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Marshall is the main man for Larne

Former Ulster Junior Stephen Marshall showed some of his old skills when he helped bring Larne II recover from a 17-point deficit to defeat Belfast Harlequins 26-22 in Minor East 2.

Marshall, who assisted the Juniors to the Inter-Provincial title 1998, was playing out of his normal full-back position at out-half where he had a hand in a couple of tries, and it was his break that really set his team on the way to victory against the dogged Belfast side.

Quins started at a great rate and before their opponents had realised, they had scored two tries. Johnny Watson had kicked an early penalty and then they kept up the momentum and warranted converted tries from Johnny McEwan and Andrew Scott.

Larne captain Stephen Johnston realised that a frank talk was needed.

"We were determined that it was not going to be one of those days so we started to counterattack. Second row forward Marc Gilbert and full-back Cary Ashton were prominent going forward."

Larne's second try came following an overlap when Johnny Shirley crossed to bring them back to 13-17 by the interval. The home team did well to keep Quins out after the restart but reduced the deficit to one point with another Hall penalty.

Then it was the turn of Marshall to make his presence felt when he cut through and made ground for Andrew Darragh to touch down and put Larne ahead for the first time.

Hall kicked the conversion and added another penalty but the visitors kept to their task and, following a number of phases on the home line, full-back Ollie McDonald scored.

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