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City of Derry are denied as Dungannon claim victory

By Ronnie Ingram

What a difference two weeks and two defeats can make. City of Derry had only been beaten once in 2B and had opened up a 16-point lead over Highfield, although the Cork side had a game in hand, and then suddenly - defeats to Greystones 18-11 and Dungannon 9-7.

The position does not look so rosy now as the gap has been reduced to 11, although the fact that there are only four more games to play is in their favour.

Derry's misfortune was to the benefit of Dungannon who have now jumped over Bective to joint seventh with Rainey and are now out of the relegation zone.

The difference between the two teams at Judges Road was the fact that Paul Armstrong kicked his penalties whereas Derry didn't have any to show for their efforts.

All the scoring was in the first period with Armstrong on target three times for Dungannon, while scrum-half Simon Logue nipped over for the Derry try which Neil Burns converted.

In the other 2B fixture the strong Rainey pack paved the way for a 21-10 victory over Armagh. It was a much needed win for the Magherafelt team whose full-back Scott McLean contributed 11 points.

In 2A Banbridge still head the table by three points over Naas with four games remaining. Bann proved too strong for Skerries (26-17), while Naas had a 17-0 success at Queen's. In the remaining game, Malone after trailing 7-3 at the interval dominated the second period to win 27-14 with a bonus point.

The All Ireland Junior Cup has once again eluded coming back to Ulster as Instonians found Enniscorthy much too strong (23-7) at Ashbourne.

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