AIL 7th October 2023

Scorers: Faiva(2*Try), Hall(1*Try), Quinn(1*Try), McLean(4*Conv, 1*Pen)


Visitors to Hatrick Park on Saturday could have justifiably concluded they were seeing double, with both visiting teams, Sligo and Lurgan, in near identical yellow, black and red hooped jerseys. Sadly, the results in both matches were also similar, the visitors emerging victorious in both cases. Rainey 1st XV opened their AIL campaign against Sligo, eventually going down to a heart-breaking loss in a 31-33 thriller.

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QUB 40 - 24 RAINEY

Ulster Senior Cup Quarter-Final 23rd September 2023
Scorers: M.McCusker(1*Try), R.McCusker(1*Try), Montgomery(1*Try), McLean(3*Conv, 1*Pen)

With their second placing in Ulster Premiership Division 1 Group B earning them a quarter-final place in the Ulster Senior Cup, Rainey were back on the road to The Dub this weekend to face AIL 1B side Queen’s. Despite a great 1st-half, the students came back strongly and ran out eventual winners on a 40-24 scoreline. After a good showing for the IIs recently, Ethan Canavan made his 1st XV debut on the left wing and acquitted himself well once more.

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Ulster Premiership Division 1 Group B 9th September 2023

Scorers: Hall(1*Try), M.McCusker(1*Try), McLean(1*Pen, 4*Pen, 2*Conv)


Rainey recorded their first win of the season in front of a jubilant crowd at Hatrick Park last Saturday, defeating local rivals Ballymena 31 – 7. The win brought the club the runners-up spot in Group B of the Ulster Premiership Division 1 and secured their place in the quarter finals of the Ulster Senior Cup. Ballymena – 14 times Senior Cup winners – are at risk of dropping out of this season’s competition after this result left them languishing at the bottom of Group B.

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Ulster Premiership Division 1 Group B 2nd September 2023

Scorers: O'Hagan(1*Try), J.Hastings(1*Try), O'Neill(1*Try), McLean(1*Pen, 2*Conv)

Following last week’s close 32-36 home defeat to Armagh in the opening salvo of the newly revamped Ulster Senior League, Rainey were on the road this weekend to AIL 2A side Malone.  Rainey’s starting XV showed three changes from last week.  Mark Mulholland started on the wing, while Adam and Lee Montgomery took up positions in the backrow.  The addition of Kieran Doherty and John McCusker to the bench completed the reshuffle. 

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AIL Division 2B 26th November 2022

Scorers: Faiva(1*Try, 1*Conv), O'Neill(1*Try), McLean(1*Conv)

Rainey Old Boys welcomed Dublin-based Wanderers to Hatrick Park last Saturday for round 7 of AIL 2B.  Missing some key players, Rainey were on the wrong end of a 14-21 scoreline in a match they really should have won easily.

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AIL Division 2B 1st April 2023

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

With the fight for the AIL 2B play-offs going down to the wire, Rainey travelled to Deramore Park last Saturday for the penultimate league match, knowing a defeat would effectively end their season. A 20-22 victory kept their hopes alive for the final round, but they will be relying on several results going their way on 15th April if they are to avoid hanging up their boots for the season.

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