City of Armagh claimed the Ulster Senior Cup for the first time in their history with a 17 – 13 win against Ballymena last night at the Kingspan Stadium.

The Orchard county side enjoyed the best of the opening exchanges but it was Ballymena that opened the scoring at the end of the first quarter with Glenn Baillie landing a penalty after an earlier miss.

Armagh hit back midway through the second quarter with Cormac Fox landing a penalty to tie the game 3 – 3 at the break.

Despite Armagh again dominating proceedings at the start of the second half, Ballymena took, what looked like, a decisive lead at the end of the third quarter, with Callum Patterson adding a try, conversion and penalty, all in the space of minutes, to give ‘Mena a 3 – 13 lead.

However, a break from Armagh’s Ryan Purvis, from inside his own 22, eventually led to hooker Andrew Smyth being driven over following a line out. Fox converted to make it a three point game.

Armagh finally went in front midway through the final quarter when scrum half Harry Doyle jinked over from close range to score a try out wide. Fox added the extras to take the score to 17 – 13.

Ballymena pushed hard in the extended time left but Armagh were able to hold on to claim their historic victory.

Final Score: City of Armagh 17 Ballymena 13

We have two sets of pictures from our super snappers Bob and Graham, below. Enjoy.

Photo credit – Bob Given Photography

 

Photo credit – Graham Service Photography

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