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Neill sets Portadown on their way

Portadown College 20 Wellington College 0

An early penalty set Portadown College up for a comfortable win over Wellington College.

The ball was kicked through and it was fumbled which led to the penalty which Matthew Neill converted.

It was a frustrating first half as both teams created scoring opportunities but the heavy conditions and slippy ball meant that there were far too many basic mistakes. Portadown increased their advantage just before the interval when the ball was kicked through and bounced perfectly for Neill to score and add the conversion.

In the closing minutes and following a pick and go flanker Scott McDowell barged over for the second try before the issue was sealed.

The final try came from a move down the right before the ball was quickly passed to the left where there was an overlap of four. Stewart Hodgen, who had contributed so much throughout, scored.

"We were unable to play the style of rugby we wanted to," stated home coach Andrew Symington. "I was disappointed with our first half effort."

"There was no game plan but we improved as the game progressed. We failed to take our chances but that was partly due to the stubborn defensive work of the opposition."

Wellington coach Peter Chambers thought the scoreline may have slightly flattered Portadown: "On the day they were the better team but that was one of our best efforts of the season. Nevertheless we trailed by only 10 points going into the final minutes when we had lost the services of Owen White, Marcus Smith and Luke Harris."

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