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Faloon brothers take control as Armagh win Ulster derby

All-Ireland League


Armagh’s Neil Faloon after scoring a try against Malone. Credit: David Maginnis

Armagh’s Neil Faloon after scoring a try against Malone. Credit: David Maginnis


Armagh’s Neil Faloon after scoring a try against Malone. Credit: David Maginnis

it was a family affair as the Faloon brothers scored all the Armagh points in their 20-14 defeat of Malone in AIL Division 1B at Palace Grounds.

It was a game of two halves with Armagh forging ahead to take a 20 point interval advantage after the visitors failed to convert their many chances into points.

Following forward pressure No 8 Neil Faloon crashed over and a Harry Boyd chip through led to Kyle adding the second. Kyle converted both and kicked two penalties.

Malone had the better of the second-half and combined to earn tries by James McAllister and Sean Lynch. Callum Smith and Rory Campbell added the points, the latter right at the end to earn a bonus point.

Banbridge, Ulster’s other representative in 1B, lost for the seventh successive occasion, against the undefeated Highfield 26-19.

The visitors dominated the first period to take a 21-5 interval lead after Bann scored a Conor Field try.

Undaunted they struck back with second-half scores from Michael Cromie and Stuart Cromie, both converted by Adam Doherty, to earn a bonus point.

In 1A, Ballynahinch were also defeated for the seventh time but could well have won against Cork Constitution at Ballymacarn, going down 19-17.

They led 10-5 at half-time following a Jack Milligan penalty and a Shane Ball try goaled by Greg Huntley but a crucial penalty was missed.

The Munster team later went 19-10 in front before an interception resulted in a converted try from Tagen Strydom try which brought Hinch to within two points. Although they had the possession and territory for the last 10 minutes the visiting defence held to restrict Hinch to a bonus point.

In 2A, Queen’s still head the table with a 40-8 win over UL Bohemians while Ballymena remain in third place after a dominant home victory against bottom of the table Nenagh/Ormond 46-12. Rainey had a long and unsuccessful trip to Buccaneers 21-36.

In 2B the Dungannon v Ballina game was cancelled due to Covid so the four points were shared and Belfast Harlequins were edged out at Sligo 20-16. Covid also accounted for the 2C Clonmel v Omagh encounter while Bangor lost at home to Enniscorthy 36-12 and City of Derry went down 31-10 at Middleton.

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