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Instonians win but promotion hopes hang in balance

Instonians' hopes of a return to AIL rugby will have to wait until next season as Irish Junior Cup champions Dundalk have all but clinched the one place in next season's competition.

In theory, Inst are not out of contention but the Leinster team now travel to Connacht's representatives Connemara next Saturday.

Considering both Inst and Clonmel have scored 43 and 40 points respectively against Connemara, there is little chance of Dundalk slipping up. The Belfast team's final game, against the Munster Junior champions, is at Shaw's Bridge next Saturday.

Inst took a 17-0 interval advantage over Connemara on Saturday.

Director of Rugby Ken Keane said: "It was a team effort but Robert Whitten scored the try of the afternoon. We pushed them off the ball on their '22' and Whitten ran the length of the pitch to go under."

The other try scorers in the 43-0 victory were Fraser Wright (2), Glen Beattie, Matt Keane, Joe Fryers and Davy Scott, who also kicked four conversions.

In the McCambley Cup final at Kingspan, Malone V overcame Ballymoney IV 29-3 while Donaghadee III beat Armoy 18-10 in the Butler Shield final.

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