Dungannon scored first from a kick over by Cormac that Clogher failed to deal with. Jamie Gildernew reacted the quickest by getting in a tackle before Clogher could clear the danger and good counter rucking by Ben Hughes and Michael O’Neill turned them over. Dungannon went through a series of pick and drives led by Reuben Kelly and Brooklyn Fletcher with support from Hayden, Daniel, Senan, Samuel, Adam and Jamie rucking hard to keep Clogher’s hands at bay.
This hard fought, go forward ball was eventually finished off by Senan Nugent crashing over in the corner. At 5-0, Cormac kicked the difficulty and tight angled conversion but sent the ball wide of the uprights.
Shortly after the restart, Clogher’s no 12 crashed through a number of missed tackles until Sheehan Fay finally brought him down on our 5m line but Clogher’s support was up quicker than our defence and a quick recycle of the ball saw their second row Lock crashing over the whitewash to level the score 5-5, (conversion missed).
In the second half Dungannon brought on replacements Jake and Eoghan for Hayden and Mathew and changed the set up by moving Sheehan to the wing, Adam to fullback and Reuben to flanker. This seemed to have an immediate impact as Dungannon began to camp out in the Clogher half running attack after attack mainly led by Ben Hughes who fought hard for every yard until Clogher’s defensive line finally cracked when from 5m out, Sam Taylor exploited a lack of guards around a ruck that left a gap to run through and score in the corner. At 10-5 another difficult conversion was missed and a short time later the game ended 10-5
For those parents who watched this game, I’m sure they would agree that this was a hard fought encounter that went right down to the wire, having said that, Jamie, Reuben, Michael, Sheehan, Mathew and Joey Clarke put in some incredible tackles and Brooklyn was outstanding in attack as he left opposition bodies in his wake as he trucked the ball up the field. Jake, Senan, Hayden, Eoghan, Samuel and Daniel Kelso put in an honest shift and Sam and Cormac controlled the game well but Man of the Match on this occasion was, by unanimous decision Ben Hughes. Ben put in an outstanding shift today, he cleaned out ruck after ruck, busted tackle after tackle and made yard after yard just by picking up the ball and taking it on himself. This is the kind of go forward attitude that inspires a team and wins games.