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Captain McCorry praises Malone stars

By Ronnie Ingram

The winning margin in the Ravenhill Cup final may have been 48-3 in favour of Malone V but that certainly did not reflect the efforts of Inishowen at Coleraine.

They put up some dogged opposition and kept attacking but their only reward for their performance was a Ritchie Ferron penalty.

"We took an early lead following a fantastic run by second row Keith Gardiner and then centre James Conway, who has been a thorn in the side of most teams all season, ran in the second," stated Malone captain Tristan McCorry.

"Christopher Allen crossed to the far right and Ojo Alomide darted through for the fourth as we grew in confidence. Inishowen put us under sustained pressure for a time but we managed to keep them out and eventually a rolling maul inside their '22' resulted in Dominic Janssen crashing over," he added.

Allen crossed for his second and then replacement out-half Andrew McCarter soon made his presence felt when he sprinted in on the left.

Malone had the tie won at this stage but their opponents battled on for no reward. Janssen added his second and Chris Shaw ended with a total of four conversions.

McCorry was full of praise for Inishowen. He said: "They played their part and although we were the better team it certainly was not by such a margin.

"To win East 2 and now the Ravenhill Cup is an outstanding performance and it all comes down to a dedicated group of players who have been training every week since last May," he concluded.

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