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McCambley Cup: Brave Antrim crash out

Joint Minor East One leaders Antrim put up a gallant McCambley Cup quarter-final performance, but Ballynahinch VII had the better of the final quarter to emerge 18-10 victors. The brave Antrim boys bowed out to a more experienced and physical team playing with home advantage.

The home side went ahead when former Irish under-20 No 8 Jonny Wilson crashed over.

Antrim reduced the arrears when Hinch were reduced to 14 men and Toby Rowe kicked the penalty. Another Hinch pick and drive gave them a 10-3 interval lead when Paddy Gibson crossed.

Antrim deservedly levelled when Neil Manson ran down the wing for a solo effort try, which Rowe impressively converted.

Ray McCavery added a Hinch penalty and hooker Chris Armstrong crossed in the final 10 minutes to put the issue beyond doubt.

Antrim coach David McKee thought his team had allowed Hinch to play their style of game.

He said: "We only played our own game for short periods and if we are going to win the league then we can't give the opposition any opportunities."

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