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Lurgan need to step it up for future tests, says coach McCallan

Lurgan College 39 Strabane Academy0

It was a gallant effort from Strabane Academy but after holding Lurgan College to a 12-0 first-half lead, they wilted towards the close and ended up on the end of a 39-0 defeat.

It was a scrappy first half and Strabane were helped as the home team conceded a large number of penalties.

The first Lurgan try came following a simple move with Richard Hull cutting through and scoring without a hand being laid on him. Scott Wilson converted but it was only with five minutes remaining in the period that the home side made it 12-0 when Reuben McCreery crashed over from close range.

As the game progressed, the depleted visitors - who travelled with only 19 players - felt the effects and when McCreery bounced off a couple of defenders, a penalty ensued and Wilson was on target.

Lurgan then played some outstanding rugby and scrum-half Wilson snipped from a ruck to go under the posts and add the points.

The home side brought on Lewis Lawson at hooker and Ryan Emerson at prop and they made an immediate impact. Full-back Adam Harrison went in close to touch before Wilson added another try. Full-back Harrison scored the sixth.

Lurgan coach Kyle McCallan was not too happy with the first-half performance. He said: "Conditions were tough so it was difficult. Our support play improved and overall we did well but it will be tougher when we face my alma mater Ballyclare High in the next round."

Strabane coach Niall McDonnell said: "We played well to hold them for most of the first half. Later we were chasing the game and the more we tried the more gaps we left.

"I was proud of the boys. Alex Hume in the second row made tackles when it mattered, as did scrum-half Peter Kirk. The Mealiff brothers, Jordan at No.8 and Ralph at out-half, were outstanding, as was Gareth Glendinning in the centre."

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