- Malcolm Allister
- David Leyburn
- Adam Evans 3
Dungannon, for the third week running suffered a narrow defeat, this time against newly promoted Malahide at Stevenson Park on Saturday afternoon. Each side scored two tries but it was Dungannon who finished one point short in a 20-19 defeat. Two yellow cards for technical offences did not help the hosts while a Malahide lock was extremely lucky to avoid a card after being flagged up for a late tackle that left John Russell spread-eagled on the floor.
Conditions were good for running rugby and despite numerous errors the game proved to be an exciting contest. Following the late tackle on Russell, Dungannon opened the scoring with a penalty per Adam Evans on six minutes. Malahide bounced back and Adam Kennedy levelled in similar fashion on 10 minutes. Come the 15th minute Dungannon showed signs of taking control and with Stephen Todd and Peter Doran to the fore Malcolm Allister crashed over the line. Three minutes later Dungannon suffered a setback when Glenn Sinnamon was ‘binned’. Malahide tried hard to take advantage and did so just ahead of his return. Centre, Rory Kavanagh crossed the whitewash with Kennedy adding the extras to give the Dubliners a first time lead, 8-10. On the half hour Dungannon looked set to regain the lead but the move was pinged for a crossover. Malahide too had a chance but David Feenan was held up just short of the line as the whistle blew for half-time.
Malahide knocked on at the restart and an offside player gave Evans a simple penalty shot that put Gannon back in front at 11-10. Unlucky for the visitors perhaps, but they transgressed again when the ref spotted a lineout foul. Evans stepped up to the tee to make it 14-10. Just as in the first half when Gannon seemed to be going well Mark Faloon fell victim to another yellow card. Again the Dubliners lifted their game to score midway through the half when Bobby Holland touched down at the posts. Kennedy added the simple conversion to put Malahide back in front, 14-17. It was all to play for in the final quarter and when a rousing run down the middle by the Dungannon forwards Adam Milligan offloaded to David Leyburn for ‘try of the match’. Amazingly, Evans missed the simple conversion leaving Dungannon with a precarious 19-17 lead. Then came the ‘knock out punch’ when a simple penalty for Malahide saw Shane O’Brien pop the ball over the bar for the narrowest of wins. Andy Hughes and the players will not be pleased after 3 narrow defeats against Leinster opposition. That may change in November when Dungannon face 3 Connacht teams. Can the ‘blue and whites’ luck improve?
Dungannon:- Andrew McGregor, Jordan McIlwaine, Matthew Montgomery, Mark Faloon, Johnny Toal, Adam Evans, John Russell, Glen Sinnamon, Malcolm Allister, Sean O’Hagan, Stephen Todd, Peter Doran, David Leyburn, Adam Milligan, Alex Gormley, Daniel Maxwell, James Gamble, Lewis McCrabbe, Jack Ravey, Peter Cashel.
Malahide:- Gary Robb Daniel Hayes, Adam Kennedy, Rory Kavanagh, Oisin O’Meara, Shane O’Brien, Bobby Holland, Timothy Relihan, Damien Butler, Reece O’Connell, Robert Collins, David O’Brien, David Feenan, John Shine, Brendan Guilfoyle, Joe Boland, Michael Tyrrell, Sweeney Killian, Mark Synott, Michael McGrath