Dungannon started well but failed to register points and when Queens settled their right winger, Josh Rawlinson dotted down twice. James Creighton sliced both conversions but the students were more than happy to go 10 points clear at the end of the opening quarter. Dungannon battled to get back in the game but the visitors defence held out. The hosts’ attempt to go for an intercept failed when Queens left winger, Chris Jennings raced clear to make it 0-15 on 27 minutes. It was not looking good for Gannon especially when hooker, Daniel Mikolajczyk was forced off for running repairs. That said, Dungannon moved forward with intent for Joseph Cashel to cross the line on 38 minutes. Conor Milnes added the extras and the score stood 7-15 at the break.
Dungannon made it a bright start to the latter half but suffered a setback when out-half, Connor McGeough was yellow carded after setting up the home back line. Two minutes later, Queens poached a Gannon lineout and Matthew Pentland raced in unopposed on 52 minutes. So far so good for the students but they too went down to 14 men as the ref issued another yellow card to Martin Withers. Dungannon were able to take advantage with the forwards going well for Ross Stewart to crash over to make it 12-20. The same player added a second try on 72 minutes to leave it 17-20. Alas for Gannon, the yellow card fever continued and the hosts had to finish with 14 men when Jonny Toal was ‘sin binned’. Touchline discussion on the use of cards continued when a Queens player was high tackled and no penalty ensued. However, the students did seal the issue with a late try per Matthew Millar and that robbed Dungannon of a losing bonus point. The late rally did not pay off.
Dungannon:- Rob McLean, Caolan Mulgrew, Peter Cashel, Ben Nicholl, Jonny Toal, Connor McGeogh, Conor Milnes, Adam Clarke, Daniel Mikolajczyk, Matthew Stockdale, Ross Stewart, Joseph Cashel, Adam Roche, Adam Milligan, Lewis McCrabbe, Andrew Lee.