Good trip to the seaside for Dromore

DROMORE travelled to the seaside on Saturday last to take on Donaghadee in a Qualifying League 1 fixture.

Dromore kicked off and had the early pressure before Ryan Cobb put them 3-0 up with a neat penalty.

A quick reply from Donaghadee saw a kick and chase result in a converted try.

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Dromore kicked to the corners and used their superiority in the lineouts to good effect before their strong driving maul saw Adam McGregor slip over, Cobb converted restoring Dromore’s lead to 10 - 7.

Both sides continued to create opportunities, and Dinaghadee levelled the scores with a fine penalty.

On the stroke of half time Dromore set up another driving maul, they surged toward the try line and incredibly Adam McGregor mistook the five metre line for the try line and thought he had scored only to be reminded by his team that he was five meters short. Donaghadee cleared the danger and left Dromore thinking they had squandered a great chance.

Donaghadee certainly started the second half with confidence, but the Dromore side are starting to show a real grit in defence and broke up their attacks at every opportunity.

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A superb training park routine saw Dromore take the lead again through their top try scorer Chris Jenks, who finished of a fine backs move following a good surge by Pepper from the base of a scrum.

The scene was now set for a finale, and Donaghadee looked to attack at every phase. A harsh sin binning of Andrew Black helped them create an overlap and score, and convert to take the lead 17-15.

With five minutes remaining they thought the home win was secure but Dromore showed great belief and put pressure on the Donaghadee side, forcing a mistake by to their scrum half, who’s pass was intercepted by Lee Steenson who scampered in for the winning try, a late penalty attempt by Donaghadee was wide and Dromore were happy to take the win.

Head Coach Dewet Bekker was both relieved and happy after the match.

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“I am so happy that the boys ground out an away win today, but also concerned with how hard we made it for ourselves at times,” he said.

“We are improving week on week and that today was a massive step in our development as a team. We now have a week without a match and will be working very hard on our fitness and game plan.”

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