BANN FIFTHS 40 BALLYNAHINCH SEVENTHS 19
Bann started well dominating the first 15 minutes. A very strong lineout, with lock Paul Cairns catching everything that came his way, gave the Bann backs lots of clean ball.
Scrum-half Andy Cowan had a blistering run up the blindside only to be held up over the line but from the subsequent scrum out-half Philip Morrison ran under the posts to touch down before adding the conversion.
‘Hinch hit back quickly, touching down within minutes to level the scores. Bann then scored the try of the match with great interplay between Morrison and centre Chris Craig who eventually dotted down in the corner.
Bann continued to edge the exchanges but ‘Hinch equalised just on the half-time whistle leaving the scores tied at 12-12.
Bann made a flying start to the second half with centre Andy Jelly scoring between the posts. Props Scottie Cromie and Andy Armstrong put in a huge amount of work in the loose play and out-muscled ‘Hinch in the tight.
In the final 15 minutes the visitors seemed to run out of steam and Bann’s superior fitness showed as they produced some champagne rugby. Hooker Ryan Ringland scored off a sublime pop pass from prop Dave Neill and winger Josh Graham rounded off the scoring with a great try to complete a comprehensive win for the home side.