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Smith the star as Ballyclare saunter into semi-final spot

By Ronnie Ingram

Armagh II's 47-14 victory at Clogher Valley makes them River Rock Towns' Cup favourites but Ballyclare, Carrickfergus and Portadown also qualified for the semi-finals on March 17.

The performance of the afternoon was undoubtedly Ballyclare's Bobbie Smith who accumulated 40 points in the win over Limavady 80-0.

The estate agent, who is a very talented handler of the ball, ran in four tries and kicked 10 conversions in the 12-try success. Coach Mike Orchin-McKeever comments that his game management is superb and that he is improving with every game.

Orchin-McKeever has now been with Ballyclare for three seasons and they have finished fourth, third and will be in the top two of the Kukri URC Division 1 this year.

In fact they are favourites to represent Ulster in the AIL round-robin play-offs as they currently trail Instonians by three points but have a game in hand.

In the other Towns' Cup ties Portadown eliminated Ards 31-7 and Carrickfergus defeated Randalstown 19-8.

It will be a Ballymena Academy v Campbell College Danske Bank Medallion Shield final at Kingspan on Tuesday March 13.

Methodist College, who pipped the holders for the past few seasons RBAI 14-13 in the last round, narrowly lost to Campbell 26-22 at Osborne, while Ballymena were too strong for Enniskillen Royal 27-10 at Dungannon.

The next clash between Campbell and Methody will be when their firsts meet in the Schools' Cup semi-final at Kingspan next Tuesday.

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