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Ulster Bank AIL 16th February 2019

Scorers: McGrath(2*Try), Quinn(1*Try), McLean(2*Conv)

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A severely depleted Rainey Old Boys side banked a priceless four points when they defeated Belfast Harlequins 19-10 at Deramore.The  city side were on a roll, having beaten Skerries and Corinthians away from home, so they were in with a real shout of beating the Old  Boys here, but Rainey's clinical finishing enabled them to build up a 19-0 interval lead which they never looked like losing.

SONI Ulster Premiership 29th December 2018

Scorers: Mulholland(1*Try), Fitzsimons(1*Try), J.McCusker(2*Try)

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The final day of the SONI Ulster Premiership League saw Division 2 winners Rainey Old Boys in action against Dungannon at Stevenson Park.  It turned out to be a low key affair, with Rainey banking a try scoring bonus point in a 20-10 victory.

 

Rainey were without several regulars, some unavailable and others rested with a tough Senior Cup semi-final at Armagh coming up,b ut they always looked as if they could move up a gear against a Dungannon side which showed commendable spirit, committing forwards to the breakdown to enjoy territorial advantage for much of the game and stay in the picture.

SONI Ulster Premiership 22nd December 2018

Scorers: Clarke(1*Try), J.McCusker(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), Magrath( 1*Try,4*Conv)

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A good crowd turned out at Hatrick Park for the Soni Ulster Premiership game between Rainey Old Boys and Belfast Harlequins, both sides having won their three games at the start of the season as a warm up to the AIL.  Having defeated Quins recently in an AIL game at the same venue, Rainey were confident of repeating that success and in winning 28-19, with a try scoring bonus point, they cannot be caught now with only next week's game at Dungannon to be played.  So, Rainey are winners of Division 2 and will compete against the big clubs in the top section next season.

Ulster Bank AIL 15th December 2018
Scorers: O.Quinn(1*Try), O'Neill(1*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try), Magrath(1*Try, 2*Conv), Fritz(1*Try)
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On a thoroughly miserable afternoon, Rainey Old Boys produced probably their best display of the season to beat Mid-Ulster neighbours Dungannon 29-0 at Hatrick Park.  The sides meet again on January 19 when the AIL resumes at Stevenson Park.  At the mid-season stage, Rainey will be happy with their comeback after a very slow start, while Dungannon have slipped down to bottom place.  This game passed a late inspection after hours of heavy rain and high winds and, while there were plenty of handling errors in the atrocious conditions, Rainey in particular, adapted well, with out-half Andy Magrath running the show throughout.  His kicking out of hand was most impressive.

Ulster Bank AIL 8th December 2018
Scorers: Magrath(1*Pen, 4*Conv), Fritz(1*Try), Clarke(1*Try), Pritchard(1*Try), M.McCusker(1*Try), Donaghy(2*Try)
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With five of the players who started against Belfast Harlequins unavailable for selection for various reasons, coach John Andrews had to make some positional switches and pin his hopes on youth for the long trip to Cork to play Sunday's Well.  He will have a somewhat different selection dilemma when he sits down to decide on a squad to play Dungannon on Saturday.  His very young lineup excelled in Cork, scoring six tries and picking up a bonus point in a magnificent 41-6 victory at Irish Independent Park.  After blowing hot and cold all season, it made for a pleasant change to see a Rainey side be more clinical and play for the full eighty minutes.