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Bangor tough it out to keep double aim alive

Junior Cup holders Bangor eliminated Ballymena II in the second round of the Powerade Towns Cup with a tight 10-3 triumph at Upritchard Park.

When the two met earlier in the season at Eaton Park in the Junior Cup, the visitors needed a late try to emerge 33-29 victors.

Ballymena had the wind advantage in the first-half on Saturday and kept their opponents contained but although they did win a number of penalties, they were only successful with one from Rory Drysdale.

Bangor turned round happy to only face a three-point deficit and within a few minutes of the second period had taken the lead. A high ball into the Ballymena '22' was fumbled and Mark Widdowson gained possession for prop Phil Whyte to run in.

Neil Cuthbertson converted and towards the close Jadon Morgan kicked a penalty. Bangor have taken one step closer to the double but their main ambition is AIL status.

They had opened a gap over main rivals Instonians but the Belfast team are now back level on 41 points after defeating them 23-17 a week ago and they followed that up with a bonus-point 22-3 victory over Cooke on Friday. Clogher Valley and Portadown are 10 points in arrears in the battle for the AIL round-robin place.

Ballynahinch II, one of Bangor's main rivals for the Cup, had a 52-6 win over Ards while Donaghadee, who have plenty of Cup history, defeated Larne 26-20.

OTHER RESULTS: Ballymoney 25 Dromore 24, Banbridge II 12 Portadown 36, Coleraine 7 Omagh 17. The Armagh II v Clogher Valley clash was postponed and will be played at a later date.

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