LURGAN SECONDS 12. BANN FIFTHS 12
Bann started well with strong running from Scott Jardine and Andy Davidson. Although the Bann pack dominated at the set piece for much of the first half, Bann’s efforts to get over the try line were frustrated by a stubborn Lurgan defence.
Eventually Davidson made the breakthrough to give the visitors a 0-5 interval lead.
That lead became 0-12 early in the second half after Jardine burst through the defensive line to score a try which he then converted.
Bann lost control and discipline over the next 25 minutes and Lurgan made them pay the price with two tries and a conversion to level the score. When the visitors regained control Brian O’Shaughnessy was unlucky with a clever kick and chase down the line which was halted a few metres out. And a final opportunity to get the win from a challenging penalty kick saw the effort just drift wide.
Man-of-the-match was the outstanding James Pratt, making his club debut at flanker. The ‘Mighties’ are unlikely to have his services again this season!