Rugby; Dungannon Fourths, only one to beat weather, beaten at Malone

Paul Magee takes on two defenders.
Paul Magee takes on two defenders.

Fourths travelled for a first outing in a month to the Junior League leaders, a mixture of rustiness and lack of hooker to throw in proving too much against a good Malone Fourths outfit.

Having started well by putting pressure on, an error allowed Malone to break out for a converted try between the posts on six minutes.

Julian Knipe took a quick penalty and, when the ball was recycled, Paul Magee scored in the corner, 7 – 5.

On eighteen minutes Malone broke through and scored a second converted try, 14 – 5.

Dungannon continued to press and Matthew Rodgers kicked a penalty, 14 – 8.

After a missed penalty by Rodgers, it was unchanged and the second half started like the first, Dungannon pressing but Malone first on the score board - capitalised on another mistake to score a third converted try, 21 – 8.

Sixty-five minutes saw Malone score their fourth try for a bonus point, 26 – 8.

Some lapses in concentration saw Malone run in two more converted tries on 74 and 78 minutes, 40 – 8.

Team manager Ally Moore had no real excuses: “Malone were very impressive today and we were making too many errors and missed a few tackles. We shall have to improve next week.”

Team: Chris Blair. Kevin McElduff, Andrew Holmes, Paul Magee, Matthew Rodgers. Richard Wright, Julian Knipe. Paul Martin, John McKee, Thomas Givans. Stephen Donaghy, Daniel Vance. Willie Graham, Alan Cummings, Clive Whylie. Gordon Stewart, Jack McDonald, Mark McFarland.

Referee: Tarek Qutteineh

This week’s fixtures:

Pride of place goes to Fourth XV who travel to Rifle Park, Banbridge to play the final of Forster Plate against CIYMS Thirds, kick off 2.30pm.

Seconds host Ballynahinch Thirds in Junior League.

Youth teams had plans disrupted by the rain, two teams in quarter-final of the competitions, players and coaches meriting credit.

If the U18s beat Carrick they’d be at home to Cavan in the semi-final of the Bowl.

If the U16s beat City of Derry they will host Banbridge in the semi final of the Bowl.

If the U14s beat Armagh they will be at home to Donegal Town in the quarter-final of the Plate.