Domestic Rugby Preview Sat 13th Oct 2018 by George Millar

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I have to apologise this week I have not been in contact with a number of Clubs. Due to a family bereavement I have not been able to provide a detailed Domestic Club Rugby preview. Hopefully I can catch up with you all next week. Once again thank you all for your support.


It was not a good weekend for the Ulster teams in the AIL with only four teams winning from twelve. Once again the Leinster teams demonstrated their strength winning four from five games with Ulster teams. City of Armagh, Banbridge and Ballynahinch all lost to Leinster sides in Div 1B with Malone the only Ulster winners in this league winning the Ulster derby at Eaton Park 27 – 0 against Ballymena. Queens University Ulster’s sole representatives in Div 2A made the journey to Cork and came away with an impressive 43 – 41 win outscoring their opponents by 7 tries to 6. In Div 2B Rainey OB, Dungannon and Belfast Harlequins all lost. Quins were unlucky after leading Sunday’s Well 12 – 8 at Deramore Park to lose out to a penalty try. Dungannon were leading at Sligo only for their fragile defence leaking tries to lose 33 – 25. Rainey OB lost again at home to Wanderers to sit in 10th place in the Division. Their task gets no easier when they travel to Greystone this week. In Div 2C Bangor made it two from two as they impressed in their 39 – 10 win over Thomond at Uprtichard Park. Bangor make the long journey to Cork this week to play a Midleton team who have won their opening two league games. Omagh came back from an early deficit to win 32 – 17 against Malahide at the Thomas Mellon Playing Fields. City of Derry made the long journey to Limerick losing 45 – 15 against Bruff.


In the Kukri Ulster Rugby Championship Ballyclare lead Div 1 with a maximum 20 points from their opening four games. They are pursued by Dromore, Grosvenor and Instonians on 10 points who have played one game less. Both CIYMS and Portadown occupy 9th and 10th place as they seek out their first league wins at Dromore and Instonians this week.

Limavady lead Div 2 with 15 points from their opening three league games after defeating previous league leaders Randalstown 48 – 8 at the John Hunter Playing Fields last weekend. Clogher Valley are in second place one point behind with Randalstown, Ballymoney and Academy all in contention. Three teams remain in the bottom three without a league win. They include Ards, Lisburn and UUC.

Donaghadee have made an impressive start to Div 3 to lead on 25 points from their opening five league games. Their nearest challengers are Monaghan on 21 points.





Clontarf 16 Lansdowne 3

Cork Constitution 27 Shannon 7

Garryowen 27 Dublin Univ 25

UCD 39 UCC 28

Young Munster 22 Terenure College 5


Buccaneers 13 Naas 16

Ballymena 0 Malone 27

Ballymena team:1. Nacho Clandero Crespo, 2. Jonny Spence, 3. Chris Cundell, 4. David Whann, 5. JJ McKee, 6. Connor Smyth, 7. Willy McKay, 8. Stephen Mulholland, 9. Micharl Stronge, 10. Timothy Small, 11. Jonny McMullan, 12. Glenn Baillie, 13. Darrell Montgomery, 14. Mark Thompson, 15. Scott Willoughby, 16. James Taggart, 17. Josh Bill, 18. Matthew Dick, 19. Matthew Norris, 20. James Wheeler.

Malone team: 1. Ben Halliday, 2. Dan Kerr, 3. Ricky Greenwood, 4. Jonathan Davis, 5.James McAllister, 6. Michael Shiels, 7. Ross Todd (Capt), 8. Ryan Clarke, 9. Connor Spence, 10. Callum Smyth, 11. David McMaster, 12. Nathan Brown, 13. Josh Pentland, 14. David Irvine, 15. Jack Milligan, 16. Scott Finlay, 17. Lee Barlow, 18. Matthew Hadden, 19. Jack McMurtry, 20. Gareth Millar.

Points scorers: Josh Pentland 2 x tries, Matthew Hadden 1 x try, Jack Milligan 3 x cons and 1 x pen, Callum Smith 1 x pen

City of Armagh 17 Old Wesley 22

City of Armagh team: 1. Daryl Morton, 2. Andrew Smyth, 3. Paul Mullan, 4. Josh McKinley, 5. Peter Starrett, 6. Robert Whitten, 7. Nigel Simpson, 8. Neil Faloon, 9. Gerard Treanor, 10. Cormac Fox, 11. Ryan Purvis, 12. Evin Crummie, 13. Chris Colvin, 14. Andrew Phillips, 15. Chris Cousens, 16. Jonathan Morton, 17. Philip Fletcher, 18. James Hanna, 19. Stuart Lester, 20. Tim McNeice.

Points scorers: Andrew Smyth, Gerard Treanor and Tim McNeice 1 x try each, Cormac Fox 1 x con.

Old Belvedere 42 Banbridge 28

Banbridge team: 1. Jonathan Weir, 2. Peter Cromie, 3. Ross Haughey, 4. Chris Allen, 5.Michael Bentley, 6. David McCann, 7. Ethan Harbinson, 8. Stephen Irvine, 9. Niall Armstrong. 10. Josh Cromie, 11. Adam Ervine (capt), 12. Jonny Little, 13. Andrew Morrison, 14. Conor Field, 15. Adam Doherty, 16. Paul Ross, 17. Andrew Jackson, 18. Matthew Laird, 19. Aaron Kennedy, 20. Benjamin Carson.

Points scorers: Peter Cromie and Adam Ervine 2 x tries each, Adam Doherty 4 x cons.

St Mary’s College 37 Ballynahinch 27

Ballynahinch team: 1. Campbell Classon, 2. Zac McCall, 3. Kelvin Hamilton, 4. James Simpson, 5. Tom Martin, 6.Keith Dickson, 7. Ollie Loughhead, 8. Conall Boomer, 9. Rhys O’Donnell, 10. Hilton Gibbons, 11. Aaron cairns (Capt), 12. Ryan Wilson, 13. Callum McLaughlin, 14. Connor Phillips, 15. Patrick Wright, 16. Conor Piper, 17. Ben Cullen, 18. Gareth Gill, 19. Richard Reaney, 20. Lewis Finlay.

Points scorers: Zac McCall, Rhys O’Donnell and Conor Piper 1 x try each, Hilton Gibbons 3 x cons and 2 x pen.



Old Crescent 20 Cashel RFC 34

Dolphin 3 Navan RFC 23

Galwegians 15 UL Bohemians 27

Nenagh Ormond 23 Blackrock College 31

Highfield 41 Queens University 43

Queens University team: 1. Brian Cunningham, 2. Sam Cardosi, 3. Andrew Clingan, 4. Ali Burke, 5. Stuart Evans, 6.Curtis pollock, 7. David Whitten (Capt), 8. James Catterson, 9. Conor McAuley, 10. Michael Orr, 11.Jonny Hunter, 12. Conor McKee, 13. Mark Keane, 14. Fal El Valve, 15. Johnny Milliken, 16. Andrew McGrath, 17. Jonny Black, 18. Tyler Arnold, 19. Gary Dillon, 20. Robbie Johnston.

Queens scorers: David Whitten 2 x tries, 1 x Penalty try, Ali Burke, Fal EI Valve, Conor McAuley and Andrew McGrath 1 x try each, Johnny Milliken 4 x cons.


Skerries 44 MU Barnhall 49

Greystones 33 Galway Corinthians 7

Belfast Harlequins 12 Sunday’s Well 15

Belfast Harlequins team: 1. Charlie Sargaison, 2.Saul Herdman, 3. James Harrison, 4. Callum Leckey, 5. Troy Webber, 6. Danny Annett (capt), 7. Matthew Borne, 8. Ben Alexander, 9. Connor Young, 10. Timmy Emerson, 11. James McConnell, 12. Kyle Adams, 13.Christian Bennison, 14. Richie McKee, 15. Mark Glover, 16. Paul Jackson, 17. Toby Mannus, 18. Daryl Marshall, 19. David Devine, 20. Peter Dunlop.

Points scorers: Saul Herdman and Mark Glover 1 x try each, Timmy Emerson 1 x con.

Rainey OB 12 Wanderers 26

Rainey OB team: 1. Fintan Quinn, 2. George Fritz, 3. Jack McIntosh, 4. John McCusker, 5. Timmy Barker, 6. Paul Pritchard (Capt), 7. Charlie Clarke, 8. Michael McCusker, 9. Jason Bloomfield, 10. Andrew Magrath, 11. Damien McMurray, 12. Oisin Quinn, 13. Conor Fitzsimmons, 14. Scott McLean. 15. Michael O’Neill, 16. Daniel O’Neill, 17. Callum Smyth, 18. Andrew Harbinson, 19. Mattie Millar, 20. Andrew Donaghy.

Rainey points scorers: Michael O’Neill and Michael McCusker 1 x try each, Scott McLean 1 x con.

Sliog 33 Dungannon 25

Dungannon team: 1. Glenn Sinnamon, 2. Daniel Maxwell, 3. Sean O’Hagan, 4. Peter Doran, 5. Guilhem Lopez, 6. Mark Riddell, 7. David Leyburn, 8. Jonah Mau’u, 9. Jack Ravey, 10. John Buckley, 11. Jonny Toal, 12. Lucca Avelli, 13. Mervyn Brown, 14. Matthew Montgomery, 15. Andrew McGregor, 16. Jamie McNeill, 17. Ross Stewart, 18. Stepehen Todd, 19. Alex Gormley, 20. Conor Milnes.

Dungannon points scorers :Matthew Montgomery, Daniel Maxwell, Guilhem Lopez and Sean O’Hagan 1 x try each, Lucca Avelli 1 x con and 1 x pen.


Seapoint 10 Midleton 28

Tullamore 17 Ballina 36

Bangor 39 Thomond 10

Bangor team: 1. Evan Wellard – McMillan, 2. Andrew Shaw, 3. James Leary, 4. Lewis Stevenson, 5. Michael Ferguson, 6. Stephen Moore, 7. James Henley, 8. Mikey Weir, 9. Liam Preston, 10. Declan Maguire, 11. Desi Fusco, 12. Adam Alexander, 13. Mark Widdowson, 14. Nathan Graham, 15. Phil Broderick, 16. Andrew Jackson, 17. Conor McIImurray, 18. Jamie Clegg, 19. David Charles, 20. James Stewart.

Bangor points scorers: Mark Widdowson 2 x tries, Liam Preston, Adam Alexander, James Leary and Mikey Weir 1 x try each. Declan Maguire 3 x cons and 1 x pen.

Bruff 45 City of Derry 15

City of Derry team: 1. James Hamilton, 2. David Ferguson, 3. Sam Duffy, 4. Adam Bratton, 5. Gerard Doherty, 6. Tiarnan Thorton, 7. Craig Huey, 8. Stephen Corr (Capt), 9. Simon Logue, 10. Conall Gill, 11. Colin Campbell, 12. Denis Posterik, 13. David Graham, 14. Paddy Blennerhassett, 15. Thomas Cole, 16. Cathal Cregan, 17. Steven Duffy, 18. Ross Harkin, 19. Callum O’Hagan, 20. Phil Duffy.

City of Derry points scorers: David Graham and Stephen Corr 1 x try each, Conall Gill 1 x con and 1 x pen.

Omagh 32 Malahide 17

Omagh team: 1. Kyle Alexander, 2. Richard Hemphill, 3. Peter Todd, 4. Jonny Sproule, 5. James Sproule, 6. Stuart Allen, 7. Adam Longwell, 8. Martin Clyde, 9. Adam Beattie, 10. Stuart Ballantine, 11. Ryan Mitchell, 12. Stewart McCain (Capt), 13. Scott Barr, 14. Neil Brown, 15. Scott Elliott, 16. Phil ewing, 17. Richard Smyth, 18. Mervyn Edgar, 19. Michael Gibson, 20. Dean Kane.

Omagh points scorers: Richard Hemphill, Stuart Allen, Ryan Mitchell and Mervyn Edgar 1 x try each, Stuart Ballantine 3 x cons and 2 x pens.


CIYMS 29 Coleraine 36

CIYMS team: 1. John Kavanagh, 2. Scott McNarry, 3.Timothy Acheson, 4. Cory Tipping, 5. Paddy Aiken, 6. Scott Dowle, 7. Connor Smith, 8. Shane Moffett, 9. Cameron Stewart, 10. Paddy Beverland, 11. Jason Harvey, 12. Matthew Kilgore, 13. Matty Butler, 14. Rob Haldane, 15. Peter Raine, 16. Stuart Ferguson, 17. A Freeburn.

CIYMS points scorers: Jason Harvey 2 x tries, 1 x penalty try, Scott McNarry 1 x try, Matthew Kilgore 3 x cons and 1 x pen.

Coleraine team: 1. Cillian Butler, 2. Andy McKee, 3. Chris Breadon, 4. Josh Christie, 5. Keith McKnight, 6. Bernard Mullan (Capt), 7.Brandon Baillie, 8. Steven Dickey, 9. Matthew Leighton, 10. Jonny Crowe, 11. Brian Cochrane, 12. Martin Senk, 13. Bradley Dempster, 15. Gavin Piennar, 16. Marek Juzl, 17. Fergal Wiseman.

Coleraine points scorers: Josh Christie, Keith McKnight, Brian Cochrane, Bradley Dempster and Martin Senk 1 x try each, Gavin Piennar 1 x try and 3 x cons.

Enniskillen 19 Dromore 35

Enniskillen team: 1. Gavin Warrington, 2. Ryan Cathcart (Capt), 3. Gareth Beatty, 4. David Buchanan, 5. Gary Thorton, 6. Jamie Kelly, 7. James Carleton, 8. Jack Rutledge, 9. Matthew Dane, 10. Nick Finlay, 11. Conor Hoy, 12. Mark O’Shea, 13. James Ferguson, 14. Jarlath Maguire, 15. Adam Lendrum, 16. Alan Ferguson, 17. David Taylor.

Enniskillen points scorers: Matthew Dane and Gavin Warrington 1 x try each, 1 x penalty try, Nick Finlay 1 x con.

Dromore team: 1. Mark Hylands, 2. Stuart Sloan, 3. Jonny Simpson, 4. Ross Bingham, 5. Jonny Maguire, 6. Adam McGregor, 7. Peter Elliott, 8. Ben Heath, 9. Lee Steenson, 10. David Lyttle, 11. Andrew Gilmore, 12. Aaron Stewart, 13. Andrew Rutledge, 14. Brian McClearn, 15. Adam McDonald, 16. Tom Lyttle, 17. Matthew McMaster.

Dromore points scorers: Jonny Simpson, Adam Mcdonald, Brian McClearn, Adam McGregor and Aaron Stewart 1 x try each, Lee Steenson 2 x cons and 2 x pen.

Grosvenor 22 Ballyclare 34

Grosvenor team: 1. Mark Rainey, 2. Stuart Smyth, 3. Willy Rea, 4. Mark Cartmill, 5. Daniel Bowden, 6. Ben Davies, 7. Jeff Mealiff (Capt), 8. Connor McKee, 9. Neil Adams, 10. Adam Skelton, 11. Ben Coard, 12. Jos McConkey, 13. Peter Davison, 14. Jamie McMullan, 15. Matthew Fitzsimmons, 16. Matthew Allen, 17. Luke Steele.

Grosvenor points scorers: Jamie McMullan, Stuart Smyth, 3. Neil Adams 1 x try each, Adam Skelton 2 x cons and 1 x pen.

Ballyclare team: 1. Dean Jones, 2. Matthew Coulter, 3. Rory Henderson, 4. Robert Boyd, 5. Grant Bartley, 6. Aaron Playfair, 8. Ryan Tweed, 9. Andy Eastop, 10. Robbie Reid, 11. Michael Kirk, 12. Joel McBride, 13. Will Stewart, 14. Stuart Cusick, 15. Gary Clotworthy, 16. Jonny Black, 17. Matthew Johnston.

Ballyclare points scorers: Joel McBride 2 x tries, Gary Clotworthy, Michael Kirk and Matthew Johnston 1 x try each, Robbie Reid 4 x cons and 1 x pen.

Portadown 15 Carrickfergus 22

Portadown team: 1. Mark Henderson, 2. Robbie Reid, 3. Jonathan Reid, 4. Willy Graham, 5. James Wright, 6. Lloyd Gravatt, 7. Jordan Taylor, 8. Gary Hall (Capt), 9. Brian Forrestal, 10. Brett Fleck, 11. Nick Holt, 12. Jonny Holden, 13. Nathan Montgomery, 14. Josh Matchett, 15. Luke Ashton, 16. Matthew Wilson, 17. Karim Ahizoun.

Portadown points scorers: Robbie Reid, Nick Holt and Brett Fleck 1 x try each.

Carrickfergus team: 1. Stuart Cheshire, 2. Alan Whitley, 3. James Graham, 4. Stuart Currie, 5. Chris Rodgers, 6. Ryan Gibson, 7. Ross Crymble, 8. Ryan McGonigle (Capt), 9. Conor McCambridge, 10. David Carse, 11. Kyle Jordan, 12. Jack Burton, 13. Jonny Sheriff, 14. Fionn McCormick, 15. Michael Black, 16. Conor Dodds, 17. Nathan Greenwood.

Carrickfergus points scorers: Ryan Gibson, Michael black, Fionn McCormick and Ryan McGonigle 1 x try each, Fionn McCormick 1 x con.


Ballynahinch seconds 31 Instonians 8

Ballynahinch team: 1. Scott Connolly, 2. Clayton Milligan, 3. Harry McCormick, 4. Brian Howard, 5. Tommy McConnell, 6. Kieran McAuley, 7.Stuart Elwood, 8. Graeme McKitterick, 9. Chris Gibson, 10. Matthew Nelson (capt), 11. Ronan Patterson, 12. Eamon McAnulty, 13. David Harris, 14. Jonny McCoubrey, 15. James McBriar, 16. Rob Gilmore, 17. Jason Barr.

Ballynahinch points scorers: Ronan Patterson 2 x tries, James McBriar, Jonny McCoubrey, Stuart Elwood 1 x try each, Matthew Norton 3 x cons.

Instonians team: Not available.

Points scorers: Ross O’Donnell 1 x try, Colm Cregan 1 x pen.

Cooke 26 City of Armagh seconds 42

Cooke team: 1. James Milligan, 2. Curtis Montgomery, 3. Aaron Hunter, 4. Josh Harper, 5.Matthew Crothers, 6. Matthew Elliott, 7. Callum Robinson, 8. Jason Lyons, 9. Ryan Flavelle, 10. Andy Hanna, 11. Jonny Kingham, 12. Kyle Mitchell (Capt), 13. Jonathan Backus, 14. Andy Nelson, 15. Andy Pollock, 16. Robert Collins, 17. Rob Mitchell.

Cooke points scorers: Matthews Crothers 2 x tries, Jonny Backus and Kyle Mitchell 1 x try each. Andrew Hanna 2 x cons, Rob Mitchell 1 x con.

City of Armagh seconds team; 1.Neil Lutton, 2. Michael Hoey, 3. Jonny Clarke, 4. Stepehen Morton (Capt), 5. Willy Martin, 6. Josh Kennedy, 7. Ryan O’Neill, 8. Ollie Millar, 9. Girvan, 10. Kyle Faloon, 11.Michael Ross, 12. John Faloon, 13. Luke Crozier, 14. Shane McKeever, 15. Shea O’Brien, 16. Jack Treanor, 17. Ryan Morton.

City of Armagh points scorers: Ryan O’Neill 2 x tries, Johnny Clarke, John faloon and Luke Crozier 1 x try each, Kyle Faloon 1 x try and 6 x cons.


Ards 19 Clogher Valley 22

Ards team: 1. Andrew Foster, 2. Tom Arthur Donnan, 3. Matty Kane, 4. Danny Patton, 5. Ross Torney, 6. Paddy Bond, 7. Onisi Burekama, 8. Graeme taylor, 9. Alex Hendrickse, 10. Mark Banford, 11. Adam Faloon, 12. Trevor Devlin, 13. David Armstrong, 14. Adam Coulter, 15. Paul Cox, 16. David Calvert, 17. Ryan Thompson.

Ards points scorers: Paddy Bond, Alex Hendrickse and Trevor Devlin 1 x try each, Paul Cox 2 x cons.

Clogher Valley team: 1. Neil Henderson, 2. Timmy Smyton, 3. Rodney Bennett, 4. Mark McKenna, 5. Michael Treanor (Capt), 6. Eugene McKenna, 7. David Sharkey, 8. Ryan Wilson, 9. Neil Trotter, 10. Dylan Eakin, 11.Joshua Coulter, 12. Reece Smyton, 13. Paul Armstrong, 14. Fleming Agnew, 15. Ewan Haire, 16. Kyle Cobane, 17. George Koszylowski.

CV points scorers: Paul Armstrong, Neil Henderson, Ryan Wilson and Joshua Coulter 1 x try each, Reece Smyton 1 x con.

Ballymoney 50 Lisburn 5

Ballymoney team: 1. Adam Smith, 2. Kenny McAneaney, 3. Matthew Blair, 4. Russell Blair, 5. Danny Platt, 6. Garvin Bellingham, 7. David McKeeman (Capt), 8. Daniel Ramage, 9. Matthew Steele, 10. John Hyndman, 11. Michael Armstrong, 12. Martin Irwin, 13. Chris Watson, 14. Matthew Bell, 15. Thomas Hunter, 16. Joel Heggarty, 17. Michael Allen.

Ballymoney points scorers: Martin Irwin, Daniel Ramage, Garvin Bellingham, Thomas Hunter, Matthew Blair, Matthew Steele and Michael Allen 1 x try each, John Hyndman 1x try and 5 cons.

Lisburn team: 1. Jamie Dickson (Capt), 2. Matthew Nelson, 3. Phil Jefferson, 4. James Welling, 5.David Curry, 6. Andy Barron, 7. Adam Jameson, 8. Noel Hooke, 9. Andy Neely, 10. Peter Dillon, 11. Conor Gascoigne, 12. Dylan Postlethwaite, 13. Craig Walsh, 14. Chris Nimmons, 15. Richard McGregor, 16. Uate Caqueta, 17. Wili Lil Tee.

Limavady 48 Randalstown 8

Limavady team: 1. Clive Scott, 2. Adam Miller, 3. John McCollum, 4.John Purcell, 5. Perry Semple, 6. Ben Riley, 7. Jonny Lees, 8. Daniel Irvine, 9. Peter Wilson, 10. Luke Faulkner, 11. Stuart Roddy, 12. Jody McMurray, 13. Robert Lamberton, 14. Mark Woods, 15. Matthew Haslett, 16. Stuart Simpson, 17. Michael Rice.

Limavady points scorers: Robert Lamberton 3 x tries, Daniel Irvine 2 x tries, Mark Woods, Matthew Haslett and Adam Miller 1 x try each, Luke Faulkner 4 x cons.

Randalstown team: 1. Matty McBrien, 2. Scott Stevenson, 3. Simon Adams, 4. Dean McCroary, 5. Scott McClenaghan, 6. Tony O’Hagan, 7. Peter Knowles, 8. David Smith (Capt), 9. Tommy Holland, 10. Martin Connolly, 11. Coby Mason, 12. Ryan O’Dea, 13. Matty McWhinney, 14. Conor Murray, 15. Dan mcGlade, 16. Marty O’Neill, 17. Michael Smith.

Randalstown points scorers: Scott McClenaghan 1 x try, Marti Connolly 1 x pen.


Academy 40 Banbridge seconds 12

Academy team: 1. Chris Nash, 2. Lee Moody, 3. Peter Jackson, 4. Brian Cahill, 5. Kyle Dobbin, 6. Stewart Martin, 7. Taylor Gillespie, 8. Richard Henderson (Capt), 9. David Kenny, 10. Simon Beattie, 11. Jamie Wilson, 12. Callum Lyle, 13. Chris Cooper, 14. Conor O’Neill, 15. Stephen Fawcett, 16. Troy Wilson, 17. Mark Wylie.

Academy points scorers: Chris Nash and Stewart Martin 2 x tries each, Taylor Gillespie and Troy Wilson 1 x try each. Chris Cooper 5 x cons.

Banbridge seconds team: 1. Scott Cromie, 2. John Wilson, 3. Robbie Mathers, 4. Robin Hewitt, 5. Keith Adams, 6. Scott Magowan, 7. Martin Vorster, 8. Alex Megaw, 9. Chris Patterson, 10. Jason Gribben, 11. Kerr Patterson, 12. Ross Cartmill, 13. Hugo Harbinson, 14. Kyle McConnell, 15. Jordan Mckibben, 16. Christian Trimble, 17. Troy Pinion.

Banbridge points scorers: Robbie Mathers and Martin Vorster 1 x try each, Jason Gribben 1 x con

Ballymena seconds 29 UUC 12

Ballymena seconds team: 1. Ashton Logan, 2. Andrew Ferguson, 3. Houston Bonnar, 4. Connor White, 5. Donovan Woulahan, 6. Ryan Mattison, 7. Phil Small, 8. Mark Foster, 9. Chris Smyth, 10. Steven Shaw, 11. Jack Lewis, 12. Sam Millar, 13. Dean Reynolds, 14. Conor Gallagher, 15. Jordan Foster, 16. David Forsythe, 17. Connor Cosgrove.

Ballymena points scorers: Chris Smyth, Ryan Mattison, David Forsythe and Conor Cosgrove 1 x try each, Sam Millar 3 x cons and 1 x pen.

UUC team: 1. Callum Boardman, 2. Michael Smyth, 3. Gary Burke, 4. Daniel Morgan, 5. Jake Stevenson, 6. Sam McComb, 7. Ben Davison, 8. Ollie Doherty, 9. John Allen, 10. Adam Johnston, 11. Andrew Rourke, 12. David Gilkinson, 13. Tom Kavanagh, 14. Chris Allen, 15. Hayden Maxwell.

UUC points scorers: Michael Smyth and Tom Kavanagh 1 x try each, Adam Johnston 1 x con.

Larne 27 Omagh seconds 17

Larne team: 1. Andrew Hyndman, 2. Robbie Simpson, 3. Craig Gibson, 4. Lee McKee, 5. Marc Gilbert, 6. Jonny Cole (Capt), 7. Gareth Jamison, 8. Stuart Johnston, 9. Ryan Garrett, 10. Barry J McFaul, 11. Ricky McIlheron, 12. Matthew Agnew, 13. Jordan Burns, 14. Jacob Swann, 15. Philip Andrews, 16. Conor Smyth, 17. Matt Crampsey.

Larne points scorers: Jonny Cole, Ricky McIlheron and Jordan Burns 1 x try each, Philip Andrews 3 x cons and 2 x pens.

Omagh seconds team: 1. Matthew Sproule, 2. Jordan Brolly, 3. Ethan McKeown, 4. Glen McKinley, 5. Stephen Moffett, 6. Freddie McDowell, 7. Richard Harpur, 8. Kaine Holden, 9. Ricky Elkin, 10. Kyle Beattie, 11. Ben Scott, 12. Taine Lagan, 13. Eoin Murnaghan, 14. Scott Ballantine, 15. David Ward, 16. Gary Smith, 17. Stephen MacLaine.

Omagh points scorers: Eoin Murnaghan 2 x tries, Taine Lagan 1 x try, Kyle Beattie 1 x con.

Malone seconds 21 Lurgan 19

Malone seconds team: 1. Charlie Shannon, 2. Austin Blackburn, 3. Self El Deen, 4. Aaron McKecknie, 5. Josh Davidson, 6. Tom Dullage, 7. Gary Crawford, 8. Max Porter, 9. Jack Knox, 10. Bruce Duff, 11. Chris Tait, 12. Ricky McCullagh, 13. Stuart Doddington, 14. Liam Cosgrove, 15. Andy McConnell, 16. Ali Barnes, 17. John Sinclair.

Malone points scorers: Stuart Doddington 2 x tries, Tom Dullage 1 x try, Bruce Duff 3 x cons.

Lurgan team: 1. Graham Currie, 2. Marty Follis, 3. Ryan Emerson, 4. Matthew McConaghie, 5. Richard Shilliday, 6. Lee Allen, 7. Ryan Osbourne, 8. Dean Wilson (Capt), 9. Chris Jenks, 10. Dylan Gill, 11. Ryan Mooney, 12. Chris Wamsley, 13. Richard Hull, 14. Jack Wilson, 15. Stephen Nolan. 16. Darren Campbell, 17. Te Rangihau Te Whetu.

Lurgan points scorers: Richard Hull, Dean Wilson 1 x try each, Stephen Nolan 1 x try and 2 x cons.



Shannon (10) v Young Munster (3)

UCC (7) v Cork Constitution (1)

Dublin University (6) v UCD (2)

Garryowen (5) v Lansdowne (8)

Terenure College (9) v Clontarf (4)


Ballynahinch (8) v City of Armagh (6)

Banbridge (7) v Buccaneers (9)

Malone (4) v St Mary’s College (3)

Naas (1) v Ballymena (10)

Old Wesley (5) v Old Belvedere (2)

Ballymena v Naas

Head coach Andy Graham was disappointed with the performance of his team in their 27 – 0 loss at home to Malone last Saturday. The team lacked energy and just didn’t turn up. There was no excuse . The team should have been up for their first AIL game. The opening 10/15 minutes were quite encouraging with Ballymena unlucky not to have scored two tries through Stephen Mulholland and Johnny McMullan to possibly give them a 14 – 0 lead. Once Malone made the break through the momentum swung to the visitors. His Ballymena team never got going again apart from a brief spell in the second half. This week the focus will be on rectifying the areas that let the team down. The team have to be more clinical with ball in hand. Where Malone dominated was the number of turnovers they secured at the breakdown. Another area that concerned the coach was the number of penalties the team conceded in comparison to their opponents. That maybe have been down to the pressure being applied by Malone.

Late changes were made to the team last Saturday. Scrum half Michael Stronge was the 24th man for Ulster against Connacht. His availability meant Glenn Baillie moving to 12 and Darrell Montgomery moving to 13 with James Wheeler dropping down to the bench and Jordan Foster being released to play for the seconds.

Rodger McBurney remains on the injured list with James Beattie ruled out for the season. Jonny Rossborough continues to suffer from headaches he picked up in an AIL match last season and remains unavailable for selection. Both Jacque Bolger and Jack Fleming were unavailable last week due to work commitments.

Second row David Whann remains a major doubt for this week with a knee injury. Darrel Montgomery, Jordan Foster and Matthew Dick are unavailable. James Wheeler remains a doubt having taken a knock and will be subjected to a fitness test on Thursday night. Second row Mark Foster is another injury concern having picked up a hamstring injury playing for the seconds on Sat. Connor White who has played for the 1st xv this season in the second row is another player unavailable this week.

The Ballymena team and replacements will be from the following: 1. Nacho Clandero Crespo, 2. Jonny Spence, 3. Chris Cundell, 4. JJ McKee, 5. Conor Smyth, 6. Jacque Bolger, 7. Willy McKay, 8. Stephen Mulholland, 9. Glenn Baillie, 10. Timothy Small, 11 and 14 from Dean Reynolds, Mark Thompson and Johnny McMullan, 12. Sam Millar, 13. James Wheeler, 15. Matthew Norris, 16. James Taggart, 17. Josh Bill, 18 from Mark Foster and James Gallagher, 19. Scott Willoughby and 20 from Ryan Mattison, Dean Reynolds, Mark Thompson or Johnny McMullan.

Former Cambridge House centre Sam Millar will be making his AIL debut this week for Ballymena. He was unlucky to miss out against Malone last week. The coach: He fully deserves the opportunity and trains well every week.

Andy Graham: Naas are a quality team with Ballymena having performed well against them in recent seasons. The team need to come away with something to build on the progress they have been making this season. With former provincial players Fionn Carr and Johnny Murphy in their backline the Naas back line represent a real threat. He feels a trip on the road this week end will focus the minds and help his players. Naas have big forwards and a physical pack. It is all about Ballymena building tempo and imposing themselves on Naas as they look to build momentum in the game.

Last week the club fielded four adults teams with five teams representing the club this week end.

Ballynahinch v City of Armagh

City of Armagh assistant coach Chris Parker felt his players learnt a lot from their opening AIL game against Old Wesley. Was it he occasion got to the players. Armagh started strongly but could not breach the well organised Old Wesley defence. It was the Dubliners who made the breakthrough before half time to score two tries to lead 12- 0. The team talk helped to focus minds with the players realising they are good enough to compete at this level. Three tries from Armagh were not enough to prevent Old Wesley winning 22 – 17. The team had opportunities to win the match but showed real character to pick up a losing bonus point. Chris Parker believes the players will learn from their first league outing in Section 1 and will be much better this week at Ballynahinch. The coaches and players can take a lot of positives from last Saturday. They know they can be competitive in this league. In 2010 City of Armagh were competing in the AIL Junior Cup Final against City of Derry. In 2018 they are competing in the second tier of the AIL. Winger Andrew Willis is one of the current 1st xv players to have come through the Junior ranks with the team into the AIL.

Again the coaches will have several difficult selection decisions to make this week. Both Jonny Pollock and Harry Doyle have returned from injury to make themselves available for inclusion. Both Harry Boyd and Stuart Lester are unavailable this week. Number 8 Neil Faloon is an injury doubt with a shoulder injury. Ulster under 19 back row forward Ryan O’Neill scored two tries for the second xv last Sat at Cooke and will come into consideration. Seconds prop Jonny Clarke picked up a knee injury that will rule him out this week. Full back Timmy McNeice made a try scoring return from the bench on the wing against Old Wesley. In his absence Chris Cousens has performed very well at full back. Scrum half Gerard Treanor is another player who has performed well in the absence of Harry Doyle.

This is the first of three Ulster derbies coming up for City of Armagh at Ballynahinch in the opening block of five AIL games.


UL Bohemians (6) v Nenagh Ormond (9)

Cashel RFC (1) v Highfield (4)

Dolphin (10) v Old Crescent (7)

Navan RFC (20 v Blackrock College (3)

Queens University (50 v Galwegians (8)


Galway Corinthians (9) v Sundays Well (3)

Dungannon (7) v Belfast Harlequins (6)

Greystones (2) v Rainey OB (10)

MU Barnhall (1) v Sligo (5)

Wanderers (4) v Skerries (8)

Dungannon v Belfast Harlequins

Head coach Andy Hughes was disappointed his side did not collect all five points at Sligo last Saturday. His team led 20 – 19 only to concede two late converted tries to lose 33 – 25 despite Dungannon picking up a late try to secure a losing bonus point for scoring four tries. Like the opening match against Skerries the team are giving up too many soft tries. Sligo scored five tries from going through three phases. He felt his team could have scored eight tries with their attack impressing. It is fixing up the defence to avoid conceding tries.

Late changes were required to the team with winger Jordan McIIwaine injuring his AC joint during training last Thursday night competing for a high ball. He is expected to be unavailable for 2/3 weeks. His place was taken by the returning Jonny Toal. Number 8 Jonah Mau’u picked up a head injury after colliding with fellow islanders from Sligo during the game. He will follow return to play protocols. Second row Peter Doran picked up a hamstring injury that will rule him out this week. Back row Mark Riddell is unavailable.

The coach welcomes back Richard McGregor, Andrews McPhillips and Conor McGeough this week. Former Friends School back row Adam Milligan returns from injury to make himself available. Alex Gormley impressed off the bench when he replaced Jonah Mau’u . He is expected to join David Leyburn in the back row with Guilhem Lopez replacing Jonah Mau’u at number 8. Both Ross McCaughey and Lewis McCrabbe will come into contention to start in the second row.

The coach is not underestimating the Belfast Harlequins team at home this week. It is all about making home advantage count and winning these games. He feels there is not a lot to choose between the teams in this league.


Ballina (3) v Malahide (10)

City of Derry (6) v Seapoint (8)

Midleton (2) v Bangor (1)

Thomond (7) v Omagh (4)

Tullamore (9) v Bruff (5)


Ballyclare (1) v Cooke (5)

Carrickfergus (6) v Grosvenor (3)

Dromore (2) v CIYMS (9)

Instonians (4) v Portadown (10)


City of Armagh seconds (3) v Enniskillen (9)

Coleraine (10) v Ballynahinch seconds (5)


Clogher Valley (2) v Larne (7)

Limavady (1) v Academy (5)

Lurgan (6) v Ards (10)

UUC (8) v Randalstown (3)

Clogher Valley v Larne

Clogher Valley team: 1. Neil Henderson, 2. Kyle Cobane, 3. Philip Hopper, 4. Mark McKenna, 5. Michael Treanor (Capt), 6. Eugene McKenna, 7. David Sharkey, 8. Ryan Wilson, 9. Mark Ellis, 10. Reece Smyton, 11. Josh Coulter, 12. Andy Johnson, 13. Paul Armstrong, 14. Adam Boles, 15. Ewan Haire, 16. Josh Fegan, 17. BJ Wilson.

David Sharkey: Aaron Dunwoody, Fleming Agnew and Rodney Bennett picked up injuries at Ards and will be ruled out for 1/2 weeks. Coaches Stephen Bothwell and PC Faulkner continue their rotation of the playing squad. Philip Hopper comes into the front row with Mark Ellis and Reece Smyton replacing Neil Trotter and Dylan Eakin at 9 and 10. Andy Johnson replaces Reece Smyton in the centre with Adam Boles returning on the wing. Josh Fegan who was unavailable last week returns on the bench along with the experienced BJ Wilson.


Banbridge seconds (6) v Ballymoney (2)

Lisburn (12) v Malone seconds (13)

Omagh seconds (110 v Ballymena seconds (7)


BHSFP (6) v Newry (4)

Donaghadee (1) v Civil Service (7)

Holywood (8) v Ophir (12)

Letterkenny (10) v Cavan (11)

Strabane (3) v PSNI (9)

Virginia (5) v Monaghan (2)



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