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Undefeated pair braced for battle

Strabane II and Inishowen are both undefeated in Minor North so their meeting on Saturday will give an indication as to the outcome of the championship.

Last season, champions Strabane finished unbeaten, but their main rivals were second. At the weekend, Strabane had a 21-0 success against Finn Valley while the Donegal team achieved a three-try 25-5 win at Tir Chonaill.

The winning margin at Carrickfin was not a true reflection of the game as Tir Chonaill put up some resilient defence and came close to scoring on a number of occasions. In fact, they took the lead when they turned over the ball and kicked deep into their opponent's territory.

The ball bounced awkwardly and David Hindle jumped highest to gather on the line and score.

Mark McLaughlin narrowed the gap with a penalty before speedy left winger Jamie Lee Loftus sprinted in for McLaughlin to goal. The home team were unfortunate not to level, but the referee adjudged that the ball was not grounded behind the Inishowen line so the interval score remained at 10-5.

Early in the second period, Dalton picked up from the base of a ruck and crashed over. Inishowen then appeared to ease off and they kept the ball tight for a time, but eventually pressure led to a final try. Inishowen head the table with eight wins but have played a game more than Strabane.

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