Dungannon secured a full compliment of points with a deserved 41-21 win over City of Derry at Stevenson Park on Saturday. It was a fine running spectacle that produced a total of 10 tries despite a lengthy thunderstorm in the middle of it all. Coaches, Andy Hughes and Jonny Patton were delighted with the performance after the one point defeat at the hands of Harlequins. Being the last round of the Ulster League games it was time for both sides to take stock.
From the kick off Derry held possession well keeping the hosts pinned back in the opening minutes. However, a ‘knock on’ gave Gannon the scrum and from that moment the hosts threatened the Derry line. The visitors survived 2 five metre scrums before a penalty lineout saw Malcolm Allister crash over for the opening try. Jordan McIlwaine added the extras to send Gannon 7 points clear. Derry hit back and with the very same approach levelled matters 5 minutes later. Hooker, Cathal Cregan claimed the try and Neil Burns converted. The game then moved from end to end before James Gamble scored to put the home side back in front. David Leyburn acted as provider but McIlwine miscued the conversion. The latter made amends 7 minutes later when he attacked from his own half before going all of 60 metres to score a try that he converted himself. That made it 19-7 before Cameron Steenson became the victim of a yellow card on the half hour. Still, Dungannon kept the pressure on with another lineout drive paving the way for Allister’s second try. With the score at 24-7 the whistle blew for half-time.
Derry were awarded several penalties at the start of the second half and within five minutes of the restart winger, Callum O’Hagan touched down for Burns to convert. Dungannon bounced back but a ‘knock on’ spoiled a chance following two 5 metre scrums. Come the 55th minute Allister completed his ‘hat trick’ with McIlwaine adding the extras. Dungannon looked comfortable at 31-14 before constant pressure on the Derry line saw Jonny Toal finish with a try on 62 minutes. Gallant Derry hit back with O’Hagan completing his brace and Alex McDonnell converting. Last say though went to Matthew Montgomery who danced through a rather bemused Derry defence.
Dungannon:- Harrison Dudley-Rode, Jonny Toal, Mark Faloon, Andrew Weir, Jordan McIlwaine, Adam Evans, Jack Ravey, Matthew Stockdale, Malcolm Allister, James Gamble, Lewis McCrabbe, Cameron Steenson, David Leyburn, Adam Milligan, Peter Doran, Jamie McNeill, Glenn Sinnamon, Stephen Todd, Matthew Montgomery, Andrew McGregor.
City of Derry:- Alex McDonnell, Callum O’Hagan, David Lapsley, Dennis Posternak, Jack Beattie, Neil Burns, Ricardo Schneider, Eoin Ferry, Cathal Cregan, Jack Sayers, Gerard Doherty, Jack Townley, John Carson, Tiernan Thornton, Stephen Kelly, Ross Harkin, James Hamilton, Barry Laverty, James Perry, Andrew Miller.
The full list of Senior League results is as follows:
Ballynahinch 28 Banbridge 34
Queens 25 Malone 13
Ballymena 7 Rainey 38
Dungannon 41 City of Derry 21
Omagh 26 Harlequins 0
Bangor 7 Armagh 50
Ballymoney III 36 Dungannon IV 35