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McCambley Cup 16th December 2017

Ballymena IV called on their experience to beat a profligate Rainey III side 34-24 in the second round of the McCambley Cup at Hatrick Park. Rainey would probably have gone on to win the game had they not butchered three glorious chances in the second half. Rainey had the services of a couple of their more senior players for this game, but while their scrum held their own, they won very little lineout ball. At half-time, Ballymena led 8-6. Rainey actually led 16-11 at a stage with tries from McCrea and McSwiggan keeping them in touch. But, while the seasoned visitors took their chances, Rainey did not make the ball do the work and were made to pay for their generosity.