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Town aiming to seal double delight with Forster Cup

By Staff Reporter

Randalstown II have already clinched the Junior 4 title and are hoping to finish the season in style by winning the Forster Cup and remaining undefeated.

In the league, however, they still have to face Instonians III on Saturday and then Ballyclare III.

The pages in the Randalstown history book would need to be turned back to the 90s for a similar achievement at 2nd XV level.

The future is bright for the Seconds as the vast majority of players fall into the 18-21-years-old bracket with the eldest being 28.

The league crown was achieved with a 21-7 win over Ballymena IV and they followed that up with a 22-14 victory over City of Derry III before the more difficult task of eliminating Donaghadee 6-0 in the Forster Cup semi-final. They had already achieved 20-19 and 13-7 league victories over the Dee and this was another close affair.

Town started strongly with Jamie Orr, Conor Murray and Ben Winter much in evidence and Gary Hume, Liam Hurrell and Michael Hamilton catching the eye.

The forward pressure told after 15 minutes when Murray was successful with a penalty. Dee had an opportunity to level before half time but the penalty attempt drifted wide.

Later, Mark Paine came close to touching down but Dee came back with determination and only a try-saving tackle from prop Simon Adams prevented them from taking the lead.

Town appeared to have scored a try when Hurrell crashed over but it was disallowed. Matty Turner then calmly slotted over a drop goal and that's how the encounter concluded.

Manager Gregor Sloan was pleased that a senior Randalstown team had qualified for their first visit to Headquarters. He said: "It has been a remarkable year for such a young squad and much of the credit must go to the coaching staff of Gary Longwell and Alastair Strange."

Town now face a most difficult final against the holders Ballymena V, a team that also won Junior 6 and the Harden Cup last season.

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