League leaders, Greystones dropped in at Stevenson Park on Saturday and there was drama in the opening minute when out-half, Matt O’Brien darted down the right flank only to lose control of the ball. Dungannon were more than a little relieved before bouncing back to shock the Wicklow men with a try on 5 minutes. Harrison Dudley-Rode touched down to give the hosts a 5 point lead. ‘Stones hit back but a kick through saw the ball go ‘dead’. For Dungannon it was a decent enough start but misfortune struck with Mark Faloon forced off due to injury. He was replaced by the experienced Gareth McGonigle. Midway through the half the visitors reduced the deficit with an Andrew Kealy penalty. Greystones then moved ahead in the second quarter with a try from Ronan Mannion after the ‘Stones pack battered the Dungannon line for a full 5 minutes. Kealy added the extras. Come 35 minutes O’Brien redeemed himself when he darted in to make it 5-15. More ‘Stones pressure ensued after Dungannon lost Alex Gormley to a harsh ‘yellow card’. Greystones tried hard to take advantage of 14 man Dungannon but good defensive work per Leyburn, Milligan and Nelson kept them at bay. That said the Wicklow men made the third quarter count with converted tries courtesy of Killian Marmion and Adam Benson. That left the Leinster men coasting at 5-29. Going into the final quarter Ferdia Kenny, former Irish sprint champion, scored ‘try of the match’ when he zig-zagged through the Dungannon defence for Kealy to convert. Dungannon hit back and scored a breakaway try per Gormley and that was converted by Jordan McIlwaine. O’Brien completed his brace with a converted try on 70 minutes but Dungannon showed great guts in a final flurry when they were robbed of a score by a deliberate ‘knock on’. An outbreak of ‘yellow card fever’ did not please Greystones either who finished worthy winners with just 13 men!
Dungannon:- Andrew McGregor, Harrison Dudley-Rode, Peter Cashel, Mark Faloon, Jordan McIlwaine, Adam Evans, John Russell, Glenn Sinnamon, Daniel Maxwell, Sean O’Hagan, Alex Gormley, Cameron Steenson, David Leyburn, Adam Milligan, Calvin Nelson, Malcolm Allister, James Gamble, Jonny Toal, Gareth McGonigle, Daniel Mikolajczyk.
Greystones:- Andrew Kealy, Ferdia Kenny, Congall Callan, Jason Curran, Padraig Geoghegan, Matt O’Brien, Killian Marmion, Daniel Norse, Darragh Higgins, Conor Pearse, John Campbell, Barry Treanor, Adam Benson, Cormac O’Donoghue, Ronan Mannion, Allan Symes, Jack Dooley, Ben Carolan, Mark Myler, James Quinlan.