Ballynahinch complete dream season

Ballynahinch 28 UCC 21

Ballynahinch 28 UCC 21

Ballynahinch rounded off a spectacular season today when they turned in a sparkling second-half performance to beat last year's winners in the AIB League Division Two final at Dooradoyle.

The all-conquering Co Down side completed a stunning quadruple of senior competition wins, adding the Division Two play-off trophy to the Ulster Senior Cup, Ulster Senior League and AIB Cup.

Derek Suffern's men, minus their suspended captain Stuart Lamb, came from 21-12 down to stun table-toppers UCC into submission and chalk up their 16th straight win in all competitions.

The Cork students made the perfect start with a try after only six minutes by outside centre Ivan Dineen which Gavin Dunne converted.

Seven minutes later, 'Hinch got on terms when full-back Jonny Cullen raced in for a try which New Zealand out-half Ryan Bambry added the extras to.

Hooker Wayne Falvey was driven over for a try to put UCC back in front and as the relentless pace continued, 'Hinch winger Aaron Ferris nipped in at the corner to make it 12-12.

A drop goal and two penalties by out-half Dunne had Conor Twomey's defending champions 21-12 in front and they seemed to be cruising when 'Hinch had a player sin binned after 37 minutes.

Just on half-time, Bambry landed a penalty to give the Ulster side hope for the second half.

Few could have imagined that UCC would be held scoreless for the remainder of the game and a try by 'Hinch hooker Neil Hanna three minutes into the second half proved crucial.

Bambry failed to convert that try but he landed a penalty soon after and 'Hinch, in their 38th game of an exhaustive season, went for the kill.

On 58 minutes their nippy centre Nevin Spence scored a superb try.

The Ireland U-20 Development player gained possession just inside his own half, slipped between two defenders and raced away for a try worthy of winning any final.


Ballynahinch: Tries: Jonny Cullen, Aaron Ferris, Nevin Spence, Neil Hanna; Con: Ryan Bambry; Pens: Ryan Bambry 2

UCC: Tries: Ivan Dineen, Wayne Falvey; Con: Gavin Dunne; Pens: Gavin Dunne 2; Drop: Gavin Dunne.

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