RAINEY 17 - 10 MALONE

Energia Men’s Community Series Ulster Conference 1 10 October 2020
Scorers: Roberts(1*Try), Bratton(1*Try), McLean(1*Pen, 2*Conv)
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Rainey Old Boys registered their first win in the Ulster Conference when they beat Malone 17-10 at Hatrick Park, running in  two tries in quick succession and holding on for a morale-boosting victory.


Conditions were much better than anticipated, giving the teams every opportunity to play some rugby. But, with a referee who constantly penalized both sides at the breakdown and for encroaching, it became a stop-start affair.  Rainey welcomed back John McCusker from hamstring trouble, but were without prop O'Hagan.  The pack, however, did well to more than hold their own against a physical Gibson Park eight.  With defences generally on top, Malone were held up after going to the corner with a penalty.  Rainey then had a good spell, with McLean going close from over forty yards.

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ARMAGH 63 - 14 RAINEY

Energia Men’s Community Series Ulster Conference 1 26 September 2020
Scorers: Quinn(1*Try), McErlain(1*Try), McLean(2*Conv)
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A below strength Rainey Old Boys expected a tough examination when they headed to the Palace Grounds to face Armagh on the opening day of the Ulster Senior League.  But, while Rainey played quite well in spells, Armagh simply had too much in their locker for them,romping to a 63-14 victory.

 

Back in the top section, having somehow slipped down two seasons ago, this Armagh side will be fancied to add this title to the Ulster Senior Cup which they won last season for the third year in a row.

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RAINEY 9 - 19 MALONE

Malone were at Hatrick Park on Saturday for a friendly which was much more entertaining than the Harlequins affair the previous week.  On a beautiful afternoon, both sides served up some good rugby, with a 19-7 scoreline greatly flattering the Gibson Park men.  Rainey probably had the better of it territorially, but just could not convert possession into points.

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RAINEY 8 - 15 CASHEL

Energia AIL 2A 29th February 2020

Scorers: M.O'Neill(1*Try), Connolly(1*Pen)

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The weather was the real winner at Hatrick Park where Cashel kept their promotion chances very much alive by holding on to beat Rainey Old Boys 15-8 to avenge a defeat at Spafield earlier in the season.  Queen's made it six in a row by beating Old Crescent 24-7 at The Dub, joining Cashel in second place, a point behind Barnhall, whose game with Buccaneers was called off.

 

While the playing surface held up well considering the inclement weather, conditions could hardly have been worse for the players or the sparse crowd who braved the elements.  Many of the spectators wisely opted to remain indoors.  The Tipperary side did not have to face the rain, sleet and snow which ceased at half-time, but they dominated up front when it mattered as Rainey simply turned over too much ball in contact and made a few dubious decisions.

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OLD CRESCENT 29 - 17 RAINEY

Energia AIL 2A 22nd February 2020

Scorers: D.O'Neill(1*Try), M.O'Neill(1*Try), Magrath(2*Conv, 1*Pen)

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Despite beating Old Crescent 32-10 earlier in the season, Rainey Old Boys expected a difficult examination in Limerick where the Rosbrien side are an altogether different proposition.  After a slow start to the season, Crescent are now on a roll and a 29-17 victory keeps them in the promotion race while Rainey drop out of the top four.  For Rainey, Saturday's home clash with second-placed Cashel is a must-win game.  The Old Boys were 18-15 winners of a classic encounter at Spafield in November and must find something special if they are to topple the Tipperary outfit.

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RAINEY 10 - 15 QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY

Energia AIL 2A 15th February 2020

Scorers: Connolly(1*Pen), (1*Pen Try)

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Storm Dennis caused havoc at Hatrick Park on Saturday where Rainey Old Boys met Queen's University in a crucial AIL fixture.  The pitch had dried out well on Friday, but a downpour at lunchtime Saturday put the match in jeopardy.  After two inspections, the referee called the game off.  Then it was on again and then off again.  The all-weather pitch at Meadowbank was an alternative, but it did not meet all the criteria required for staging an AIL game.  But, after a phone call to Dublin, the game was given the go-ahead.  Some of the Queen's players were on their way home by this stage, but returned in time for a 3.05pm start.  All this upheaval was soon forgotten when they held on for a deserved 16-10 victory.

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