Liggett stunner as Thirds hit seventh heaven

Frank and Ursuala Fay, Patrick and Cabrini O'Loughlin with Johnny Fay. TT45-269MC.
Frank and Ursuala Fay, Patrick and Cabrini O'Loughlin with Johnny Fay. TT45-269MC.

Dungannon III 48 Banbridge III 14

Dungannon Thirds garnered a useful brace of Junior League points with a convincing win over Banbridge at Stevenson Park on Saturday.

Dungannon applied early pressure and built up a notable 19-0 lead by the 20th minute. First it was Jonny Toal on 5 minutes following an amazing break by Lorcan Martin. Adam Lockhart claimed the second on 10 minutes after a Liam Currie break. Gareth McMullan added the extras.

Midway through the half Martin raced 40 metres to make it 19-0. Some indiscipline in the Dungannon ranks allowed Banbridge to bounce back with a converted try from prop, Barney McAbbott on 25 minutes. Two minutes later the 19 point margin was restored when Ben Kennedy touched down for McMullan to convert.

Dungannon then moved further ahead when Martin poached a Banbridge throw for Declan Treanor to score from the drive. Just before the break Mark McFarland was yellow carded and Bann took advantage with hooker, Ryan Ringland crashing over for a converted try to leave the score at 31-14.

The second half was a rather scrappy affair with the scoreboard standing idle until the hour mark. Stephen Liggett then lit up the scene with a breakaway try. Five minutes later Jordan Patterson broke clear to score Dungannon’s seventh and when McMullan added the conversion the home side were out of sight at 43-14. The game ended as it had started with Toal racing through to complete the tally at 48-14.

Dungannon III: Chris Blair, Jonny Toal, Jordan Patterson, Stephen Liggett, Gareth McMullan, Ben Kennedy, Richard Wright, Adam Lockhart, Kirby Hamilton, Liam Currie, Lorcan Martin, Fergal Mallon, Declan Treanor, Mark McFarland, Andrew Caddoo.


UCD v Dungannon

Randalstown v Dungannon II

Dungannon III v Ballymoney II

Dungannon IV v Academy II

With the Autumn Internationals now over it is back to a full domestic programme next week. The last round of All Ireland League matches before Christmas takes place on Saturday and Dungannon need a boost. Paddy Johns wants to see his team bounce back following the late defeat against Blackrock. Playing UCD in Dublin will not be easy but if Dungannon want to move up the table a win is essential. The Seconds travel to play Randalstown in the Conference League while the Thirds and Fourths host Ballymoney II and Academy II respectively.

Well done to Dungannon winger, Craig Gilroy who scored a superb try in his international debut for Ireland. Argentina were well beaten in Dublin and Gilroy certainly made his presence felt. Ulster gained a narrow one point win in Italy with Dungannon fullback, Peter Nelson scoring the only try of the game.

Tickets are now available for the Ulster Clubs draw promoted by the IRFU in conjunction with the Donnelly Group. Numerous prizes are on offer and the jackpot is a brand new car. All you have to do is submit the best Ulster team of the professional era.

Club president, George Gallagher has received hundreds of plaudits since his well publicised skydive last weekend. All those with sponsor sheets should return them as soon as possible.

The Latecomers finished top at the Table Quiz last week but the real winner was the Barnados Charity who made over £500. A word of praise for all those supported the event including quizmaster Kieran and his wife, Martina. This Thursday the Quiz is in aid of the NSPCC.

It was with sadness that the Club learned of the passing of lifelong member, Johnny Fay (pictured below) at the weekend. Johnny was a player in his youth before becoming a popular supporter of Dungannon Rugby. Deepest sympathy is extended to his partner, Mary and the wider family circle.