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RS Dungannon 7-17 RS Armagh

Armagh repeated their early season success in this battle of the Royals, but it took the last play of the game to put the result beyond Dungannon.

The visitors took the lead when Peter Wilson crashed over close to touch. Dungannon fought back sternly but the robust Armagh defence held firm before the home side finally broke through for a 7-5 interval advantage.

The score came after scrum-half Adam Evans picked the ball up and dummied his way over before adding the conversion.

Armagh's forwards had the edge in the second period and Glen Faloon ran in for his side's second try, which he also goaled.

With only a five-point advantage, the result was still uncertain but Armagh made sure right at the end when Nicholas Jennings made the line.

Armagh coach Willie Faloon felt it was an edgy affair. He said: "There were a lot of mistakes but I felt we played more rugby and probably deserved the win.

"Our No.8 Ryan O'Neill was strong and aggressive while centre Matthew Rainey defended well and had good hands."

Dungannon coach Gareth McClintock thought his team had reason to curse their luck. He said: "We were the better team in the third quarter but had no points to show for it.

"The last 10 minutes we were under pressure and did well not to concede penalties, although we did give away a soft try.

"Our centre partnership of Aaron Perry and Aaron McCammon did a lot of defending while up front No.8 Calvin Nelson, prop James Gamble and hooker Timothy Davidson were very noticeable."

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