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Instonians book place in final as Bangor bow out

By Staff Reporter

Instonians made up for the disappointment of Tuesday night's Junior Cup final loss (7-5) to Bangor with probably their best performance of the season when they eliminated Clogher Valley 30-20 in the All Ireland Junior Cup semi-finals.

Unfortunately it will not be another Ulster side they'll meet in the final as the long journey to Enniscorthy twice in the past week combined with the gruelling contest against Inst paid a toll as Bangor lost 23-5.

Thrilled Instonians coach Wilburt Leacock said: "To come back after Tuesday's defeat was absolutely brilliant.

"To regain our confidence and determination was amazing and once we withstood Clogher's initial 20-minute onslaught I knew we could do it and we took it to them."

Inst trailed 8-13 at the interval but ran in four tries - from Rory Bell, captain Glenn Baxter, Mike Blackwood and Zac Finlay - for Fraser Wright to goal two, kick a penalty and drop a goal.

The result down at Enniscorthy flattered the home team as Bangor had what looked like a legitimate try disallowed before Curtis Stewart crossed for their only points on the day.

The Seasiders were also at a disadvantage when their out-half Ross McCloskey was surprisingly yellow carded for a second time in the game.

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