 2A, with an 18-10 victory over Old Wesley.

Galwegians still lead but Ballymena moved up to joint third with Barnhall and City of Derry despite a 7-8 defeat to Cashel.

"The first half belonged to our Dublin visitors and they gave us a lesson on how to play into the wind," said Queen's director of rugby Robbie Moore.

"We were fortunate that Ritchie McMaster was in accurate kicking form with two penalties which helped us to a 6-3 interval lead."

Barry McLaughlin scored the penalty for Old Wesley but in the second half Andrew Butler scored an individual try for Queen's against the run of play.

McMaster then crossed for a second try which he converted from in front of the posts to put the Ulster side 18-3 in front.

Moore admitted it was a rather flattering lead but the always-dangerous Wesley side claimed a deserved try by Wesley Deverill which McLaughlin goaled. The visitors then threw everything into attack to get a bonus point but a penalty attempt hit the post and a drop goal was wide.

After the game Moore thought it was a good all round effort from his side.

"In the second half we showed determination but there was still little between the teams.

"Lorcan Dow was our Man of the Match but Andrew Clingan showed up well when he came on and Damon Hall had a couple of piercing moves from full-back," he said.

There were no upsets in the second round of the Powerade Towns Cup with Irish Junior Cup finalists Clogher Valley gaining revenge for their Junior Cup defeat by Ballyclare, winning 37-10.

Towns Cup results: Donaghadee 34 Enniskillen 12, Omagh 19 Larne 10, Ballymoney 45 Strabane 0, Armagh II 3 Coleraine 27, Dromore 6 Ballynahinch II 15, Ballymena II w/o UUC, Banbridge II 12 Bangor 27

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