Dungannon are bang on the money

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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Dungannon 43 Bangor 12

IT IS all of 20 years since Dungannon and Bangor met in the Ulster League and hence it was of interest as to how both sides would square up at Stevenson Park on Saturday afternoon.
True to say, both coaches had their eye on the start of All Ireland League action this weekend and a last chance to test their preparations.
Tries apiece marked a fairly even opening quarter before the hosts took control and by the second minute of the second half Dungannon had secured the bonus point try on their way to a convincing victory with three more tries in the final half hour.
Dungannon started with a flourish and it came as no surprise when newcomer scrum-half, John Russell finished off with a try at the posts on three minutes. Connor McGeough added the simple extras.
Bangor hit back, forcing Dungannon to defend.
For a time, the home side did keep the line intact before Bangor centre, Michael Weir cut through the middle for Gareth Millar to convert on 10 minutes.
Bangor then screwed a penalty to the corner and, following some good forward pressure, Jonah Mau'u forced a turnover and the danger was cleared. Another Dungannon offensive led to a try for Matthew Montgomery on 22 minutes. McGeough converted to make it 14-7.
Both sides lost a player to the 'sinbin' and the game sprung to life again when Sean O'Hagan powered his way through supported by the industrious Mau'u. The half ended 19-7.
Dungannon started the second half as they did the first with the lively Daniel Maxwell popping the ball up for Stephen Todd to score on two minutes. McGeough converted to make it 26-7.
At the restart there was controversy when the Bangor No 8 took out O'Hagan, who was forced off the pitch. Many expected a red card to be shown but the ref decided on yellow!
The visitors then pressed down the right flank and they were rewarded with a try per Ben Webb on 50 minutes. That completed the Bangor total as Dungannon added three more tries.
First up it was McGeough after Russell was denied by the referee's whistle. Paul Armstrong then stepped through a rather ragged Bangor defence on 68 minutes before Maxwell added Dungannon's seventh on 75 minutes. Duran Krummeck converted to complete the scoring at 43-12.
This was a good win and Dungannon with several new players in the back line looked clinical.
However, there are still a few things to be tidied up and Coach, Andy Hughes will be working on them before Skerries drop in on Saturday.
Dungannon - Andrew McGregor, Andrew McPhillips, Paul Armstrong, Seamus Mallon, Matthew Montgomery, Connor McGeough, John Russell, Rodney Bennett, Daniel Maxwell, Sean O'Hagan, Stephen Todd, Willie Graham, David Leyburn, Jonah Mau'u, Peter Doran, Jonny Black, Malcolm Allister, Duran Krummeck, Jack Ravey, Jordan McIlwaine.
The full list of Senior League results is as follows:
Ballynahinch 25 Banbridge 19
Derry 5 Malone 64
Ballymena 27 Armagh 38
Queen's 30 Quins 26
Rainey 29 Omagh 21
Dungannon 43 Bangor 12
Dungannon Seconds were beaten 27-12 at Ballynahinch, with Andrew Creaney and Glen Sinnamon scoring tries for the visitors. John Buckley converted one. The Fourths went one better with a 26-22 win in Newry.
Thursday night Table Quizzes started last week with proceeds in aid of Windmill Integrated Primary School. The 'Groundsmen' took the spoils in a closely fought finish.
Sandra Ferguson thanked all those who made the event a success including quizmasters, Philip and Jonny. This week, it is the turn of Killyman PG.


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