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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.

Ulster Bank AIL 16th December 2017
Scorers: Magrath(1*Pen, 3*Conv), J.McCusker(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), Donaghy(2*Try)


Two opportunist tries from left-wing Andrew Donaghy spared Rainey's blushes as they edged in front to beat third from bottom Sunday's Well 29-21 at Irish Independent Park. While the Old Boys came away with a bonus point, having created very few try scoring chances, the losers were denied a consolation bonus point when, with the last kick of the match, a 51 yard penalty dropped agonisingly short. And they could be excused for even thinking that they might have won the game. Sharper in the loose than Rainey, they kept the ball in hand well to cause problems and the outcome was in doubt until Donaghy hit them with his double salvo out of the blue in the final quarter. While John McCusker was surprisingly released by Ulster "A", Tim Barker did not travel and both he and Tommy O'Hagan were badly missed in a strangely subdued pack which never really got going.

Ulster Bank All ireland League 25th November 2017

Scorers: Pritchard(1*Try), Magrath(1*Try, 2*Conv, 3*Pen)



While leaders Old Crescent were needing a late penalty to beat Belfast Harlequins at Deramore, Rainey Old Boys had to settle for four points from their 23-8 victory over Skerries at Hatrick Park.  The North Dublin side proved to be a tough nut to crack.  After making an impressive start to the campaign, they have slipped down the table, but their tackling was so good that a winning bonus point was never a consideration in a game which died the death in the last quarter.  With Lamberton, Quinn and Harbinson nursing minor injuries, Rainey were able to introduce Callum Smyth and Ciaran Devlin to senior rugby, in what was still a very strong squad.

Ulster Bank AIL 2B 11th November 2017
Scorers: The Pack(1*Try), Barker(1*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try), Sterling(1*Try), Quinn(1*Try), (1*Pen Try), Magrath(5*Conv)



It was a major occasion in the history of City of Derry on Saturday as they marked the clinching of a lucrative sponsorship deal which will enable them to develop and expand facilities at their already fine complex at Judge's Road, which has been renamed The Craig Thompson Stadium.  But their on-field problems will not be easily solved.  While the attitude of the players could not be questioned, they were rarely in the game as Rainey dominated in almost every department to win 40-5 and move a point closer to leaders Old Crescent at the top.  Derry remain second from bottom, with one win from seven outings.

Ulster Bank AIL 4th November 2016

Scorers: O'Neill(2*Try), McIlroy(1*Try), McMurray(1*Try), Magrath(2*Conv, 2*Pen)



The match of the day in Division 2B at Hatrick Park between Rainey Old Boys and Wanderers promised to be a real cracker and it lived up to all expectations, as Rainey fought back with a rousing second-half display to clinch a great 32-18 victory and bank a bonus point with a last minute try.  The Dubliners were the better side in the first half and could easily have turned round with a commanding lead, but Rainey's big players turned up the heat with great support from their colleagues to gradually assume control and produce some very entertaining rugby in the process.