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Ruthless Inst progress to Cup decider in style

By Ronnie Ingram

Instonians stormed into the final of the Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup with 34 second-half points to eliminate Enniskillen 40-7 at Shaw's Bridge and they will now face Omagh at the Kingspan on Tuesday, December 16.

Enniskillen President Pat Cassidy said: "The result was certainly not a fair reflection of the game. I thought our pack had the upper hand for long periods but Inst really punished our mistakes and warranted their victory."

Inst out-half Fraser Wright kicked two first-half penalties and just after the restart second row forward Sebastian Folla scored following a blind side move from a line-out around halfway.

Wright then crossed before Glenn Baxter crashed over from a rolling maul. Wright intercepted to touch down with scrum-half Matthew Keane adding the fifth. Wright contributed 25 points with two tries, three penalties and three conversions.

Instonians coach Wilber Leacock was pleased with the workmanship effort. He said: "They really came at us in the first half but we upped the tempo. It was a physical game and we eventually got the job done," he stated.

The other semi-final resulted in an upset when Omagh, from Qualifying 2, eliminated their more senior opponents Ballyclare 18-12. The Tyrone team fully deserved their success with two tries to their opponent's four penalties.

Ballyclare were 6-3 ahead at the interval but the loss of Gary Weatherall with concussion and a yellow card to Bobbie Smyth gave Omagh the momentum.

Omagh Director of Rugby Glen Patterson said: "A brilliant try at the start of the second half by Alastair Beckett brought us back into the tie. James Catterson ran in our second and Lee Murphy converted one and kicked two penalties."

For the home team, Smyth scored three penalties and Gareth Byers one.

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