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Harris try gets Ballynahinch over the line

Ballynahinch VII secured their place in the last eight of the McCambley Cup with a 15-5 victory over a mainly young and energetic Clogher Valley III.

Hinch were on top in the first half and went in front with a Richard McKelvey penalty.

Home centre Adam Baxter was off target with a long penalty effort before hitting the crossbar with the next.

Hinch kept attacking and took a 10-0 lead into the interval after hooker Chris Armstrong crossed for McKelvey to goal.

Clogher cut the gap in half when a break from full-back Peter Stubbs opened up the opportunity and captain Lee Caruth set the ball off to the right before it was re-cycled left for winger Andy Brady to crash over in the corner

Clogher then managed to curtail Hinch until the final 15 minutes of the game when No. 8 Jonny Wilson, a former Irish Youth player, broke away, but was tackled by Caruth just short. He off-loaded to Matty Harris who dived over.

"It was a tight game, but a few lapses in defence allowed them a couple of simple tries," said Caruth.

"Ballynahinch are made up of so many experienced players and I felt our team gave them a hard enough encounter.

"We had to defend well and our back three of Chris Robinson, Peter Stubbs and Andy Brady had exceptional games.

"We played our best rugby in the third quarter and managed to pull back five points.

"We gave a good account of ourselves against such a renowned team as the Evergreens and our under-19 players, prop Timothy Smyton, flanker Mark McKenna and full-back Peter Stubbs showed there is talent coming through."

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