Hinch take title initiative
The top two teams in Minor East 1 met at the weekend, with Ballynahinch VI emerging 34-24 victors over Antrim. The home team now have a six-point lead, but have played an extra game with five fixtures remaining.
"We piled on the pressure early to take a 14-point lead with two quick-fire tries by Chris Bishop and Richard McKelvey, both converted by Matty Shields," commented captain Mark McGowan.
Antrim retorted with an intercept try by Neil Manson for John Bull to convert. The visitors grew in confidence and Jack Dempster narrowed the gap with a solo effort try, leaving the score 14-12 at the interval.
Ten minutes into the second half, Antrim took the lead for the first time when Bull scored a converted try. Hinch's Shields kicked a penalty, but the visitors made it 24-17 when Holmes sent Webb over. Jason Barr then crossed for Hinch.
Antrim did their best to get back into the encounter but Hinch slowed down the play and Jeremy Turner went in for the final try. Shields was clinical with the boot, landing all of his conversion attempts.