Dromore’s First XV travelled to Donaghadee on Saturday last to open their Qualifying League 1 campaign for the 2013/14 season.
Following an unbeaten run of four wins out of four during pre-season, the men in blue headed to the seaside with confidence.
Gareth Fitzpatrick captained the side from the second row and their were also debuts in the centre for William Herron and Scott Brown.
Dromore won the toss and played into the wind and initially took the lead with a penalty converted by Cobb. This seemed to spur on the home side who dominated the remainder of the first half and while Dromore defended well in parts.
Missed tackles and poor discipline led to two Dromore men being yellow carded and allowed Donaghadee to build a lead of 17-3 at the break.
Dromore turned around after the break and seemed to play with greater belief and purpose. Tom Finn replaced Jenks at scrum half and Dromore pressed the opposition line.
A series of rucks led to a well taken try by Harshaw and Cobb converted to bring the scores to 15-10 to the home side.
Dromore were starting to control the game now and could see that their pressure was making gaps in the tiring Donaghadee defence, but a poor decision to run the ball out of their own 22 led to a turn over by the ‘Dee and they ran in a blindside try which following the successful conversion all but killed the comeback.
A bad injury to William Herron suspended play, and he was replaced by Ryan Kerr. Dromore, to their credit, kept going forward and drives by Black, Mulholland and Harshaw led to an overlap in the backline. Blair McDonald dived over in the corner, Cobb converted from a difficult angle but the referee blew his whistle for full time.
Dromore left the pitch disappointed but looking forward to their next match away to Cooke next Saturday.