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Dungannon have little bit extra for final push

By Michael Sadlier

It had to go to extra-time, but Dungannon still managed to seal a place in the All-Ireland Cup final against Bruff after their 16-13 win over Corinthians at a weather-beaten Stevenson Park.



Michael Lawton’s penalty sealed the deal for ‘Gannon after a fraught affair which had seen Lawton already kick two penalties and convert Chris Cochrane’s late try.

Corinthians had led 10-3 at the break and with only seven minutes of normal time remaining they were still 13-6 in front, but then Ryan Caldwell and Kieran Campbell pounced on a spilled ball to send Cochrane over.

Lawton’s conversion tied the scores, which took the tie into extra-time and then he stepped up again to nail the winner and give ‘Gannon a chance of more silverware.

Meanwhile, in the Ulster Senior League, Queen’s University got the better of Ballymena at the Dub with the students managing a bonus point in their 39-19 win over Ballymena.

The home side scored six tries with winger Michael McCauley bagging a hat-trick while Ulster player David McIlwaine crossed the Ballymena line twice and out half Michael Pyper made it over for one score.

The remainder of the students’ total was made up by Chris Quinn, who ended the afternoon with nine points from three conversions and a penalty.

As for Ballymena, they had trailed 17-0 at half-time, but fought back with two tries from John Burns and an interception score from Tommy Seymour while John Semple converted two from three.

Elsewhere, Malone just shaded proceedings at Ards with an 18-17 win. Two tries from Shane Kelly and one from John Ogilvy along with a Josh Pentland penalty proved to be just enough against Ards tries’ from Scott Young, Conor Pyper and one try and conversion from Jason Morgan.

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