Letterkenny U18’s recorded an emphatic 68-0 victory over Dungannon RFC at Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday last in the first round of the Ulster Carpets U18 Cup.
Coach Gordon Curley made numerous changes to the starting 15 and the competition for places resulted in a focused and clinical first half display yielding 7 tries. The pick of the scores was the second try scored by Darragh Toal after great play by the forwards followed by excellent running lines from the backs. The other scores came from Matthew Faulkner 2, Joseph Dunleavy 2, Oisin Toal and Daniel Faulkner.
The second half was a lot more disjointed due to numerous changes and new combinations but Letterkenny defended well and also scored an additional three tries courtesy of Daniel Faulkner, Adam Boal Quinn and Louis Carson.
Dungannon were brave in the extreme but not used to the tempo of the game played by the home side who enjoyed a sharper edge to their forward play thanks to the introduction of James Roulston and Louis Carson from the start. Aodhan O Neill also impressed when introduced at half-time and Connor Cannon had another fine game at tight head prop.
On a day when getting back to winning ways was the main objective Adam Boal Quinn and Louis Carson were the two players who impressed. Carson got the nod for man of the match with a belligerent display at the breakdown proving that he is now back to his best after injury and will be hard to displace from the back row.
Letterkenny now look forward to welcoming Larne to Dave Gallaher Park on Saturday next in the next round of the cup. The team would also like to thank Marie Gibson and her helpers from the after match food and hospitality which is always very much appreciated.
Team: Stephen Gibson, Stephen Holmes, Connor Cannon, Will Douglas, James Roulston, Louis Carson, Darragh Toal, Joseph Dunleavy, Ben Khavia, Peter Scott, Eunan Henry, Daniel Faulkner (Captain), Matthew Faulkner, Adam Boal Quinn, Oisin Toal, Martin Mortimer, Jack McGarvey, Diarmiud Gallagher, Aodhan O Neill, David Ward, Douglas Doyle and Josh Smeaton.