Well-drilled Campbell clock up 24th cup win

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Well-drilled Campbell clock up 24th cup win

Former Ulster head coach Neil Doak was part of the coaching team assembled by former Ireland No.8 Brian Robinson and their influences were evident in a memorable win.

In ideal conditions, two mobile, well-organised forward units created many attacking opportunities but it was right on the stroke of half-time that the stalemate was broken, Campbell scrum-half Dara Gaskin squeezing over for a try and a 5-0 interval lead after his pack laid siege to the opposition line.

Armagh stormed out on the restart with Zac Thompson kicking a penalty to cut the gap to two points.

But in the 50th minute Oscar Yandall’s errant kick was gathered by Campbell full-back Conor Rankin who sprinted in from 25 yards before converting his own try for a 12-3 lead.

A minute later Thompson reduced the deficit, but in the 64th minute Campbell capitalised on a well-worked line-out.

From the resultant ruck winger Will Davis ran a forceful line to touch down, Rankin’s conversion easing the Belfast team 19-6 in front.

But Armagh’s refusal to concede was brilliantly emphasised by a spectacular last-minute converted try following a mazy, determined run by replacement Ben Lavery. However, it proved too little too late.

RS ARMAGH: M Campbell; O Webb, Z Thompson, M Reaney, N Jennings; R Morrow, A Johnston; J Chapman, J Treanor (capt), A McAlpine; J Agnew, S King; A Woods, R O’Neill, G Crawford

Rolling replacements: S Rainey, A Edgar, J Roberts, R Finlay, J King, B Lavery, C Whiteside, P Taylor.

CAMPBELL COLLEGE: C Rankin; W Davis, J MaCartney, B Power, R Tinsley; O Vandall, D Gaskin; J McKee (capt), H Jenkins, P McAlpine; O Kiernan, J Harrison; J Stinson, T Olaniyan, S Robinson.

Rolling replacements: J Gildea, M Carlisle, M Poor, J Johnston, J Brennan, L Yandall, H Owens, K Robertson.

Referee: Johnny Erskine.

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