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Derry stay in touch at top after fortunate draw


Mistakes were the order of the day when City of Derry were fortunate to come away from Bective with three points after a 28-28 draw.

Playing conditions were difficult but poor tacking and handling in the first half helped the Dublin team secure a 21-13 interval advantage which was increased by a further five points at the start of the second period.

But Derry fought back with three tries in the final quarter, Simon Logue, Richard Baird, Josh Lewis and Andrew Semple scoring for Richard McCarter to convert one and kick two penalties.

Moss Dineen, the CMO, thought his team was never going to settle.

"We finally adapted to the conditions and after the second try the confidence returned. At one stage it looked as though we would be fortunate to claim a point but thankfully we won three to keep us within a point of the top.

League leaders Ballymena had a rather one sided home victory over Old Wesley, 21-6. Ballymena had two converted tries in the first half and one in the second. Timmy Small goaled those from Mike Entwhistle, Dave Shanahan and Conor Smyth.

Director of Rugby Pete McKenzie was pleased with the home defence.

"Wesley did pressurise at times but we managed to contain them and they never really looked like scoring a try. We kept to our task and Brian Young was our Man of the Match."

Rainey are in joint third with Galwegians after a hard-fought 10-9 win over Bruff.

Michael Shiels scored his fourth try in three outings while Mark O'Connor contributed a conversion and a penalty and the young and dogged home team kept their line intact.

Queen's really suffered at Galwegians, losing 28-0 while Banbridge are still looking for their first win after narrowly losing to UCC 23-20.

Bann did well to draw level just before the end but Kevin Kidney, watched by his father, former Irish coach Declan, dropped a goal for victory.

Bann earned a point after Adam Doherty kicked a penalty and converted a penalty try. Andy Hyde and Adam Ervine also touched down.

In 2B a rejuvenated Ards beat Sunday's Well 10-9 to move up to fifth place, their highest for a number of seasons. After falling six points behind they came back with a penalty try converted by Paul Cox who also had a penalty.

Armagh played well to restrict Richmond to a 6-0 interval lead considering the strong wind blowing into their faces, but there were no scores in the second half. Instonians, after leading 10-5 at half time lost to Greystones 11-10 after squandering penalty opportunities, but Matthew Keane scored a try and Matthew McClelland had a conversion and a penalty.

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