- Jonah Mau'u
- Duran Krummeck
- Chris Squish
- Paul Armstrong 2
As with last Saturday’s SONI Ulster League this First Trust Senor Cup encounter at Upper Malone was a competitive entertaining game. Dungannon took a lead into the second half but Queen’s came back and there was only one score in it at the end.
Dungannon kicked off and a move involving McGregor, Brown, Armstrong and O’Hagan almost breached the students defence. Queen’s recovered and pressed but Duran Krummeck cleared the Dungannon lines. The game ebbed and flowed with Queen’s having the better of possession and territory. Just before halftime a determined run by Willie Graham created a hole in the QUB defence. The move was carried on by Jonah Mau’u and when the ball was moved wide Paul Armstrong forced his way over in the corner for a try on thirty-eight minutes.
0 – 5
Just after the restart a fine run by Mervyn Brown brought play into the QUB half, the recycled ball was gathered by Jonah Mau’u who beat a man and sprinted away from the ten metre line to score between the posts. Chris Squash converted in injury time.
0 – 12
Prior to the half time whistle Richie McMaster went close with a long range penalty for Queen’s.
Dungannon started the second half on the front foot and following a searing run by Mervyn Brown that brought play into the Queen’s twenty-two Paul Armstrong hacked on and the quick thinking Duran was on hand to control the bouncing ball for a try after fifty minutes.
0 – 17
Queen’s upped their game and pressured Dungannon. Following a lineout on their line Dungannon were forced into a mistake as they tried to run the ball out of defence. A pass went astray and the ball was collected by a Queen’s player allowing Gerard Treanor to race over for his second try in consecutive weeks against his former club. McMaster converted on fifty-five minutes.
7 – 17
Some clever work from QUB scrum half Creighton saw Rodney Bennett get a ten minute break before Armstrong and McMaster exchanged penalties.
10 – 20
Around the seventy minute mark we saw the try of the match; Queen’s fullback John Milligan, gained possession on halfway, stepped three or four players, raced through and outpaced the remnants of the Gannon defence to score a cracking try in the corner.
15 – 17
This was now a one score game and when Gannon lost Stephen Todd for a high tackle Queen’s tried to take full advantage of the one man advantage.
The Dungannon defence held although we witnessed one of the most puzzling decisions witnessed on a rugby pitch. When Gannon were awarded a penalty on the QUB ten metre line rather than take a kick to touch or a pot at the posts a scrum was chosen. A post match inquest yielded no culprit.
An excellent game and a good result for Dungannon. The new recruits got game time on the pitch with the 9, 10 and 12 playing together for the first time and the back three working as a cohesive unit. Another step in the AIL preparations of Andrew Hughes and Seamus Mallon.
Team: Andrew McGregor. Andrew McPhillips, Paul Armstrong, Chris Squash, Mervyn Brown. Duran Krummeck, John Russell. Glen Sinnamon, Malcolm Allister, Sean O’Hagan. Stephen Todd, Matthew Calvert. David Leyburn, Mark Riddell, Jonah Mau’u. Daniel Maxwell, Rodney Bennett, William Graham, Seamus Mallon, Jack Ravey.
QUB: J Milligan. G Treanor, E Shaw, C Shiells, C Jennings. R McMaster, J Creighton. J Blacks, D Swan, N Woods, D Whitten, A Burke, N Simpson, J Lees, G Dillon. A Lupari, A Clingan, M Campbell, J Fullerton, R Bell.
Referee: Jonny Wilson