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Ballynahinch miss chance to pile on heat in Ulster Challenge League title race

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballynahinch recorded a 14-0 victory over Armagh in the Ulster Challenge League last night but they failed to clinch a bonus point.

Hinch needed to gain the maximum number of points available to exert pressure on league leaders Ballymena but the Braidmen are now one victory away from clinching title glory.

The Eaton Park team have a two-point lead over Hinch with each having only one game to play against City of Derry.

Ballymena have home advantage in their clash against Derry on April 7 and a victory will confirm the title.

It was a rather lacklustre performance from Hinch at Ballymacarn Park. Although they had the majority of possession and territorial advantage, they had great difficulty penetrating the visiting defence.

They went in front after seven minutes with a Chris Quinn penalty from the 10-metre line and Armagh's only scoring chance came after 27 minutes when a penalty was awarded for a high tackle - but they missed.

Hinch attacked strongly after the restart and an easy Quinn penalty followed after three minutes. Five minutes later came the only try of the game when a Jonny Simpson break was carried on by James Simpson, who linked with Johnny Madden.

He made a charge and in the process pulled a hamstring before hobbling over the line. The conversion attempt was missed.

In the final 10 minutes Armagh had two players carded but Hinch's only reward was a third Quinn penalty.

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