Friday 23 June 2017

Play-off joy as trio of Ulster clubs secure promotion

Despite a late seven-pointer from Colin Ryan, it was not to be for Bohs.. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Despite a late seven-pointer from Colin Ryan, it was not to be for Bohs.. Photo: Getty Images/iStockphoto

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Ulster's domestic clubs had a red-letter day in the Ulster Bank League on Saturday as Armagh, Rainey Old Boys and Omagh all gained promotion.

Omagh Accies are back in the All-Ireland League after a gap of 20 years, Phil Marshall's side securing senior status with a 29-9 win against Boyne.

Omagh overturned a 9-7 half-time deficit at Shamrock Lodge, adding three closing tries to Neil Brown's first-half effort.

Garryowen maintained their presence in Division 1A with an 18-13 win over local rivals UL Bohemians at Dooradoyle.

Kickers Neil Cronin and Rick McKenna made it two penalties apiece early in the second half, but gallant Bohs fell 18-6 behind after out-half David Johnston touched down in the 55th minute.

Despite a late seven-pointer from Colin Ryan, it was not to be for Bohs.

Meanwhile, Dolphin's sixth victory in-a-row saw them end the season with their Division 1B status intact. Nenagh Ormond's promotion hopes were extinguished by a 13-6 defeat at Irish Independent Park.

It was a stunning escape from relegation for the Corkmen, who led 7-3 at the interval courtesy of a Daryl Foley try brilliantly converted by Barry Keeshan.

New Zealander Clayton Stewart split the posts twice to make it a one-point game, but Dolphin's prevailed thanks to two final penalties from Keeshan.

Elsewhere, Armagh will join champions Greystones in Division 2A after seeing off Old Crescent 21-10 at the Palace Grounds. Winger Andrew Willis scored tries in the 24th and 60th minutes as Crescent, who were Division 2C winners last year, lost to Alex McCloy's men for the third time this season.

Rainey Old Boys regained their Division 2B status thanks to a 35-23 play-off final triumph over Tullamore. Their sixth and final try at Hatrick Park settled this hugely entertaining contest.

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