Dalriada's sights on Kingspan after seeing off Bangor
Dalriada 17-5 Bangor GS
Unseeded Dalriada secured a dream trip to the Kingspan Stadium and a showdown with Campbell College a week today thanks to this impressive win over Bangor.
The Ballymoney team, under the coaching of the experienced Rab Gregg, did their homework and managed to stop Bangor playing their normal game.
'We controlled most of the tie and there were few times Bangor looked like scoring," said Gregg.
"We knew where their strength was and did well to eliminate the threats."
After 10 minutes the forwards set up the first try when hooker Jack Dowey barged over for Stewart Moore to convert.
These were the only points in the first half and a fair reflection of play as Bangor only had a five minute spell of real pressure.
Ten minutes into the second period Bangor did manage to reduce the arrears when a move started around the halfway and following numerous phases a pile of bodies crashed over.
But this was only a short interruption in Dalriada's dominance as they pulled ahead again after Moore kicked a penalty.
The home forwards were in control at this stage and following three phases second row Jack Horsbrough piled over the line and full-back Thomas Hunter added the points.
It was a well executed performance and Gregg was not surprised by the winning margin.
"I felt we controlled most of the tie and won a lot of line-out, especially at the start," he said.
"Jack Horsbrough put in a brilliant effort not only winning our line-out ball but occasionally stealing Bangor's.
"Flanker Matthew Kernohan ran himself into the ground and we had to replace him with 10 minutes remaining. Thomas Hunter at full-back also played well but it would be a surprise if he didn't as week after week he shows his skills," added Gregg.