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First Trust Ulster Senior Cup 15th September 2017

Scorers: Quinn(1*Try), McLean(5*Conv), McMurray(2*Try), Harbinson(1*Try), J.McCusker(1*Try), (1*Pen Try)

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Rainey continued their winning run with a fantastic display against Queens in the quarterfinal of the Senior Cup.  Rainey fielded their strongest team of the season so far with Donaghy, Quinn and O’Neill returning to the backline and Nevin making his first start at hooker adding to the ever-growing squad of young Magherafelt men who’ve gotten the season off to a flyer.

 

Rainey set the tone right from the off when captain Ronan McCusker regained the kick-off and started an onslaught of attacks on the Queens line.  McLean kept control of territory and when offered the opportunity attacked a static Queen’s defence and with a superb offload sent Oisin Quinn in below the posts for the opening score, before adding the conversion.

SONI Premiership 8th September 2018
Scorers: Stirling(1*Try), O'Neill(1*Try), McLean(1*Try, 2*Conv, 1*Pen), McMurray(1*Try)
 
 
After a traumatic spell which saw them demoted at the end of last season, City of Derry started their SONI Ulster Premiership campaign with a win at home to Bangor, but, despite competing well and moving the ball around smartly at times, they were not strong enough to contain an impressive young Rainey Old Boys side which scored four tries in a 27-8 victory.  While some of their bigger names have yet to take the field, coach John Andrews has confidence in his maturing young fringe players who are picking up valuable experience when given the chance.

Ulster Bank AIL Play-Off Semi-Final 21st April 2018

Scorers: Bloomfield(1*Try), McLean(1*Try), Quinn(1*Try), Magrath(1*Conv, 2*Pen, 1*Drop Goal)

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The spring sunshine attracted a big crowd to Hatrick Park for the play-off semi-final between Rainey Old Boys and Kildare side Barnhall. There was nothing between the teams until a gem of a try gave Rainey a little breathing space midway through the second half and they improved their position with a drop goal five minutes from the end of normal time for a 26-14 victory.  Promotion is the prize for the winners of next week's final when Rainey meet Navan at Hatrick Park.  The Meath club defeated Greystones 22-16 at Dr. Hickey Park where the scores were tied at 16-16 when the 2A side had a player yellow carded in the closing minutes.

 

With all their backs available for selection,Rainey coach John Andrews had a couple of hard decisions to make for this game, but Tim Barker was declared fit to start after intensive treatment during the week.  Paul Pritchard trained, but was not included among the replacements.  He is to see his consultant again this week and just might make an appearance.

Ulster Bank AIL 24th March 2018

Scorers: Barker(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), R.McCusker(1*Try), Magrath(1*Pen, 3*Conv), Pack(1*Pen Try)

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While Old Crescent were clinching the Division 2B title in Limerick, Rainey Old Boys and Navan were securing their place in the play-offs.  Rainey beat Belfast Harlequins 31-21 at Hatrick Park, with Navan's home win over Barnhall taking them closer to the Kildare side.  Rainey  are now well placed to grab the all-important home advantage in the play-offs.


While Rainey were  happy to pick up a try scoring bonus point against Harlequins, they will know that  they will have to perform a lot better if they are to win promotion.  Some of their injured men are back in action, but are short of match practice.  The pack are not playing as a unit and their lineout play continues to disappoint.  Tackling is sure to be top of the list at training over the next fortnight.  The next game is a home meeting with Navan on April 7.

Ulster Bank AIL 17th March 2018
Scorers: Magrath(1*Pen)

 

With three games to play in Division 2B, Rainey Old Boys remain in second place behind runaway leaders Old Crescent.  But their lead has been cut to only three points.  Third placed Barnhall beat them 25-3 at Parsonstown to reduce the deficit and increase the pressure as the battle for second place hots up.  Barnhall  face a tricky proposition this week when they must travel to Navan who will be seeking a play-off spot.

 

While two other Division 2B games were re-arranged for March 31, Rainey  were forced to play on a date which did not suit them.  They had to settle for an 11.00am kick-off, and with a depleted side, never looked like winning.  The only consolation for Rainey came from stopping Barnhall from banking a bonus point for scoring four tries.