Dromore welcomed Coleraine to Barban Hill on Saturday afternoon for a semi final match in the Towns Cup.
Report and pictures by Cyril Boyd
Being a semi final, both teams played it canny for the first 15 minutes, probing each others defence with good ball to the back line but the defences standing firm.
It took until midway through the first half for the home team to draw first blood. Quick passing along the back line saw No 15, Aaron Stewart getting over in the corner but blustery conditions foiled the extra points for the conversion.
Shortly after, Dromore went further ahead with No 12, Josh Brame bursting through the middle to score under the posts, the conversion was successful this time with Adam McDonald doing the honours.
Coleraine pushed hard to get points on the board but the home defence was on top. A moment of indiscipline saw Dromore awarded a penalty and McDonald stepped up the increase the lead to 15 – 0 as the teams changed ends.
The second half was similar with both teams pushing on and it stayed at stalemate until Dromore’s No 3, Andrew Black went over for a typical forward’s driving try.
There was a bit of a delay in the second half as the referee received attention for a leg injury but he gamely carried on after treatment. Just as well as tempers flared a couple of times and players cooled their heels on the sidelines.
Dromore continued their domination and it was No 14, Brian McClearn who increased their lead with a try in the corner to take the score to 27 – 0.
The visitors responded with some fine open play and eventually got points on the board when No 13, Ryan O’Kane spun near the line and crashed over for Coleraine’s opener.
The visitors never gave up and near the end, the forwards drove over with No 3, Peter Todd getting up last from the pile up, this time, Neil Graham was successful with the kick to add extra points.
At the end however Dromore did enough over the course of the match to take a deserved victory and reach the Final where they will face Ballyclare who beat City of Armagh.