There was a rugged Crawford Cup tie at Stevenson Park on Saturday afternoon as both Dungannon and Ballymoney fought it out for a place in the semi-final. With defences at a premium and the 2 sides cancelling each other out it was a try towards the end of each half that gave the honours to the visitors. They are one section above Dungannon in the provincial league and certainly deserved their place in the semis.
Ballymoney looked a lively side from the first whistle but it took them all of 35 minutes to make the breakthrough, fullback and skipper, Simon McCrea (brother of Dungannon’s Gareth) getting the vital first score. Andrew Young added the conversion and ‘Money led 7-0 at the break.
Dungannon needed to get back on terms but it was Ballymoney who started on top with David Rea held up on the line. Dungannon, who were prominent in the set pieces earned a penalty and the danger was cleared. At the other end Andrew Mills made a notable break that earned a penalty. However, a lineout was lost and the chance went with it. Five minutes from time the issue was sealed when Lewis Wray crossed the line to make it 12-0.
DungannonTeam:- Robert McLean, Andrew Lee, Andrew Mills, Aaron Perry, Matthew Smyth, Matthew Rodgers, Adam Cranston, Steven Gavin, Josh Mens, Cathal Mallon, Arek Mikolajczyk, Stephen Donaghy, Joseph Cashel, Adam Roche, Alan Cummings, Dans Gulbis, Cameron Mullan.