This was Dungannon’s first trip to play Sligo in the All Ireland League. The visitors started brightly going 8 points ahead in the opening quarter before the newly promoted Connacht team hit back. By the closing stages they led 33-20 before Dungannon scored a fourth bonus point try the conversion of which would have gained a losing bonus as well but the difficult kick failed.
Sligo started well but it was Dungannon who recorded the first points when Matthew Montgomery found space midfield as he streaked away on 7 minutes. The conversion was missed by Lucca Avelli but the same player made amends on 15 minutes when he stroked over a penalty to make it 0-8. If the first quarter belonged to Dungannon it was Sligo who dominated the second. A good run per Shane Boyle and an offload to Ryan Feehily saw the latter crash over for Niall Gray to convert. Sligo kept the momentum going before former age group player, Kuba Wojtkowicz sent hooker Shane O’Hehir over the line to give the hosts a first time lead. Gray converted to make it 14-8. On the half hour the talented Fifita made space for Calvin Goddard to score Sligo’s third. However, last say of the opening half went to Dungannon when, following a drive Daniel Maxwell dived over for Avelli to convert and the score stood 19-15 at the break.
Dungannon attacked from restart with Mervyn Brown and Guilhem Lopez to the fore. That led to a scrum close to the line. The Sligo defence held but a home player was yellow carded. Dungannon then took advantage and Lopez dived over on 50 minutes. The lead was short-lived however as a turnover saw skipper, Feehily dart over for Gray to convert. Dungannon launched another assault before Sligo sealed the issue on 68 minutes. Wojtkowicz claimed the try and Gray converted to make it 33-20. Final say and a precious bonus point went to Dungannon when Sean O’Hagan forced his way over to complete the scoring at 33-25.
Dungannon Team:- J Russell, M Montgomery, M Brown, L avelli, J Toal, J Buckley, J Ravey, G Sinnamon, D Maxwell, S O’Hagan, P Doran, G Lopez, M Riddell, D Leyburn, J Mau’u, J McNeill, R Stewart, S Todd, A Gormley, C Milnes.