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Derry's derby win gets them out of basement

By Ronnie Ingram

City of Derry's 30-17 win over Dungannon, their second in AIL 2A, moves them off the bottom up to 12th place while the Stevenson Park team are now jointly propping up the table with Bective and Seapoint.

"I feel we proved to be the better side as the conditions deteriorated in the second half," commented Derry boss Michael Poole.

"In the first period we gave them a lot of turnover ball and our slow start allowed them to take a 10-point lead after 15 minutes.

"Fortunately we narrowed the gap before the interval and then we took control," he stated.

The visitors were ahead after five minutes with a Peter Gilkinson try which Jack Milligan goaled before he added a penalty.

Midway through, Andrew Semple had a Derry penalty and right on the interval they crossed for their first try, scored by David Ferguson.

Two minutes after the restart Semple kicked his second penalty to put his team ahead and he then added the points to a Stephen Corr try.

Dungannon responded when Milligan converted his own score to bring them within a point but Derry had the upper hand.

The pack set up the final two tries, from William McCleery and Richard McCarter for Semple to convert the latter to bring Derry their bonus point.

An injury time Mark O'Connor penalty gave Rainey a 16-15 win over lowly Bective who missed four penalties in front of the posts.

Banbridge were not so fortunate at Skerries, losing 19-17 where they conceded a last move of the game try and then watched the conversion bounce off the crossbar and in over to rob them of two points.

UCC found Queen's too difficult to handle in Cork 18-3. In 2B there were mixed fortunes with Armagh defeating Midleton 21-17 and Ards losing at Highfield 69-0.

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