Poto secures points for Dungannon

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Poto secures points for Dungannon thumbnailDungannon's Paul Armstrong is held by the Wanderers defence.

DUNGANNON moved up one place in the League Table with this deserved win over Wanderers at Stevenson Park on Saturday.


The hosts started on the front foot and kept the Dubliners defence busy with two chips from out-half Tianua Poto.

On seven minutes Gerard Treanor chipped ahead on the close side and the supporting Paul Armstrong reached high to claim possession and score a try that Poto converted.

Wanderers bounced back and when fullback, Niall O'Donohue entered the lined he dotted down for Garret O'Suillebhain to convert on 15 minutes.

The visitors were now on top with O'Suillebhain adding a penalty on 18 minutes and then converting a try scored by Patrick Mallon.

Dungannon now trailed 7-17 but going into the second quarter Poto cut the deficit with a penalty.

Closer to the break the visitors lost a forward to the 'bin' and when the hosts moved forward Armstrong touched down at the posts. Alas, the referee deemed it a 'crossover' and the score was disallowed.

Then another surge from the home side saw Matthew Montgomery grab a try in the corner. Poto levelled matters, 17-17 with a magnificent conversion from wide out.

Dungannon kept the momentum going and two minutes into the second half went further ahead. Seamus Mallon took play to the left offloading the ball to the speeding Jake Finlay who took play to the 22.

James McMahon took the final pass before charging away for Poto to convert.

The visitors then sliced a second penalty before the industrious Armstrong was denied while trying to take advantage of a 'knock on'.

Going into the final quarter Poto extended the Gannon lead with his second penalty, 27-17. The Dubliners hit back but Gannon turned defence into attack when McMahon sent Peter Cashel into the 22.

The hosts then suffered a setback when Stephen Todd was yellow carded but the home side continued to hold the upper hand.

Poto then went close with a penalty before Wanderers centre, Rob Clune put the visitors right back in the game when he touched down on 79 minutes.

O'Suillebhain added the extras to make it 27-24. Hopes of turning things around faded when Dungannon finished on top and Poto completed the scoring with his third penalty.

Dungannon - Jake Finlay, Matthew Montgomery, Seamus Mallon, Paul Armstrong, Peter Cashel, Tianua Poto, Gerard Treanor, Jonathan Black, Daniel Maxwell, Sean O'Hagan, John Kane, Peter Doran, Stephen Todd, David Leyburn, James McMahon (capt), Josh Kennedy, Karl Egan, Jack Ravey, John Buckley, Adam Clarke.


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