Dungannon 26 Instonians 0
Dungannon, despite losing call-ups for Ulster, still managed to hit form and see off Instonians in this Ulster League match at Stevenson Park on Saturday.
Most of the damage was done in the first half and the home side led 21-0 at the break. All credit to Instonians they competed well in the second half but, despite the promptings of former Ulster player, Seamus Mallon, failed to break down a sound Dungannon defence.
Man of the match was Timmy Smith who scored the only try of the second half in an otherwise complete performance by the No 8.
Good work by the centre partnership of Paul Magee and Mark Faloon got Dungannon off to a good start when they sent Mark O’Shea away for the opening try on 2 minutes. Instonians settled thereafter and demonstrated some good ball retention, testing the home defence.
However, Dungannon were soon back on the offensive and when Inst infringed Jake Finlay fired over a penalty on 13 minutes.
Following the restart Inst were caught napping and the lively David Egner soon emerged from a clutch of defenders to score at the posts after a 40 metre run. Finlay popped over the simple conversion and Dungannon went 15 points clear in as many minutes.
The second quarter was end to end stuff but Finlay did add two penalties on 34 and 40 minutes to give home side a deserved 21-0 lead at the break.
Inst, desperate to get back in the game, saw Greg Mullany chip the ball into the Dungannon 22. Wisely, O’Shea called for the mark and the danger was averted. Egner then made a dash down the left wing but was stopped 20 metres short. Inst relaxed but the loose ball was quickly gathered by Smith who finished the job with a 20 metre dash to the line.
That brought a huge cheer from the home supporters and left Dungannon with a comfortable 26-0 lead. Both teams rolled on the subs in the final quarter and it was good to see Glen Telford back on the park after an absence of two years. He linked well with Magee and on a couple of occasions starred in a couple of notable line breaks. There was no further scoring though and Dungannon finished comfortable winners.
Dungannon: Mark O’Shea, Darren Simpson, Paul Magee, Mark Faloon, David Egner, Sean Conway, Jake Finlay, Charlie Sargaison, Paul Jackson, Mark Farquhar, Mark Jenkinson, Paul McCarroll, Michael Dunleavy, Gary Maxwell, Timmy Smith. Replacements: Steven Sinnamon, Steven Rogers, Peter Cashel, Ben Howard, Glen Telford.
Instonians: Peter Magee, Richard Fegan, Seamus Mallon, Jamie Scott, Matt Kilpatrick, Greg Mullany, Ross O’Donnell, Andrew Mairs, Ross Mungavin, Richard Fannin, Nick McMurray, Kenny Morton, James McCullough, Mark Jones, Andy McKeen. Replacements: Rory Sheard, Nick Andress, Adam McCarthy, Paddy Irwin, Curtis Sturgeon.
Referee: Richard Kerr (Cookstown)
The full list of Ulster Senior League results is as follows:-
Ards 14 Armagh 19
Ballymena 24 Rainey 12
Ballynahinch 31 Queens 0
Banbridge 25 City of Derry 33
Harlequins 5 Malone 25
Dungannon 26 Instonians 0
Dungannon II 20 Instonians II 3
Dungannon Seconds who were beaten by a single point in the away game made amends at Stevenson Park on Saturday when they beat
their Instonian counterparts 20-3.
The home pack was dominant on this occasion accounting for all four tries scored. Alas, Dungannon were off form at the tee with all strikes failing.
Dungannon looked the better side throughout and on ten minutes Jonny Toal acted as provider for Andrew Caddoo to score. Minutes later Instonians hit back with a penalty and a rather entertaining half ended 5-3.
The lead was stretched top 10-3 when Plunket McCallan finished off a super lineout drive on 50 minutes. No 8, Stuart McKenzie then added a third after controlling the ball well at scrum time.
Undeterred, Inst continued to compete but despite the promptings of fullback, Adam McCarthy could not find a gap in the home defence.
Ten minutes from time the issue was sealed when Sean O’Hagan forced his way over at a maul to complete the scoring.
Dungannon II: Peter Cashel, Jonny Toal, Jordan Patterson, Steven Rodgers, Jonny Mills, Ben Kennedy, Richard Wright (c), Owen
Mallon, Daniel Maxwell, Glen Sinnamon, Plunket McCallan, Richard Holmes, Sean O’Hagan, Andrew Caddoo, Stuart McKenzie.
Congratulations are extended to James McMahon who made his debut for the Ulster Ravens on Friday night. Alas for him it proved to be a losing start as unbeaten Bristol won the game 12-8.
The Fork Handles started the New Year with a win in the Humpty Dumpty quiz on Thursday night. This week the Soroptimists, who are great workers for charity are in charge.
There is no game for the Firsts this weekend but the Seconds have a league encounter at home to Ballynahinch II. The Thirds and Fourths take to the road in search of points against Carrick II and Grosvenor III respectively.