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Ross McCloskey impresses again but Rainey are beaten

By Ronny Ingram

Ross McCloskey has certainly made a big impact since his arrival at Rainey and he was again the man of the match on Saturday although they were narrowly beaten 39-35 at Seapoint in AIL 2A.

Former Rainey President Arnold McLean was full of praise for McCloskey, , "He learned his rugby at Bangor Grammar and is following in the footsteps of his brother Ulster's Stuart.

"In his first four games he has accumulated 47 points including two tries and with his confidence increasing we can expect big things from him. On Saturday not only was he involved in a couple of the tries but his accurate kicking produced 15 points.

"We scored four tries so at least we came away with two bonus points."

Ben McClelland, Mark Gordon, Peter Boyle and Jody McMurray had tries for McCloskey to convert three and add three penalties.

City of Derry may have lost their first two games but at least they earned two bonus points, unlike Dungannon who are pointless and propping up the table with Skerries.

"Rainey beat us by one point last week but we should have won this one against Barnhall but lost 29-22," stated Derry manager Michael Poole.

"Peter Henderson squandered a scoring opportunity in the first minute but we did go in front with a well taken Richard Baird try converted by Andrew Semple.

"Then we gave away stupid penalties but thankfully David Ferguson helped make it 14-9.

"They came back to level and then a try a piece followed, ours from Johnny Kennedy. We should have been 'out of sight' by the interval but had to be content with a 19-19 scoreline" he added.

"We had the better of the first period but there were too many defensive errors like last week. We allowed them back into the game and in the second half they looked the hungrier," he added.

City of Derry ultimately lost 29-22. The other Ulster results were:-

2A - Queen's 29 Banbridge 23, Old Wesley 50 Dungannon 8

2B - Armagh 20 Navan 15, Ards/Bruff postponed.

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