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Ulster Juniors soar to top in nine-try show

By Ronnie Ingram

A devastating second half that produced 54 points helped Ulster Juniors to the top of the inter-provincial table following their 62-6 success against Connacht in Larne.

Leinster are in second place one point in arrears but defending champions Munster earned a bonus point following that 13-8 defeat in Wexford.

"It was a tremendous performance from all 22 players," said Ulster manager John Todd.

"Our pack and especially Jamie Johnston (Enniskillen) and Kenny Morton (Ophir) were outstanding and towards the end Connacht looked demoralised"

Ards IV completed the league and cup double after they retained the McCambley Cup with a 44-19 defeat of Cookstown at Ravenhill.

The Black Knights took charge early on and, exuding confidence, never allowed their opponents into the game. Cookstown captain Liam Currie admitted his team was well beaten.

"They were too powerful with a number of experienced and former AIL players in their line-up. Shane Stewart controlled the encounter and they used the width of the pitch to their advantage.

"We were beaten but Cookstown will be back at Ravenhill again," he said.

Ards had clinched the Minor East 2 title in midweek with a 5-3 win over nearest rivals Malone.

In the Butler Shield final at Carrickfergus, Malone IV proved too strong for Larne III, 29-19.

The Belfast team had started favourites as their Fifths had already recorded 27-7 and 52-0 victories.

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