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Unbeaten Bann still out in front after derby win

AIL Divisions Two A, B, and C

By Michael Sadlier

Published 10/10/2016

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The top of all three second divisions is still looking good as Banbridge, Armagh and Rainey remain as leaders of their respective tables, with the added bonus that all three are still unbeaten.

In 2A, Banbridge had to work hard to take four points from their 19-13 Ulster derby result over Malone at Gibson Park, second half tries from Peter Cromie and John Porter allowing Dan Soper's squad to rack up three wins to put alongside one draw.

"All in all we got four points. We have 16 points from our first four games which is two more than we were aiming for so I guess I can't be too grumpy," said Soper.

"It's a step in the right direction and the boys can be very satisfied with their first block."

Malone, who are now in eighth, did take a losing bonus point thanks to Nathan Brown's late penalty, and looked to have recovered from their thrashing at the hands of Queen's.

And, as it turns out, the sides will meet again this weekend in the Senior Cup's last eight, this time at Bann's Rifle Park.

Belfast Harlequins had another disappointing outing as they were beaten for the third time in four games when going down 34-3 at Blackrock.

The result saw Quins sink one place to ninth in 2A while Queen's University also dropped a spot to fifth after losing 18-8 at Nenagh.

Division 2B leaders Armagh took their unbeaten run to all four games when they hammered Barnhall 52-17, though Greystones are still right behind them after the Co. Wicklow club also won their fourth match in the 71-3 annihilation of now bottom side City of Derry.

Dungannon remain in third after winning 36-30 at Thomond.

In 2C, Rainey are now six in front of Midleton after sweeping Seapoint aside 31-0 at Hatrick Park to continue their impressive maximum point haul from all four games. Bangor's game at Tullamore was postponed due to a bereavement at the Co. Offaly club.

Div 2A: Corinthians 9 Highfield 29, Malone 13 Banbridge 19, Nenagh 18 QUB 8, Blackrock 34 Belfast Harlequins 3, Sunday's Well 22 Cashel 13.

Div 2B: Thomond 30 Dungannon 36, Armagh 52 Barnhall 17, Greystones 71 City of Derry 3, Skerries 27 Old Crescent 30.

Div 2C: Boyne 22 Midleton 22, Rainey 31 Seapoint 0, Bruff 26 Sligo 25, Kanturk 37 Navan 47, Tullamore Bangor (postponed)

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