City of Armagh Seconds played Dungannon seconds in the return league match on Saturday. A comfortable win in the home fixture was not to be repeated in Dungannon.
From the kick off the Armagh forwards were caught ball watching with a home forward snapping up possession on the “floor”. This set the home backs in motion with play continuing with a Dungannon lineout at the Armagh 5 metre line. After a clean catch and drive, a home second row forward touched down in the corner for an unconverted try, 5-0 to Dungannon after 2 minutes play.
Prompted by the coach, Armagh reorganised and took play into the home half for a period where after 20 minutes Paul Campbell drove through the centre and off loaded to Jonny Clarke to touch down at the posts. With the conversion by Kyle Faloon, Armagh led 7-5. With a penalty added shortly after, the half time score was 10-5 to Armagh. On the resumption, Armagh had hoped to kick on and create a more comfortable margin between the two teams, however line breaks by Mattie Allen and Robbie Faloon were halted by good home defence.
Dungannon upped the ante by starting to dominate the scrums and with clean lineout possession on the half way line, they levelled the game with a try at the corner flag, 10-10. With 10 minutes remaining to win the game, the Armagh forwards led by Magillan, Kneebone and McNeice took play up to the home line. Several pick and drives later, another mistake gave Dungannon an opportunity to clear their line.
Fullback Robbie Faloon again brought play into the home 22 and an infringement by a Dungannon forward led to a penalty in front of the posts which was gratefully accepted by Kyle Faloon. At 13-10 to Armagh, the final whistle sounded with play on the half way line.
Photo Credits: Ken Redpath