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Hinch are on cloud nine after their big victory over Ballymena

By Ronnie Ingram

A pulsating SONI Ulster Premiership Division 1 encounter saw Ballynahinch score nine tries in a 55-10 victory over Ballymena at Ballymacarn.

There was nothing at stake League-wise as both teams were already out of contention with the title a matter to be decided between the holders Armagh and Malone.

Hinch, with a very young team, used their pace and width to forge a 29-0 interval advantage. The first try was a team effort which resulted in a James Simpson score before Aaron Ferris showed his pace on the wing for the next two.

The other winger, John Hyndman, added the fourth following a kick through by No 8 Stewart Elwood and Simpson crossed for his second. James McBriar was on target with two conversions.

After 46 minutes Brian Howard added another converted try before the visitors reduced the arrears when JJ McKee crashed over.

Rhys O'Donnell scored when he weaved through from the '22' before Ballymena, whose best player was young Robert Balacombe on the wing, mauled the ball up the pitch for Houston Bonar to score. Following a kick ahead, obstruction led to a penalty try. The final try came after good work by Tim Martin who made ground and then passed to Hyndman who touched down.

Ballymena finish with only one win and six points while Hinch are on 11 with a game in hand. In the decider at Gibson Park next week undefeated Armagh have 20 points with Malone five points in arrears.

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