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Dungannon hit a high five to retain Schools' Trophy

By Ronnie Ingram

Dungannon Royal retained the Danske Bank Schools' Trophy with a five-try victory over Lurgan College at Banbridge Academy.

Lurgan coach Geoff Caldwell admitted his side gave away too many penalties.

He explained: "We tried hard but struggled up front, gave away too many penalties and were shown the yellow card on two occasions. It was tough going but we did dominate the proceedings for a time at the start of the second period.

"They played to their strengths and deserved their win but our young side, of which 11 will be back next year, never gave up.

"Matthew Laird worked hard and Thomas Neill tackled hard but I was proud of them all.

"Scott Wilson kicked our penalty and Robbie Norton converted out-half Johnny Hunter's try.

"The standard of rugby has been improving throughout the school and our seconds are still in the 2nd XV Cup."

Prop forward Jonathan Black put Dungannon ahead when he dummied and crashed over for out-half John Buckley to goal.

A drive from a line out resulted in replacement back row forward Matthew Clarke powering over for a second but Buckley's conversion attempt hit the post and that left the score 12-3 at the interval.

Dungannon coach Gareth McClintock said: "Our third try came when No 8 Peter Doran, who was always dangerous with ball in hand, broke from the back of a scrum and that was goaled before they came back at us with an intercept try.

"Johnny Black then charged over from short range and later a sweeping back move allowed full-back Aaron McCammond to make the extra man and score.

"We played our best in the final half-hour when out-half and captain John Buckley controlled play."

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