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Dungannon through as quick-fire blitz sees off Harlequins

By Ronnie Ingram

Dungannon, City of Derry and Banbridge all qualified for the second round of the First Trust Senior Cup but it was the tie at Stevenson Park that was the most appealing where Dungannon eliminated Belfast Harlequins thanks to a 25-5 win.

It took only four minutes for the hosts to take the lead when inter-passing resulted in Ali Birch scoring. Eight minutes later winger Chris Cochrane, making his first outing for the team this season, went in for the second. Directly from the restart Dungannon won possession which led to Cochrane scoring his second.

Eight minutes later Colin Gaston gathered and weaved through the defence for the fourth to give his team a 20-0 half time lead

In the first 10 minutes of the second period Quins came into the tie and Willie Stewart scored their only points. On 80 minutes the ball was popped out to Tim Smith at a ruck and he crashed over for another unconverted try.

Meanwhile, three tries from Rudi Moore helped City of Derry to a 69-8 win over Rainey at Judge's Road.

Derry, who led 24-3 at half-time, had other tries from Richard McCarter (2), who also kicked five conversions, Bob McKillop, Richard Baird, David Funston, David Witherow, Tom Patton and Stephen Duffy. Peter Henderson bagged two conversions.

Queen's disappointed again as they lost for the second successive week, going down 12-10 to Banbridge.

Their Director of Rugby Robbie Moore thought Banbridge were the better team.

“They had the wind in their favour in the second half and did not make so many fundamental mistakes.

“Unfortunately we didn't have a recognised kicker which could have had an influence on the outcome,” he commented.

In the only First Trust Senior League game played Ballynahinch moved ahead at the top of the table following a 55-5 victory over Ards at Ballymacarn Park.

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