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Ballyclare 1st XV were without a Kukri Qualifying Section 2 league game on Saturday but the overall positions in the table have not greatly changed. Omagh won at home and remain third a point behind Ballyclare while U.U.C. apparently were held to a draw and are still at the top just above the Clare with a game more played. Willie Logan`s side go to Larne on Saturday and a strong travelling support is requested for the trip to the Glynn. Last saturday the Cloughan grounds were again very wet so the Thirds game v Lisburn 3rds was postponed. The Second XV was not at full strength for their game away to Ballymoney Seconds and lost 11-6 in what was a close affair. In the first half they started well and went 3-0 ahead from a penalty by Andrew Alexander. The team went further up after Alexander slotted over his second penalty and was unlucky not to make the lead greater from another kick. However they lost flanker Nigel Moore who has been making a come back from injury and suffered a pulled muscle in the first half. Ballymoney managed a penalty close to the interval so it was 6-3 with all to play for in the second half.
The home side got in for an early try near the corner to put them 8-6 in front and then the Thirds lost another man when Gareth Boyd was sin binned.This meant that the team was under more pressure and they did well to get to the end with only a penalty against them to leave it at 11-6. There were strong performances up front by prop Davy Tweed and Michael Stevenson in the second row.In the backs Alexander and Adam Dyer both did well but really the loss of the players to injury and sin bin were the differences between winning and losing what was a closely contested game.

Saturday Fixtures–1st XV v Larne (away)-Supporters very welcome; 2nd Xv v Clogher Valley 2nds (home); 3rd XV v Limavady 2nds (home); 4th XV v Cookstown (home)- This is a quarter final of the McCambley Cup and will be one of the Fourths hardest tests after the great win over Ballymena 5ths in the previous round. Both the Fourths and Cookstown are unbeaten in league and cup games to date so something willhave to give. For those supporters unable to go to the Glynn they should give the Fab Fours as much touchline help as possible in this key clash.
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