Changes see Dromore over the line in a tense affair at Shaw’s Bridge

Cooke 15 Dromore 22

Dromore travelled to Shaw’s Bridge on Saturday last to take on Cooke in their second Qualifying 1 league fixture.

It wasn’t until after 30 minutes that Cooke, playing with the wind, managed to score with a well taken try through their pack; the conversion was missed.

Dromore began to get some ball and a great burst by “Macca” set up a ruck on the Cooke ‘22, allowing Cobb to float a beautiful pass to Jenks who raced over in the corner for the equalising score. The sides were level at the break.

Great kicking by Cobb kept the Cooke team pinned into their own half. Dromore set up quick ball for Cobb who found McCandless on a great short line. The big man burst through three tackles and then outpaced the full back to score a superb try under the posts which Cobb converted to put Dromore in the lead 12-5.

When Tom Finn took an opportunistic intercept, he raced clear to score under the posts to send the Dromore supporters wild. Cobb converted to put Dromore in the driving seat.

Following a long clearance kick Cooke raced into space to score and convert to narrow the gap to 19-12, followed by a Cooke penalty which made the last 10 minutes a tense affair.

But Dromore earned a penalty which Cobb converted to stretch their lead to seven points again.

President Denis Savage was delighted with the win. “It was a big ask for this young team to come here today and win, but we did and I’m very pleased for the players and coaches. We will look forward now to our Junior Cup match against Armagh next week on Barban Hill.”