Instonians travelled to the Palace Grounds, Armagh on a damp Saturday afternoon Saturday afternoon for the Miller McCall Wylie Junior Cup Semi Final.
I’d caught up with this pair in a cracker of a Conference match at the start of the season and I was looking forward to this one as a thrilling finale to the Junior season. Unfortunately, Instonians found it difficult to raise themselves at the end of their highly successful season and City of Armagh ran out as winners with something to spare.
It was a fairly dour first half with neither side finding much continuity in the damp conditions. Armagh picked up a couple of penalties from the boot of Harry Boyd to take a 6 – 0 lead into the break.
Things picked up in the second half as Armagh started to turn the screw, James Crummie diving over from a lineout maul for the opening try on the 50th minute. Boyd converted to give Armagh a 13 – 0 lead.
An interception break out by Richard Reaney, three minutes later, settled the game in Armagh’s favour as the scoreboard rattled along to 18 – 0 with over 20 minutes remaining.
A second try from the industrious Crummie put some icing on the scoreboard with Boyd’s conversion taking the final score to 25 – 0. Instonians roused themselves for final flurry but, typical of their day, their winger was held up over the line after a late break down the left.
Armagh II’s will now join their 1st XV at Ravenhill on Saturday 14th as the club look to complete a Junior and Senior Cup double against Clogher Valley and Queen’s University respectively.