Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 April 2014

Rugby: Armagh avenge Enniskillen loss to stay on top

With a new sponsor on board Armagh avenged last season's defeat by Enniskillen to stay top of Qualifying One with a 38-7 victory at the Palace Grounds.





Armagh took control up front early on but couldn't make their dominance count as on several occasions the front row was penalised.



James Morton broke the deadlock as he powered the visiting half backs to go over from a line out with Johnny Steenson adding the conversion.



The home side scrum set up the second try as from five metres pivot Andy Winder darted over with Steenson converting.



Armagh's pack turned the screw and when they were awarded a penalty in front of the posts they opted for the scrum. Morton went over for his second try with the conversion giving the home side a 21-0 lead at the interval.



Enniskillen hit back after a handling error by the Armagh forwards led to a break away try.



From the kick off replacement lock Phil Hill powered over in the corner to give the home side a bonus point fourth try.



Replacement hooker Stephen Morton then scored to wrap up the victory.



Armagh travel to Lodge Road on Saturday to face Coleraine in what should be a huge forward orientated contest.



The Bannsiders slipped to a disappointing 33-18 defeat at Portadown despite scoring three tries.



Winger Colin Mcnay went over on 30 minutes and late scores from Aaron Rankin and Nigel Hall couldn't prevent Coleraine leaving Chambers Park empty handed.



Ballymoney ran out 21-0 winners against local rivals Limavady.



James Clelland landed an early penalty for the home side before Andrew Surgeoner crashed over for a converted try to give his side a 10-0 lead.



Out-half Martin Irwin put Chris Clark over in the corner for an unconverted try and two penalties by Clelland closed out the game but it will be tougher for Ballymoney as they face Portadown on Saturday.



Dromore, boosting new Kiwi out-half Dallas Hamilton, took a maximum five points from their trip to Omagh.



John Clarke, Johnny Penny, Nigel Johnston and John Tate got the tries with Hamilton adding 10 points with the boot.



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