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Davison unstoppable as Portadown College win

Carrickfergus GS 12 Portadown College 30: Improving Portadown College reversed an early season defeat to Carrick to earn a second round tie at Dalriada.

Niall Davison kicked Portadown in front with a penalty after eight minutes but the crucial, controversial score came next.

Davison kicked through but the ball appeared to be to be touched down behind the line by a defender. For some reason he just left the ball and as the players were walking back to the '22' the referee called that the ball was still in play so Jason Lau touched it down and a try was given to put the visitors ten points in front after Davison converted.

This set the home team back and another Davison penalty increased the lead but but Carrick came back when Adam Fittis found a gap and darted through to score for David Carse to convert to make the half-time score 7-13.

Carrick then lost the services of their influential forward Kris Berry, but Davison still held centre stage as he added another penalty before crossing for the best try, which he also goaled. He chipped over, regathered and ran it but was held up. However, from the scrum he was there to dive over to make it 23-7.

Despite the deficit Carrick never gave up and took advantage of some lacklustre Portadown tackling to be rewarded with another try. There was a pile up close to the Portadown line and scrum-half Michael Black picked up and went over.

Portadown had the last say when possession from a line-out led to the ball being spread wide for winger Henry Clarke to score; Davison then made it six out of six.

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