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Inst need one more win to make All-Ireland promotion academic

AIL Division Three

By Ciaran Donaghy

A win for Instonians this Saturday will see the Shaw's Bridge side gain promotion to Division Two of the All Ireland League, despite a weekend defeat to Ulster rivals City of Derry.

Clem Boyd's side have slipped to third in the standings following the 30-23 defeat at Judges Road.

It was only Instonians second defeat of the season and with bottom club Connemara visiting Belfast this weekend Boyd's men should clinch promotion in front of their own fans, especially as the Connacht side have lost all 13 games so far.

Derry's win puts them 10 points clear of fifth placed Banbridge, but the Rifle Park club have a game in hand.

In a must-win game for Derry winger Simon Logue got the opening try with Richard Peoples |(pictured) converting.

The home side added another try from David Funston and lock Chris Cooper profited from a charge down to give City of Derry a 19-3 half-time lead.

Instonians got back into the game through full back Scott Browne, who scored a try and kicked three penalties.

Tom Patton got Derry's bonus point try while Steven Douglas went over for the visitors before two Peoples penalties sealed it.

Rainey stayed in the hunt for a play-off place with a win over Sundays Well.

The 27-16 win in Cork moved the Old Boys to within a point of fifth, but they have played a game more. Out half Mark O'Connor scored 22 points.

Ards were on the wrong end of a 36-3 scoreline at Barnhall.

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