Derry good display for Dungannon men

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

DUNGANNON were on fire at Judges Road on Saturday, securing a full compliment of points by the half hour as they posted nine tries on hapless Derry during the course of the afternoon.

City of Derry...6

The win pulls 'Gannon clear of the drop zone, leaving the hosts firmly planted to the bottom.

Dungannon pressurised Derry from the start and a solid scrum led to a try for Jonah Mau'u in the fifth minute. Chris Swash added the extras to send the visitors seven points clear.

Derry bounced back and Neil Burns added penalties on the 7th and 12th minutes. Dungannon kept the pressure on and from successive scrums, David Leyburn negated Derry's attempts to gain ground from the set piece.

A break from Stephen Todd was stopped short but Derry made a mess of the subsequent lineout.

The quick thinking of Chris Swash made space for Matthew Montgomery to race through and score beneath the posts after 18 minutes. Swash converted to make it 14-6.

Five minutes later, Glen Sinnamon charged over following a lineout drive. Dungannon then secured the try bonus on the half hour.

Good work by James McMahon and Malcolm Allister led to a second try for Mau'u. The latter then acted as provider for Montgomery to complete his brace on 33 minutes.

Another superb restart from Doran allowed McMahon to make ground. Good work by Ben Matchett and Swash then paved the way for 'try of the match'.

The ball passed through several pairs of hands before the mercurial Seamus Mallon darted in to make it 34-6 at the break.

Dungannon started the second half on the offensive with McGregor and Todd going close. Eventually, good drives from Sean O'Hagan and Allister saw McMahon race away to score on 55 minutes. In the final quarter Dungannon added two more tries.

First up it was Todd who raced 30 metres to score after Jack Ravey charged down a Derry clearance.

The final score fell to the industrious Paul Armstrong who straightened the line before darting in on 75 minutes. Swash then hit the target with the conversion to leave the final score at 51-6.

Whilst Derry are suffering a loss of form, this was a very good performance by the Dungannon squad; they maintained pressure and intelligently used the football.

Up front, Stephen Todd was outstanding, while the front row, the back row and the returning Peter Doran all did their job. The half backs controlled the game and the three quarters showed how to work the ball at pace.

Spare a thought though for Andrew McGregor, who was disappointed not to get on the score sheet and it was not for the want of trying. If humanly possible, the supporters will drive him over next time. The two sides meet again at Stevenson Park this Saturday.

Dungannon - Andrew McGregor, Matthew Montgomery, Seamus Mallon, Paul Armstrong, Mervyn Brown, Christopher Swash, Ben Matchett. Glen Sinnamon, Malcolm Allister, Rodney Bennett. Stephen Todd, Peter Doran. James McMahon, David Leyburn, Jonah Mau'u. Jamie McNeil, Sean O'Hagan, John Joe Kane, Mark Riddell, Jack Ravey.


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