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Rainey fighting to avoid drop zone after Highfield

By Ronnie Ingram

Rainey's 33-19 AIL 2B defeat at Highfield means that they will probably need to win their final three games to avoid the dreaded relegation play-off place.

Bective are two points ahead and both should record wins over the already relegated Seapoint. The loss also affects City of Derry's hopes of winning the title as Highfield have now closed the gap to one point with two fixtures remaining.

Rainey were in this contest after an hour and only trailed 14-13. They were hoping for at least a losing bonus point going into the clash but a thoughtless long pass allowed the home team to intercept and it was a long way back. Peter Stewart scored the Rainey try after a Johnny Lees break inside their own 22 and Josh McIlroy kicked four penalties and a conversion.

It's a Bangor/Enniskillen Powerade Towns' Cup final at Kingspan on Easter Monday.

Bangor gained their expected win over Omagh on a 25-12 scoreline, although the visitors were 12-7 in front at one stage. A lacklustre display and missed chances by Clogher Valley gave Enniskillen an 8-6 victory.

The McCrea Cup final at Kingspan, to be held on Tuesday April 5, will be between Cooke and Malone II. Cooke eliminated the holders Queen's II 25-8, while Malone had a closer contest at Academy 21-17.

The Danske Bank Schools' Subsidiary Shield final between Down High and Wallace High will kick-off at the Kingspan this afternoon at 2.30pm.

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