Rugby: Dungannon entertain on the road to Seapoint in penultimate UBL fixture

Seamus Mallon hands off a Seapoint tackler
Seamus Mallon hands off a Seapoint tackler

SEAPOINT 15 DUNGANNON 27

Dungannon sealed victory in the final quarter at windy Kilbogget Park on Saturday with a bonus point try in the final quarter.

Paul Armstrong breaks away to score

Paul Armstrong breaks away to score

Up to that point the already relegated Seapoint, playing only for pride, showed great spirit as they chased the game until the hour mark.

Dungannon had first use of the strong wind but it was Seapoint who held possession well to threaten the visitors’ defence. That said, it was Dungannon who opened the scoring when John Buckley sent through a deft grubber kick for Seamus Mallon to touch down on 9 minutes. Paul Armstrong added the extras.

Seapoint bounced back though and their lively pack set up a score five minutes later when No 8 Jonny Walsh barged over. Midway through the half Seapoint went ahead when centre, Paddy Dempsey finished off a notable counterattack. Neither try was converted but the hosts were more than happy to be 10-7 ahead.

On 25 minutes Seamus Mallon made an incisive break and when stopped good work by James Bates and Buckley saw Armstrong run clear to the posts for a try that he converted himself. Now 14-10, ahead Dungannon were forced into defence by gallant Seapoint but the half ended without further scoring.

Dungannon faced the breeze in the second half but suffered a setback when John Joe Kane saw yellow on 47 minutes. Undeterred, the visitors remained on the front foot and when Mark Faloon launched a diagonal kick the alert Michael Lawton collected and sped off to the try line on 50 minutes.

Back came Seapoint and following a Dungannon dropout prop Brian Lyons charged away cutting the gap to four points. Minutes later the home side lost a player to the ‘bin’ and when Kane returned he took a good lineout ball to put Dungannon on the front foot once more. Good ball handling saw Stephen Todd and Faloon go close before a penalty let Seapoint off the hook.

The visitors were playing in the opponents half at this stage and when a penalty chance came along Armstrong made it 15-22 with just eight minutes remaining. In the dying seconds a five metre penalty was spurned and Dungannon drove forward for scrum-half Gerard Treanor to dive over sealing the issue at 27-15 in the visitors’ favour.

All credit to both sides for an entertaining game despite the influence of the menacing breeze.

Dungannon: Paul Armstrong, Michael Lawton, Seamus Mallon, Mark Faloon, Matthew Montgomery, John Buckley, James Bates, Glen Sinnamon, Daniel Maxwell, Philip Fletcher, John Joe Kane, Ross McCaughey, David Leyburn, Stephen Todd, Mark Riddell (c), Steven Sinnamon, Karl Egan, Philip Gilkeson, Gerard Treanor, Jonathan Toal.

Seapoint: Ken Casey, David O’Neilly, Rory Conway, Gavin Hayes, Paddy Dempsey, Cian Blockley, Sean O’Connor, Brian Lyons, Peter Hipple, Liam Feaheny, Mark McCoy, Eoin Beatty, Michael Kerr, Eoin Cremen, Jonny Walsh, Richard Doyle, Paul Kelly, Evan Keogh, Brian Guerin, Zac Jayman.

Referee: George Finn (Munster)

LARNE II 14

DUNGANNON II 40

Dungannon Seconds hit top form at windswept Larne when they scored six tries before running out comfortable 40-14 winners.

Peter Smith opened with a brace and other try scorers included Andrew Creaney, Adam Cooper, Mike Ross and Sean O’Hagan.

Coach Jonny Patton was pleased with the performance by this rather youthful looking 2nd XV.

Dungannon: Richard Wright, Andrew Creaney, Robert McLean, Gareth Graham, Mike Ross, Ben Matchett, Jack Ravey, Colm O’Hagan, Adam Cooper, Sean O’Hagan, Gordon Stewart, Matthew Calvert, Peter Doran, Matthew Clarke, Peter Smith, Matthew Stockdale.

Congratulations are in order for Bluebulls player, Dans Gulbis who captained his country, Latvia in the European Youth tournament held in Portugal last week. All at Stevenson Park are proud of his achievement.

The final round of games in Division 2B take place this weekend and Dungannon entertain near neighbours Armagh.

The two well-matched sides sit comfortably in mid table and it promises to be a mouth-watering clash.

Also at home are the Seconds who take on Rainey OB. Meanwhile, the Thirds travel to play Cooke II at their Belfast base.