BANN U-18s 51 MONAGHAN U-18s 7
Bann’s Under-18 side recorded their third league win on the trot when they overcame the challenge of Monaghan last Saturday morning.
The visitors travelled a man short but it is doubtful if they would have been able to compete with the home side even with a full complement. Bann opened the scoring after 10 minutes, with skipper Matty Shirlow finishing off after his pack had done the spadework.
Strong runs from Jordan Pickering and Allister McDowell put the home side in a strong attacking position and after the ball had been moved along the threequarters Robin Hewitt finished from close range.
Hewitt fielded the re-start and the direct running of out-half Harry Proctor made the space for left winger Ben Smith to go in from 35 metres’ range. Proctor’s well-placed grubber was picked up by Smith and his neat draw and pass gave centre Ben Jameson an easy run-in for the fourth try.
Monaghan’s only points came 27 minutes into the game when an intercepted pass was collected and run in from 40 metres, with the extras added off the tee for a 20-7 interval scoreline.
But that proved to be the only respite for the visitors as Bann ran in five second half tries. Sinton covered 40 metres to dot down at the posts, with Jameson adding the conversion, before Proctor charged down an attempted clearance for the sixth try.
Pickering’ direct running was again instrumental in Proctor’s second try, converted by Jameson, and the centre again found the mark off the tee after Sinton had grabbed his second off a 60 metre run in which he out-paced three defenders.
Full-back Pickering ran an attempted clearance back at the visitors and after the ball had gone through several pairs of hands Sinton finished off an impressive hat-trick to complete the scoring.