ARMAGH THIRDS 25. BANN THIRDS 17
Willie Taylor’s great 25 metre line break took Bann Thirds into a strong attacking position early in the game. The momentum was maintained with strong carries from Paul Ross and Matty Bell, allowing Jack Myles to score in the corner for a 0-5 lead.
That tally was doubled thanks to a darting run from scrum-half Shane Honeyford supported by Adam Cromwell and Robin Hewitt, which left winger Cameron Martin to round his opposite number and score in the corner.
Armagh hit back, aided and abetted by some sloppy defence which allowed their winger to race in for a converted try.
The action was fast and furious and when Robin Thompson converted Myles’ second try, after good work from Robin Thompson and Calum Boland, the scoreline was 7-17 after just 15 minutes play.
By the interval the home side had reduced the leeway to just two points, thanks to an unconverted try following the hack through of a ball dropped by Bann 40 metres out and a penalty.
In the second half poor discipline and questionable decision-making gave Armagh the initiative and they capitalised with the unconverted try and penalty which not only won them the game but denied Bann the losing bonus point.
Players to catch the eye in an otherwise disappointing outing were winger Martin and No 8 Ross