Ballymena 2nds 68 Dungannon 2nds 0
Following the disappointing result in Enniskillen last week, Ballymena had an altogether easier assignment against a very poor Dungannon 2nd XV, scoring eleven tries without reply. It took only eight minutes for Ballymena to open the scoring with a Drysdale penalty, and from that point the game turned into a procession as the Ballymena backs outpaced and outthought their opposite numbers, scoring almost at will. With Drysdale orchestrating matters, moving the ball wide at every opportunity, the backs were able to take full advantage of their forwards’ superiority in avery facet of the game. First half tries were scored by No.8 Ben O’Ryan, Jonny Rosborough and Paul Rainey who twice was in support of Drysdale breaks to notch up two tries. Dungannon could offer nothing in response and found themselves trailing by 32 points t the break.
For fifteen minutes of the second half the visitors offered some kind of resistance, but when prop Da Mata crossed for a try after a powerful run by Chris Smyth, the floodgates opened once more. Having put thirty two points on the board in the first half, Ballymena repeated the dose in the second period, scoring thirty eight points without reply.The rest of the tries were scored by the backs, enjoying the freedom of the park afforded to them by a tiring Dungannon. Mike and Rory Smith, Alan Smyth,Jonny Rosborough and Paul Rainey all crossed for tries.To their credit, the Dungannon players stuck to their task for the full eighty minutes, but this was but a pale imitation of the powerful Dungannon second XVs that have visited Eaton Park over the years.
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