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Ballynahinch turn on the style to capture Crawford Cup glory

Ballynahinch III57-0 Dromore II 0

By Ronnie Ingram

Ballynahinch III soothed the pain of their Crawford Cup final loss against Omagh II - their only defeat of the season - by running in nine tries in a 57-0 victory over Dromore II in the Harden Cup decider at Dromore.

The scoreline flattered the visitors as Dromore exerted pressure a number of times but just could not cross the Hinch line. Dromore's backs were denied the opportunity to show their capabilities as their opposition simply dominated possession.

Hinch opened the scoring after five minutes. A Robbie Irvine kick into the corner resulted in winger and captain Mark McCormick going over and that was followed by a try from full-back Ben McMullan.

A James Martin break led to Jordan Graham adding the third before a surge forward by scrum-half Johnny Murdoch allowed flanker Philip Broome to touch down. Irvine made three conversions in the first half, taking the score to 26-0 at the interval.

With the visiting pack dictating the play and Ryan Lusk winning more than his share of line-out ball, Hinch added a further five tries. An Irvine reverse pass to Chris Orr saw the winger cross the line and, on 55 minutes, Graham grabbed his second.

Another reverse pass from Patrick Wright allowed Martin to run in 10 minutes later.

Turnover ball and a break down the blindside led to Orr linking with Murdoch for the scrum-half to score the eighth.

Dromore fought right to the end and were encamped on the visitor's line for a time during which Hinch had two players carded but they just couldn't find a way through.

The final try was one of the best of the night with Murdoch running in from 90 metres out to dive over in the corner.

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