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Down rout leaves Lurgan wondering what went wrong

Lurgan College 3 Down High 44

By Staff Reporter

Down High were the better team but whether their performance was 41 points superior is debatable, but they grabbed a fourth round spot and a visit to Sullivan Upper in a fortnight.

Lurgan College under Kyle McCallan had been having a reasonable season and they did well to hold their opponents to an 8-3 halftime lead.

But once Down settled their confidence grew and they ended up with a further four tries.

Gregory Hutley kicked Down into the lead with a penalty and moved the ball well before Ronan Patterson swent over too.

But there was a boost for Lurgan as Jack Maxwell was on target with a penalty. Then disaster struck. Patterson gathered a high kick and made ground before off-loading to Robin Wilson who ran in to make it 13-3.

Down second row forwards Callum Dunn and Stewart Campbell had strong carries and created space for Andrew McCoubrey to score another converted try.

The visitors were taking the ball back and forth across the park before Hutley added another penalty. More attacking rugby followed and a goaled second Wilson try made it 30-3.

Martin Rodgers and Harris McConnell combined before Patterson weaved through the opposition to run away and touch down for his second. The final try came after a turnover when Ulster Schools' under 18 Wilson went in under the posts for his third for Hutley to again goal.

Down coach John Gunson said: "Our players gave their best and we used all the 'bench'. I thought Lewis Finlay at scrum-half distributed very well and his kicking from hand was accurate and made a lot of ground. Full-back Jack Carlisle also excelled."

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