Dungannon kicked off into the sun aided by a strong cool northerly wind on the recently modified 3G surface at Independent Park.
There was little between the sides in the first 20 minutes until Lucca Avelli kicked a penalty when a Well player was guilty of being off his feet. Shortly afterwards Glenn Sinnamon was red carded following an altercation with the opposing scrum half who clearly made a meal of the contact to his head. While the Well were marginally better in the tight Dungannon had clearly the edge in the loose and Brown was unfortunate to trip with the line at his mercy.
Sunday’s Well meant business at the start of the second half with a try just after the restart by winger Keohane converted by Geary. Two minutes later again poor Dungannon tackling allowed the other winger Kieran in for an unconverted try making it 12-3
A great break by Johna Mau’u yielded a penalty deep in the home half. Failure to find touch, John Buckley having been replaced by Mark Riddell, saw the Well counter attack and almost score. Dungannon continued to press and Mulcahy picked up a yellow card for preventing release.
Shortly after James Gamble won a penalty for a no arms tackle deep in the opposition half. From the ensuring line-out the pack easily drove Riddle over for the try making it 12-8.
Geary increased the home lead with a fine long-range penalty from the 22. The Dungannon support was comforted by the thought of a losing point only to see it snatched away through an injury time Hegarty try. The visitors didn’t give up and attacked the home line but to no avail, leaving the final score 20-8.
A disappointing result and credit to the fourteen men who never gave up, but defensive errors and a high penalty count by Dungannon gave the home side an easy win.
Dungannon Team:- McGregor, McPhillips, Avelli, Brown, Montgomery, Buckley, Ravey, Sinnamon, Maxwell, O’Hagan, Todd, Lopez, Gormley, Leyburn, Mau’u, Gamble, McNeill, Riddell, McIlwaine, Evans.