In a game transferred from Deramore to Pirrie Park Dungannon finished up second best to Belfast Harlequins who amassed 21 points in the opening half. The visitors sprung to life to dominate the latter half but were unable to overturn the Belfast team. The two sides meet again on the 13th October. Harlequins started this game on the back of 2 practice games against Ballyclare and Navan respectively and it showed against a side that had none. Dungannon could certainly run the ball with Andrew McGregor, Matt Montgomery and newcomer, Bradley Mulholland prominent in the early stages but it was Quins who had the cutting edge. Following a fairly even opening they took the lead when Richie McKee dotted down for Paul Kerr to convert. Dungannon bounced back but a string of penalties saved the Quins line before Kerr broke through the middle for Callum Leckey to force his way over. Kerr added the extras and Quins went 14 points clear after the opening quarter with Dungannon losing John Russell to injury. Dungannon’s other half back, John Buckley did well to remain following a dubious tackle before Christian Bennison stretched the lead for Quins. Kerr’s conversion made it 21-0 before Stephen Todd went close at the goal line right on the half time whistle. A word or two of advice from Coach, Andy Hughes and Dungannon were a much-improved side in the second half. With the experienced Glenn Sinnamon on the park the set scrum continued to shine with newcomer, Ross Stewart and promoted Daniel Mikolajcryk making their presence felt. Errors spoiled early chances but once close to the line Dungannon drove forward from a penalty lineout. Quins collapsed the maul and the ref had no option but to yellow card the Quins hooker. Gannon opted for the scrum and when Quins transgressed once more Dungannon were awarded a penalty try on 53 minutes. Following the restart Kerr kept his 100% record at the tee when he knocked over a penalty to make it 24-7. Going into the final quarter Dungannon hit back for Lewis McCrabbe to cross the line following good work by Connor McGeough, David Leyburn and Peter Doran. At 24-12 Quins were forced to defend and held on for a deserved win. Watching this game were new signings, Guilhem Lopez and Lucca Avelli who hope to make an impact at Stevenson Park when the paperwork is complete. Missing out on a game was Jonah Mau’u who is involved with the Ulster ‘A’ side.
Dungannon:- Andrew McGregor, Mervyn Brown, Matt Montgomery, Bradley Mulholland, Jordan McIlwaine, John Buckley, John Russell, Ross Stewart, Jamie McNeill, Sean O’Hagan, Stephen Todd, Lewis McCrabbe, Alex Gormley, David Leyburn, Peter Doran, Daniel Mikolajcryk, Glen Sinnamon, Ross McCaughey, Ben Semple, Connor McGeough.