RS Dungannon 45 Carrickfergus GS 10
A dominant second half display from Royal School Dungannon saw them overwhelm Carrickfergus Grammar in the first round of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup winning 45-10.
Having built up a 12-10 lead at the end of the first half Dungannon enjoyed a try fest in the second half.
Ten minutes into the game a great break from Aaron Perry was carried on and finished off by Matthew Smyth who ran in for an unconverted try to give Dungannon a 5-0 lead.
The Tyrone boys continued to control the game but small errors proved costly. Carrickfergus displayed great commitment in defence at this stage of the game and when they turned over Dungannon possession and broke out of defence it led to a score.
The break ended with Fionn McCormack crossing for a try, which he also converted and the visitors were 7-5 ahead.
Further good pressure from Carrick forced a penalty and McCormack stroke it through the poles for a 10-5 lead.
In the closing stages of the first half Joseph Cashel capitalised on some Carrickfergus handling errors. He ran in for a try, which Aaron Nimmons converted, to swing the lead to Dungannon’s favour at the break, 12-10.
Dungannon tarted the second half in a composed fashion. They scored two early tries through Adam Cranston and James Gamble both being run in from close range. Nimmons added one conversion for a 24-10 lead.
Calvin Nelson then took advantage of a well-organised driven maul from outside the Carrick 22m line to touch down for a try. Adam Perry added the extras to increase the lead to 31-10.
The home team now grew in confidence with Peter Doran, David Cooper, Matthew Stockdale, Josh Patton and Nicholas Graham continually testing a determined Carrick defence with their strong carries and elusive running.
The Dungannon forwards made good ground with the ball in hand and took play close to the Carrick 22m line. Quick release of the ball put Perry into space and he displayed some clever footwork to finish off with a try, which he converted, to make it 38-10.
Angus Mok then took advantage of a charged down clearance kick to score the seventh try of the game. Perry added the conversion to complete the scoring.
Dungannon will face a stiff test in the second round when they travel to play Ballyclare High on Saturday, January 23.
For Carrick, the Schools’ Trophy quarter-finals will see them involved in a derby game against Larne Grammar.