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Ulster Bank AIL 3rd February 2018
Scorers: Donaghy(2*Try), Lamberton(1*Try), O'Neill(1*Try), Magrath(2*Pen, 1*Drop Goal, 1*Conv)


In a game that had just about everything, Rainey Old Boys, with a squad which was almost down to the bare bones, pulled off a remarkable 31-22 victory over Wanderers on the back pitch at the Aviva Stadium to keep their promotion hopes alive.  The Dublin 4 side must be wondering how they took away nothing from a game which they dominated territorially.  With more options in the lineout, their pack provided a good backline with a steady stream of good ball, but Rainey worked their socks off to contain them, set them back with some crashing tackles and run in four exceptional tries for a dramatic, if unexpected,win.

Ulster Bank AIL 26th January 2018
Scorers: Magrath(2*Pen), 1*Pen Try



As was feared, the loss of hooker Brad Roberts would be a major factor when Rainey Old Boys faced North Dublin side Skerries at Holmpatrick.  But it was not the sole reason why Rainey's ten game winning run came to an end.  Skerries were good value for their 20-13 victory, making the most of Rainey's poor decision making and silly mistakes.  To make matters even worse, ace flanker Paul Pritchard picked up a nasty head injury midway through the second half which could keep him out of action for some time.

Regional West 26th January 2018
Scorers: Friel 4*Try), Andrews(2*Try), Flanigan(1*Try), McGuckin(1*Try, 1*Conv), Higgins(1*Try, 4*Conv), Bell(1*Try), McSwiggan(1*Try)

Rainey III maintained their 100% record in Regional West when they ran out easy winners in a 0 – 65 encounter against Cookstown at Drapersfield last Saturday, with centre Friel bagging 4.  Although the pitch was soggy, it didn't prevent Rainey from playing some good running rugby as they consolidated their hold on the league.

Ulster Bank AIL 6th January 2018
Scorers: McMurray(4*Try), O'Neill(1*Try), Roberts(2*Try), Donaghy(1*Try), M.McCusker(1*Try), McSwiggan(1*Try), McLean(1*Try), Magrath(8*Conv)


After a mid-season dip in form, Rainey Old Boys were more like themselves as they defeated City of Derry 71-0 at a bright, but very cold Hatrick Park.  They ran in eleven tries, the first eight of them converted by ace marksman Andy Magrath, against a side facing a very tough future with a positive attitude.  With a vigour that has been missing in recent outings, a much sharper Rainey pack overpowered the city men in the set piece and supported well in the loose.  No8 Jody McMurray helped himself to four pushover tries, a very rare occurence, as well as being prominent in open play.  And, despite having three backs out of action, their handling was most impressive throughout.

Soni Ulster Premiership League Section B 29th December 2017

Scorers: Stewart(1*Try), Magrath(1*Try, 2*Conv, 1*Pen)


There was little in the way of festive cheer to be had at Deramore Park, where Belfast Harlequins defeated Rainey Old Boys 18-17 in a mundane Soni Ulster Premiership League Section B fixture which never rose above a mediocre standard.  The lights were on right from the start, which was perhaps, just as well, since the activity on the pitch never threatened to lighten up the gloom.  While the outcome meant little to both sides, they will both be anxious to improve on this showing.  'Quins face a daunting task to stay in Division 2B, while Rainey can, and must, do a lot better if they are to keep the pressure on leaders Old Crescent.  The city side had more desire on the  day, but were not good enough to take advantage of Rainey's lack of hunger in the loose.