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Boyd salutes Armagh's response


By Ronnie Ingram

Armagh II bounced back from their midweek Junior Cup final defeat by Enniskillen but had to defend stoutly in the final quarter for a 17-14 win over Lurgan in the River Rock Towns' Cup.

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Armagh captain Harry Boyd said: "There were plenty of sore bodies after Tuesday and with no training on Thursday it took some time for us to gain momentum. Lurgan were strong and determined from the start but in the end we managed to hold on and will gladly take the win and move on."

Armagh led 7-0 at the interval after full-back Mervyn Brown broke through from halfway. He was tackled just short but, following a couple of phases, prop Aaron White charged over for Boyd to add the points.

The best try of the afternoon came seven minutes into the second period when a superb Boyd break was carried on by Stuart Lester for Jonny Agnew to run under the posts. Boyd goaled and added a penalty before Lurgan upped their performance.

Repeated infringements at the five metre line resulted in a penalty try and that gave them the confidence to come at Armagh again. With 10 minutes remaining, their forwards still had the upper hand against the tiring opposition and Chris Allen crossed for Stephen Nolan to convert.

Results: Ballymena II 28 City of Derry II 5, Ballymoney 45 Larne 12, Banbridge II 29 Donaghadee 10, Coleraine 16 Rainey II 31, Dungannon II 0 Ballynahinch II 69, Lurgan 14 Armagh II 17, Omagh II 34 Strabane 3. Limavady v Randalstown was postponed. The teams with a first round bye were Ards, Ballyclare, Carrickfergus, Clogher Valley, Dromore, Enniskillen, Lisburn and Portadown.

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