BANN FIFTHS 18 BALLYNAHINCH SEVENTHS 0
Bann’s dominance of the opening quarter hour of this league game owed much to their superior scrummaging power. Strong carries from Nathan Martin allowed them to set up camp near the Ballynahinch line but just when a score seemed inevitable Bann were penalised and the visitors were able to clear their lines.
Both sets of backs struggled in the poor conditions and there were a lot of handling errors. Jordan Mullan eventually scored a penalty to put Bann three points up shortly before half time. ‘Hinch immediately came back fighting and only for a try saving tackle from Declan Maley they would have finished the half in the lead.
Scrum half Andy Cowan grabbed the first try of the game early in the second half and with Mullan converting the scoreline began to reflect the home side’s territorial edge.
‘Hinch were still competing strongly but PJ McNally’s try put the game out of their reach.
Bann’s superior fitness was an important factor in the final quarter especially with young prop John Wilson and flanker Jonny McIntosh showing up particularly well in the loose. Mullan’s second penalty put the seal on a convincing win for the Rifle Park side.