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Stability proves key ingredient for Dungannon

By Ronnie Ingram

Dungannon IV have had their problems this season, but not on Saturday when they recorded a 30-5 win over Lurgan II in Junior Five.

The Stevenson Park team, being the most Junior, have been at the beck and call of all the others but showed that they can produce the goods if they are able to field their strongest team.

"Our problem has not being able to field a settled team from week to week which is usually due to injuries and unavailabilities further up the club," commented manager Ally Moore.

"We have a few experienced players in centre Jonny Smith, hooker Jeremy Baird, scrum-half Julian Knipe and Ross Devlin and they are the basis of the team."

Smith put his team in front after only five minutes when the forwards made ground and he took a good line to go in beside the posts.

The conversion, like all six, was missed in the very difficult kicking conditions.

Baird was next to cross six minutes later after a rolling maul and then Lurgan put up some stout opposition and managed to hold out for the next 15 minutes.

Then from a penalty close to the line, No 8 Timothy Peyton crashed over.

Lurgan had created a few scoring opportunities in this period, but mistakes in the terrible conditions meant that the home team turned round 15 points ahead.

"Ten minutes into the second half and quick possession from a ruck resulted in the ball going through a number of hands before full-back Richard Wright crossed in the corner. A rolling maul from a line-out saw prop Zac Farrell add a fifth and then we had Nui Wharawhara binned," Moore stated.

Lurgan took advantage of the resultant penalty and Chris Cassidy managed to score their only points of the afternoon.

Fifteen minutes later, Mark Wright stole Lurgan's line-out ball for Baird to add his second and his team's sixth.

Moore was naturally very pleased with the result.

He said: "It was a good contest despite the weather and we adapted well.

"It was our first outing for a number of weeks and a great team effort.

Everybody got stuck in and in view of that there was no Man of the Match award this week."

This was the only fixture played in the Junior leagues.

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