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By Ronnie Ingram

It's five years since an Ulster team won the All-Ireland Junior Cup but that disappointment could well be rectified as three teams - Bangor, Clogher Valley and CIYMS - have all qualified for this season's semi-finals.

City of Derry were the last Ulster team to clinch the trophy when a late score gave them a 19-17 victory over Armagh and the only other side from the province to succeed was Rainey 10 seasons ago.

Bangor left it late to eliminate Clonmel 21-15 in the first round and did so again when they knocked out favourites and holders Enniscorthy 14-12.

Bangor Director of Rugby Roger Corbett said: "It was a hard game against a very strong side.

"Jamie Clegg gave us the lead for Mark Widdowson to convert but they came back to take a 12-7 advantage before Widdowson ran in and converted for the win."

Last season's defeated finalists Clogher Valley eclipsed Connemara 43-10. Coach Ritchie Haire said: "We dominated the scrums and line outs and they never really looked like scoring apart from when they chipped through."

Connemara went ahead with a penalty but Valley retorted to take a 24-3 interval lead. They had a penalty try, with the others coming from Brian Wilson (2), Daniel Sharkey, Andy Breen and Paul Armstrong. Philip Holme kicked a penalty and five conversions.

In the other ties, CIYMS did well to come away from Coolmine with an 18-13 win while the only non-Ulster team left, Dundalk, won 24-10 at Newcastle West.

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