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Ravens left gutted by last gasp penalty

Ulster Ravens 24 Moseley 26: The Ulster Ravens disappointing British and Irish Cup campaign ended with a defeat in a sparkling game against Moseley at a sun-kissed Ravenhill.



Just when it seemed the Ravens would seal a win Olly Thomas slotted over a last gasp penalty to leave the Ulstermen heartbroken.

The Ravens took the lead on seven minutes with a try from City of Derry’s David Houston. Outhalf Niall O'Connor missed the conversion but extended the home side's lead with a 17th minute penalty.

Scrum half Michael Heaney showed great pace to score the Ravens second try as he broke down the right wing and went over unopposed.

Moseley got back in the game on 34 minutes with a try from scrum half Ryan De La Harpe with Thomas converting.

Moseley got a second try three minutes before the break with a solo run from centre Andy Reay who had enough strength to get over the line but Thomas failed to convert leaving the Ravens 13-12 up at the interval.

O'Connor nudged the Ravens into a four-point lead with his second penalty on 44 minutes.

The visitors hit back immediately with a long range penalty from Thomas but the full back hit the post with another opportunity.

Mike Gillick thought he had scored a third try for the visitors but was forced into touch before grounding the ball.

Moseley went in front with a third try on the hour mark when winger Nathan Bressington finished off a great break by Thomas. Moseley stretched their lead on 67 minutes with another long range penalty.

Replacement prop Allen Whitten rumbled over for the Ravens after good work from Niall McComb.

O'Connor put the Ravens in front with a 77th minute penalty but from the restart Moseley forced a penalty and Thomas won the game with his third penalty.

ULSTER Ravens: J Smith, D McIlwaine, D Cave, M McCrea, C Gaston, N O'Connor, M Heaney, C Carey, J Burns, A Macklin, D Huston, N McComb D Bradford, R Diack. Replacements: J Murphy, K McCall, A Whitten, P Pritchard, C Spence, M Allen, R McMaster.

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