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Old Crescent run circles around Dungannon men.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Old Crescent run circles around Dungannon men. thumbnail Duran Krummeck is grounded by the Crescent defence.

Following a welcome win on the road last week Dungannon came down to earth with a bump when unbeaten Old Crescent dropped in at Stevenson Park on Saturday.


Dungannon...5
Old Crescent...38

The Limerick men who came so close in the promotion play-offs last season are still focused and clearly keen to go one better this season.

They play a confident running style game and that proved difficult for the hosts who conceded a total of six tries, three in each half.

Crescent kicked off and with conditions ideal for a running game both sides obliged.

Ten minutes in the visitors began to look dangerous and with the help of a lineout penalty moved close to the try line with Crescent's top forward Brendan Guilfoyle cutting through for Ronan McKenna to convert on 12 minutes.

Dungannon retorted but were foiled by a degree of offside. Closer to the touchline a minor scuffle ended with the Limerick scrum-half, Gary Fitzgerald sent to the 'sin bin' midway through the half.

Dungannon then forced their way to the line with a rolling maul. When scrum-half John Russell charged over there was some doubt about the try and it was disallowed.

Justice was done on the half-hour when a line-out drive ended with Malcolm Allister touching down to cut the deficit.

Within three minutes the Limerick men were back at the other end for fullback, Brian Tuohy to cross for McKenna to convert.

The hosts then suffered a setback when winger, Andrew McPhillips was 'binned' for a dangerous tackle.

The visitors then upped the ante for Guilfoyle to score his second try.

Duran Krummeck replied with an impressive break but it came to nought due to a lack of support and the half ended 5-21.

Crescent's scoring streak continued and two minutes in Guilfoyle completed his hat trick when he scored the bonus point try.

Dungannon retorted but when turned over Tuohy counter-attacked to complete his brace on 45 minutes.

McKenna added the extras and the Limerick men were cruising at 5-33. The pace of the game dipped after that but the disappointment of the home supporters was plain to see.

Just one try was scored in the final quarter and that fell to sub hooker, Niall Hardiman on 70 minutes.

The conversion failed and when the final whistle blew Old Crescent were worthy 38-5 winners. They now look forward to a mouth-watering top of the table clash this weekend. As for Dungannon there is much work to do as Andy Hughes 'young charges' aim to pick up the pieces.

Dungannon - Andrew McGregor, Matthew Montgomery, Paul Armstrong, Chris Swash, Andrew McPhillips, Duran Krummeck, John Russell, Glen Sinnamon, Malcolm Allister, Rodney Bennett, John Kane, Adam Batt, David Leyburn, Jonah Mau'u, Peter Doran, Ben Matchett, Seamus Mallon, Matthew Calvert, Daniel Maxwell, Sean O'Hagan.

Old Crescent - Brian Tuohy, Cathal Monaghan, Shane Mullaly, Larry Hanly, Val McDermott, Ronan McKenna, Gary Fitzgerald, Cathal O'Reilly, Darragh O'Brien (capt), Thomas Gormley, Cian Reale, Tevita Tali-Toia, Kevin Doyle, Jack O'Neill, Brendan Guilfoyle, Niall Hardiman, Seaghan Gleeson, David O'Brien, Luke Malone, Kevin Meade.

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