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Win puts unbeaten Derry top of the table

City of Derry are the new AIL 2A league leaders following their 10-5 win over Old Crescent and Ballymena's 17-15 defeat at the hands of Banbridge.

Undefeated Derry had fielded a depleted team with a number playing out of position but still managed to secure a win when Neil Burns converted a Stephen Mulholland try and kicked a penalty.

Banbridge recorded their first victory against a disappointing Ballymena. They scored the only two tries through Chris Allen and Greg Taylor for Lee Steenson to convert both and add a penalty.

Pete McKenzie, the Ballymena Director of Rugby, thought Bann showed greater urgency.

"They were determined to win their first game and we were flat. It was a poor effort as we never really got into the encounter but at least we earned a bonus point," he said.

Queen's led Naas 26-3 but then conceded four second-half tries before winning 33-22. Damon Hall scored three and Stuart McIlwaine and Chris Colvin had one each. Ritchie McMaster kicked four conversions. Rainey lost 39-20 at UCC where Mark O'Connor contributed a try, a penalty and goaled one of the scores by George Fritz and Nick Sterling.

Armagh kept in the title chase in 2B with a 15-8 win over Skerries, Richard Reaney kicking all their points with five penalties. Instonians visited league leaders and unbeaten Nenagh/Ormond and lost 20-8. Ards conceded three tries in their home defeat to Sligo 30-0.

* Portadown and Clogher Valley will represent Ulster in the Irish Junior Cup semi-finals, facing either Leinster's Enniscorthy and Munster's Skibbereen.

Portadown needed a late penalty to eliminate Dundalk 15-12 at Chambers Park, whereas Clogher Valley had their expected comfortable (29-0) win against Kilfeacle and District.

The other quarter-finals also resulted in home wins, Enniscorthy 30-22 Coolmine and Skibbereen 17-10 Tralee.

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