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Super subs inspire Derry comeback against Sunday's Well

By Ronnie Ingram

City of Derry are now the only undefeated Ulster team in AIL Division 2 but they needed three inspirational substitutions from coach Terry McMaster to seal a 23-18 victory over Sunday's Well.

Director of Rugby Moss Dineen said: "We had little ball in the first-half but our defence were superb. The game swung in our favour when Terry brought on Richard McCarter, Craig Huey and David Funston at 12-6 down.

"Full-back Ali Beckett made a big impression and had a big part to play in all three scores. Andrew Semple and McCarter set him up for the first and then he broke through for David Graham to touch down.

"Huey and Funston combined for Beckett's second."

Semple kicked a conversion and two first-half penalties.

Rainey, meanwhile, were 15-6 in front at Bective but their unbeaten run came to an end as they went down 27-22, and Armagh were in contact with Highfield in the third quarter but succumbed in the closing minutes 29-15.

In a very physical encounter at Stevenson Park, Dungannon moved up to joint-second after defeating Greystones 20-17.

A last-minute drop goal robbed Banbridge of a deserved victory at Thomond, eventually losing out 22-21, but they are still joint pacesetters. Malone overcame bottom of the table Galway Corinthians 20-14. In the remaining game, former joint leaders Queen's conceded five tries in a 36-13 defeat at Nenagh/Ormond.

RESULTS: 2A: Malone 20 Galway Corinthians 14; Nenagh/Ormond 36 Queen's 13; Thomond 22 Banbridge 21. 2B: Armagh 15 Highfield 29; Dungannon 20 Greystones 17; Bective 27 Rainey 22; Sunday's Well 18 City of Derry 23.

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