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Superb Wilson the inspiration as Instonians step up a gear

 

By Ronnie Ingram

Instonians and Enniskillen will represent Ulster in the second round of the All Ireland Junior Cup. Leinster will also have two teams, Connacht one while all three Munster teams that played on Saturday also qualified. The fourth Munster team Bandon had already conceded to Enniskillen.

Instonians, with a home draw, had the best Ulster opportunity to advance and they eliminated Gorey 22-16 while Ballyclare lost 24-13 at the holders Ashbourne and Portadown found the undefeated Ballina 35-12 too formidable in Mayo.

Instonians, despite having Roger Wilson and Matthew Keane yellow carded in the first half, opened up an 14-7 interval advantage over Gorey at Shaw's Bridge. Fraser Wright kicked three penalties and winger Michael Melville crossed for their try. Marty Swarts converted a Phil Horan try for the visitors.

Gorey had the very strong wind in their favour after the restart but only contributed two more Swarts' penalties and a David Shannon drop goal. Inst had a fourth Wright penalty and a Matt Kilpatrick try.

Instonians coach Wilbert Leacock said: "I was a bit uncertain going into the second half with 14 players, facing a strong wind with only seven points to play with. As it was, we were back to full complement soon after and probably played our best second half rugby of the season.

"Roger Wilson rallied the team and his individual performance had a large part to play in our victory. It was also encouraging to see Matthew Keane back at scrum-half."

Other results: Clonmel 25 Westport 21, DLS Palmerston 7 Connemara 5, Monivea 7 Kilfeacle & District 24, Newcastle West 30 Enniscorthy 25

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