BANN SECONDS 14 DONAGHADEE 19
Seconds coach Mark Waugh put his side’s Conference League defeat down to a lack of fitness, after watching his side throw away a 14 point lead.
“We were well on top in the first half,” he said reflecting on the game. “And we had chances at the start of the second half to put it to bed, but we didn’t take them and they finished the stronger.
“The result was very disappointing after the early play showed such an improvement on last week. But if we can improve on those fitness levels I’m confident we can give a good account of ourselves in this League.”
Centre James Andrews was impressive on his return to action after missing most of last season and it was his barnstorming run that created the chance for out-half Robin Thompson to go in for the opening try, with the No 10 adding the conversion for good measure.
Then Thompson made the most of the referee allowing advantage to put in the neatest of grubbers for Stephen Cowan to touch down for the second try, with the conversion again finding the target.
With the hard-working back row of Lee Allen, Adam Kelly and Paul Ross leading the forward effort Bann were comfortably in control at this stage. But an unconverted try before the interval gave the visitors encouragement and when Bann failed to take advantage of those scoring opportunities after the interval, the North Down side added two converted tries in the final quarter to claim the points.