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Local trio march on, but Inst fall agonisingly short


By Ronnie Ingram

Three Ulster teams - Dromore, Ballyclare and Grosvenor - convincingly qualified for the second round of the Energia All-Ireland Junior Cup, but Instonians missed out following their narrow 25-21 defeat by Crosshaven.

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There was little between them at Shaw's Bridge but Inst failed to make full use of the wind in the first half and had a player yellow-carded in that period.

They led 13-3 at the interval with tries from Adam McCarthy and Mike Bentley, plus a Scott McLean penalty.

After the restart, Cian McGovern had a second penalty cancelled out by McLean before tries from Stephen Curran and Sean Gray helped put the Munster side 18-16 ahead.

A Joe Fryars try regained the home advantage but a late converted try by No.8 James Kind ended Inst's hopes.

Ballyclare had a 36-3 success at Castlebar, where there were tries from Owen Kirk, Matthew Coulter, Adam Moore, Ricky Lutton and Matthew McDowell. Ulster junior Joel McBride also touched down and converted three.

Grosvenor had a highly successful trip to Richmond, winning 44-15 with tries from Jordan Brown (2), Mitch McComb, Willie Rea, Peter Davison and Daniel Bowden for Tim Emerson to goal four and kick two penalties.

Dromore, after taking a 24-3 half-time lead, defeated Newcastle West 38-10. Ben Heath (2), Andrew Rutledge, Dylan Cobb, Andrew Black and Adam Donald all scored for Lee Steenson to convert four.

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