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Friday, 03 July 2015

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Triumphant Kells march on to the play-off final

KELLS have won their place in the Iggesund Cumberland ARL First Division play-off final.

The team that topped the table at the end of the regulation season beat runners-up Distington 16-4 in a particularly tight qualification semi-final.

It was 10-0 to Kells at half-time but there wasn’t much in it during the second-half when Adam Ramsden scored a lone try for Distington.

Barry Boyd (2) and David Lowery scored the Kells tries with Ross Gainford adding two goals.

Distington will get another chance, though, taking on the eventual winners of the game between Maryport and Glasson Rangers to see who tackles Kells in the final.

Dark-horses for the competition, Maryport beat Seaton Rangers 46-18 in the elimination semi-final after cruising into a 30-6 half-time lead. Credit to Seaton for giving it a go in the second-half, especially as they hadn’t been able to raise a team the week before and there were serious doubts about whether they would be able to muster enough on Saturday.

But tries from Callum Phillips, Andy McGlasson and Duncan Moyle showed there is still some life in the former League champions. Moyle kicked three goals.

Maryport would feel they had the game won at half-time with such a comfortable lead. Sam Forrester, the lightning quick full-back who is a target for both Workington Town and Whitehaven, helped himself to a brace of tries.

Mark Lister, Darren Degraff, Marc Walker. Craig Foster, Steve Scholey, Matt Tunstall and Lee Ferguson all crossed for Maryport with Walker adding five goals.

The scheduled Division Two play-off game between Clifton and Kells A was called-off because of a waterlogged pitch.


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