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Thursday 17 April 2014

Rainey see off Youghal to lift Cup

RAINEY OLD BOYS were worthy winners of the inaugural AIB Junior Cup final at Lansdowne Road on Saturday. But the 27-5 final scoreline did little to to indicate Youghal's contribution to this enjoyable contest. Cheered on by a large band of supporters they could so easily have managed a few more scores in the second half.

Kieran Rooney

AIB Junior Cup

RAINEY OLD BOYS were worthy winners of the inaugural AIB Junior Cup final at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

But the 27-5 final scoreline did little to to indicate Youghal's contribution to this enjoyable contest. Cheered on by a large band of supporters they could so easily have managed a few more scores in the second half.

Unfortunately though, the match was well and truly lost when they were playing into the elements in the opening period. By then, their Ulster opponents had moved 22-0 clear.

Not only did Rainey hold the upper hand up front, but they were more inventive behind the scrum. And, in No 8 John Andrews, they possessed a hugely influential figure. Andrews, named man of the match, crashed over for his side's fourth try to make it 27-0 early in the second half. Israeli international prop, Nathan Amos contributed two tries, with the other one coming from right-wing Neil Saffin.

Youghal weren't helped by a particularly busy programme recently which seemed to leave them drained. But they did hit back with a well taken try by substitute hooker Brendan Murray, and with better luck, could have secured at least one more.

RAINEY OLD BOYS - Rodney Paul; N Seffin, S Derby (P Suiter 60), D Porter, G Hogg (J McBride 79); J McMurray, Richard Paul; N Amos (P McGuckin 74), G Coleman (D Campbell 60), N O'Kane, P Boyle (Capt), C Diamond (G Douglas 74), S McKinstry (D Dawson 79), S McGinnis, J Andrews (E Stewart 68).

YOUGHAL - S Barry; B Mackey, T Curran, E Buckley, S Barron (M Walsh h-t); R Doyle (G McArdle 54), J Lawlor; J Colins (B Kavanagh 63), S Brosnan (B Murray 54), R McArdle (Capt), E Power (I Broderick 41), C Mulcahy, C Coleman, A Browne, S McCreedy.

REF - J CARVILL (IRFU)

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