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Queen's take Skerries all the way in 12-try thriller

AIL Division 2A/2B

Twelve tries were scored at Skerries where Queen's lost by the narrowest of margins 41-40 but came home with two points in AIL 2A.

The students gave third placed Skerries a hard-fought battle and it was only in the final two minutes that the home team clinched victory.

Queen's were five points in arrears at the interval but Damon Hall, their prolific try scorer all season, once again, dashed in from 40 metres out, David Marshall and Jack Owens each scored two while the other came from Stuart Hooks. Justin Rea converted two and kicked two penalties.

City of Derry's hopes of finishing in the top 10 were diminished when they unexpectedly lost at home to UCC, 21-20 and they now need a bonus point win at Seapoint against second place Blackrock or, more realistically hope Rainey win at Nenagh/Ormond.

Derry, who led 13-12 at half-time, had Adam Bratton, David Ferguson and David Houston tries for Peter Henderson to convert one and add a penalty.

Banbridge's slim chances of promotion were dashed in a 26-19 defeat at Naas 26-19 and Rainey's beat Dungannon 27-10.

In 2B Armagh beat Richmond 22-3 but need to win at Tullamore and depend on other results if they are to be promoted.

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