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Armagh waiting game boosts Hinch hopes

By Ronnie Ingram

Armagh's hopes of winning the SONI Ulster Premiership for the first time have diminished following the postponement of their vital game against Ballymena at Eaton Park.

With the All Ireland League resuming on Saturday, the fixture will now probably be played in April when Ballymena, who would have been without a number of key players on Saturday due to Ulster commitments, will be much strengthened.

Armagh need to win with a bonus point to take the title but if they fail to do so Ballynahinch, who defeated City of Derry 45-21, will win the Stevenson Shield.

City of Derry put up a dogged fight and led twice before having a player yellow carded and conceding five second half tries at Judge's Road.

"It was a much better effort which should give us some confidence before the resumption of the AIL at home to Barnhall on Saturday," observed Director of Rugby Moss Dineen.

"October was the last time we scored three tries and more than 20 points so maybe we are starting to turn the corner."

Hinch ran in seven tries from Callum McLaughlin, Michael Graham, George Gill, Willie Stewart, Tom Stapley, Johnny Murdock and Chris Quinn who also kicked five conversions.

Derry's Neil Burns was also successful with all his conversions to Jason Bloomfield, Ian Bratten and Richard Baird tries.

Banbridge defeated Dungannon 22-3 while, in Division 2, Belfast Harlequins had a 24-12 victory over Bangor.

Danske Bank Medallion Shield: Dalriada 9 Coleraine Grammar 6, Cambridge House 17 Enniskillen Royal 10, Limavady Grammar 32 BHS 0, Ballyclare High 10 Portadown College 34, Foyle College 0 Omagh Academy 22, Down High 5 Sullivan Upper 29. The Ballymena Academy/Bangor Grammar tie was postponed. Fourth round draw: Wallace High v Sullivan Upper, BRA v Friends' School, Cambridge House v RS Armagh, Campbell College v RBAI, Limavady Grammar v Ballymena Acad or Bangor Grammar, Omagh Academy v Banbridge Academy, MCB v Dalriada, Portadown College v RS Dungannon

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