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Late score sees Hinch II through for third time

 

By Ronnie Ingram

Millar McCall Wylie Junior Cup holders Ballynahinch II had been living dangerously in this season's competition and for the third time they needed a late score to progress, this time against Malone II, 15-14 in the semi-final.

Previously they required two late tries to eliminate Larne in the second round and a drop goal in the dying minutes here saw them through against Instonians.

Armagh II eliminated Ballymoney 17-7 in the other semi and will now meet Hinch in the final at Kingspan on December 21.

Malone had the edge in the first period at Ballymacarn Park, but squandered scoring opportunities and failed to make full use of the wind and slope. They deservedly took the lead when flanker Stuart Doddington showed power and determination to cross in the corner.

Will Stewart, a real threat in the Hinch backline all day, set up the equalising score when he cut through and, after some re-cycling, full-back Paddy Wright touched down far out.

Malone failed to take advantage of a penalty into the corner when they messed up the line-out and Hinch retaliated with a Justin area penalty. Mark O'Connor added a penalty to make the interval score 8-8.

In the third quarter, the visitors were rewarded with two more penalties but a defensive mistake late on gave Hinch the chance to clinch victory. They pressurised the visitors' line for Stewart to eventually cut through and ground close to the posts for Wright to add the winning points.

In the Danske Bank Schools' Medallion Shield, Wellington College defeated Our Lady St Patrick's 12-5 while the Foyle College/Craigavon SHS tie was postponed.

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