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Brave Rainey Endowed sunk by Down High in game pitch move

By Staff Reporter

Due to the heavy pitches at Downpatrick this tie was moved to Ballynahinch where Down High qualified for a home game against Coleraine Inst following a comfortable win over Rainey Endowed.

Rainey had the wind in their favour in the first half and long kicks kept Down inside their own territory. Chris Campbell, the visiting coach was satisfied when his team took the lead.

He said: "The try came from a ruck when the ball was taken down the 'blind' side with Rory Nicholl evading a couple of tackles to touch down.

"Unfortunately our tackling let us down and we didn't perform as well as I had expected and they came back with three unanswered tries."

It wasn't long before Down were level when a line-out close to the line set up the maul for Zac Ward to score.

Clayton Milligan and captain Nathan Gibson carried the ball forward for the next try which was again scored by Ward for Jo Bingham to convert.

Down coach Charlie Knox said: "Our third try was probably the best and came following a line-out just outside the Rainey '22'.

"Great off-loads out of tackle by both Duncan Ross and Nathan Gibson allowed Elliot Evans to show his talents when he cut through to go under the posts for Bingham to do the needful.

"At that stage we were 19-5 ahead."

Knox added: "Marcus Graham had been attacking all morning and he was justly rewarded when he crossed in the corner.

"It came after a scrum on the far side of the pitch and with the backs involved Graham was send into space to score."

Both teams met in the fourth round of the cup last season when Down narrowly progressed but this was a more convincing effort which will be to their benefit for the oncoming tie against Coleraine.

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