Dungannon Royal School are through to the 4th round of the Schools Cup following this barn storming performance at the Armstrong Field on Saturday morning. The weather did not dampen the spirits as Mums, Dads and even grandparents assembled to watch their heroic offspring. RSD fielded with playmaker and skipper, Luke McMullan on the bench, as he carried an injury. The captain on the day was centre, Lewis Connolly and top marksman was Jack Girvan with a personal tally of 18 points.
Larne’s kick off did not go the required 10 metres and RSD made good use of the set scrum when Peter Nicholl picked up to take the ball deep into the opponents half. Conceding penalties was a problem but a well taken lineout had the home pack buzzing once more as Curtis Watt made ground following Logan McIlravie’s take. At the try line prop, Josh Clarke was held up before the resultant scrum allowed RSD to use with blind side with Girvan diving over in the corner on 12 minutes. The conversion was missed but the start was perfect. In a sense Larne were glad of the chance to get back to the halfway line. After the restart the Dungannon pack worked their way back inside the Larne 22 where tighthead, Adam McFarland made the hard yards for the industrious McIlravie to finish the move with a try midway through the half. Again, the conversion was missed but RSD looked good at 10-0. The visitors now settled and the gain line battle developed as they used their pack to make ground. That said, the RSD back row were stubborn in defence and Larne were denied despite a competitive finish to the opening half.
The second half had scarcely started when a short pass to Lewis Connolly saw him open up the Larne defence. Closer to the line he offloaded for Girvan to complete his brace at the posts. The latter converted and RSD cruised at 17-0. Gallant Larne now had much to do as they fought back. A kick ahead proved harmless as it ricocheted into touch. A chip ahead by the Larne fullback was charged down by Jonny McCammon as RSD pinned the visitors back. Midway through the half Larne tried a run on the right flank but a fumble allowed the alert Adam Junk to kick the ball through and put himself on the scoresheet. Girvan found his kicking boots to add a good conversion and RSD led 24-0 with just 15 minutes left on the clock. Larne were awarded several penalties in the closing stages but could not break down a solid Dungannon defence. In the end RSD added two converted tries. First up it was winger Jake Bell before Nicholl burst through to score RSD’s sixth and final try deep in added time. Both were converted by Girvan and the game ended 38-0. RSD now eagerly await the draw. Despite the weather this was a great effort by the RSD boys. Coaches, Gareth McClintock, Gareth Lucas and Richard Chambers certainly had the squad well prepared.
RSD Team:- Jonny McCammon, Jake Bell, Jordan Redmond, Lewis Connolly, Charlie Conroy, Jack Girvan, Adam Junk, Joshua Clarke, Curtis Watt, Adam McFarland, Logan McIlravie, Louis Johnston, Peter Busby, Matthew Watt, Peter Nicholl, Adam McNally, Stephen Black, Scott Fegan, Ben Kelly, Luke McMullan, Joshua Pinkerton, Nathan Shaw, Josh Clark.