Faloon guides Armagh to super Cup victory
A Kyle Faloon penalty right at the end gave Armagh III a 23-20 win over Dungannon IV in the Forster Cup at Stevenson Park. It was as closely contested as the scoreline suggests with the visitors just about deserving their success although they did start slight favourites being one division above their opponents in Junior 5.
Dungannon managed to persuade former First XV star John McGookin to come out of retirement and he made his presence felt with 15 points while young Faloon managed 18 for the visitors. Armagh had the better of the first half exchanges to lead 17-7, but then the game was rather subdued until the lively final quarter.
Faloon put his team ahead after ten minutes with a penalty before McGookin showed he had lost none of his old skills two minutes later. Forty metres out he found a gap and accelerated through to go in and add the conversion but then Armagh took control. Faloon crossed first followed by hooker Gareth Warnock and both were goaled.
"Armagh really looked good at that stage but we came back to level," said Dungannon manager Billy McKenzie. "Our second try came after a move broke down but McGookin managed to pick up and raced away to score. We then took advantage of their yellow card when winger Andrew Tate ran in after 65 minutes.
"The final 15 minutes was exciting as first of all we took the lead when a high tackle allowed McGookin to kick a penalty, but in the 77th minute it was the turn of Armagh to level with a neat Faloon drop goal. At that stage the tie could have gone either way put Faloon stamped his authority with the final penalty and the ref blew the final whistle," he added.