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'It means a lot': Emotional John Cooney keen to repay Ulster fans for support shown during tough season

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Touchdown: Ulster’s John Cooney scores a crucial try in the eventful win over Northampton Saints.

Touchdown: Ulster’s John Cooney scores a crucial try in the eventful win over Northampton Saints.

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Man of the match Jordi Murphy celebrates as Marty Moore scores a try

Man of the match Jordi Murphy celebrates as Marty Moore scores a try

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Touchdown: Ulster’s John Cooney scores a crucial try in the eventful win over Northampton Saints.

Ulster supporters may have been shut out of stadiums for the vast majority of the season so far but the province's star scrum-half John Cooney has still felt their presence keenly on the way to the Challenge Cup semi-finals.

Dan McFarland's men booked their place in the last four, where they'll take on Leicester at Welford Road, only after overcoming an eight-point deficit at the hands of Northampton Saints on Saturday night, the turning point coming when Cooney scored and converted a crucial try to give his side the lead in the closing stages.


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