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Ballynahinch leave Ards' McCambley Cup dream in tatters

By Staff Reporter

Ards IV's hopes of reaching an eighth McCambley Cup final in 11 seasons were shattered when they travelled to Ballynahinch VII in the second round and lost 26-3.

Hinch captain Clem Bassett said: "It was a great result but two tries in the last quarter when they had a player yellow carded maybe flattered us a bit.

"We were 10-3 ahead at the interval. Joel Callaghan kicked a penalty before he converted a Matty Glenn try."

Ards had a Simon Crowe penalty but another was turned down for a scrum which led to nothing.

"Later, Callaghan kicked two more penalties and further tries followed from Steven Seymour and Emlyn Williamson," Bassett concluded.

Another of the favourites for the trophy, the undefeated Malone V, recorded a 43-0 success at Finn Valley.

Captain Jonathan Keighley said: "We were always dangerous with ball in hand and that led to six tries for Andrew McCarter to convert five and also kick a penalty.

"We took a 29-point lead by half time. The first two tries came from our formidable second row Ojo Alomide and man of the match winger Oisin Cahill.

"Then former captain Tristan McCorry kicked through but Edmund York just beat him to the touchdown for the fourth."

In the second period, second row forward Keith Goddard crossed after an overlap and following a few phases winger John Torrens touched down.

"It was a bruising battle, especially up front, but I felt we deserved it," Keighley concluded.

McCambley Cup results: Cookstown 67 Belfast Harlequins IV 3, Limavady III 15 Tir Chonaill 12, Omagh IV 22 Clogher Valley III 31, Portadown V 10 Ballymoney IV 29, Randalstown III 19 Letterkenny II 22.

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