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SONI Ulster League Section A 31st August 2019

Scorers: Hall(1*Try), McIntosh(1*Try) Bloomfield(1*Try), McCusker(1*Try), Connolly(3*Conv, 1*Pen)

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With many of their regulars unavailable for selection, it was a strange looking lineup that Rainey Old Boys had on duty on the opening day of the SONI Ulster Premiership.  Their opponents, Ballynahinch, Ulster's top club, won Section A last season while Rainey won Section B.  The visitors may have selected an experimental side for this game, but that does not detract from an unexpected superb effort from a makeshift young Rainey outfit which, once they gained a foothold in the game, went from strength to strength to secure a bonus point 29-16 victory.

Friendly 24th August 2019
Scorers: Connolly(2*Try), Donaghy(1*Try), Jeffers(1*Try), Bloomfield(1*Try), Magrath(1*Pen, 4*Conv)
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After trailing 21-7 to visitors Dromore at half-time, Rainey Old Boys ran in four tries in the final quarter as the Barban Hill side began to wilt in the warm sunshine, to end up 36-28 winners.  While pleased to turn things around, Rainey know that there is a lot of work to be done in the next few weeks before the AIL campaign starts.  Ulster's top club, Ballynahinch come to Hatrick Park on Saturday (2:30 p.m. kick-off ) when the SONI Ulster Premiership gets under way.  Tough games against Queen's and Ballymena and a Cup quarter-final will fully test them in September.

Ulster Bank AIL 2B Promotion Final 27th April 2019

Scorers: Quinn(1*Try), Roberts(1*Try), O'Neill(1*Try), McSwiggan(1*Try), Magrath(1*Try, 4*Conv), Barker(1*Conv)

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It has been a difficult season for Rainey Old Boys, but it had a happy ending on Saturday at Stradbrook, south Dublin, where they beat Blackrock College 35-21 before a big crowd in the Play-off final.  Next season will be a huge challenge as they face several big clubs who have slipped down from a higher level.  The game turned out to be a real cliffhanger after a clinical Rainey side had led 28-7 ten minutes into the  second half.  Blackrock hit back with two converted tries making extra time a strong possibility, but Rainey pulled out all the stops to weather the storm, prop Aidan McSwiggan clinching it with a last minute try at the posts.

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.