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James McMahon treble gives Dungannon vital win

By Ronnie Ingram

A second hat-trick of tries by James McMahon helped Dungannon to their first AIL 2A victory of the season against second from bottom Seapoint 35-6 at Stevenson Park.

Dungannon now move off the bottom of the table to leave City of Derry exposed without any points. It's not good reading for Ulster teams who occupy three of the bottom four places, the other being Rainey.

The Tyrone team played against the strong elements in the first half and were soon ahead when out-half Milligan kicked penalties in the sixth and 10th minutes. Then a forward surge resulted in centre Mark Faloon squeezing over for Milligan to goal.

Seapoint came back with two James Kelly penalties. Dungannon pulverised their opponents after the restart when following a third minute Milligan penalty, McMahon crashed over in the 50th, 58th and 73rd minutes for the out-half to convert the first and the last.

Queen's are doing somewhat better and overcame Cashel 23-12. "Our opponents were strong at the rolling mauls and their defence was good," commented Director of Rugby Robbie Moore.

"The game was marred by the showing of the yellow card four times but we were 13-0 ahead at the interval when Conor Shiels scored a try for Justin Rea to goal and add two penalties. John Atkinson touched down for our second but then they hit a golden patch. With four minutes remaining Jacob Stockdale made sure."

Results: 2A: Banbridge 3 Blackrock 3; Rainey 7 Old Wesley 24; Thomond 33 City of Derry 6; 2B: Armagh 20 Greystones 7; Ards 3 Navan 11

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