Dromore Youth are back to back Ulster League Champions

The Dromore U18 Youth team.
The Dromore U18 Youth team.

Dromore U18 Youth Champions took on Rainey Old Boys from Magherafelt in the Ulster League final, which was a repeat of last season’s final, on Saturday April 4.

Dromore came into the game as undefeated in the league Cup and NuttyKrust games this season which gave them a well deserved title as favourites to take the title again.

David Chito Pyper powering past Rainey defence to score.

David Chito Pyper powering past Rainey defence to score.

The team started off slow but soon kicked into gear with superb tackling from Kalem Travers and Ryan Hughes which resulted in the ball being fed to the centres and Marcus Heath bursting through the Rainey defence before passing to Ross Bingham who scored in the corner.

Rainey, spurred on by a swift side line chat from their coaches, scored twice soon after before Dromore got hold of the ball through Johnny Creighton, Mathew McMaster and Adam McDonald who along with soft hands and pin point passing accuracy from Joshua Brahem delivered the ball to the wing and the ever present Ryan Hughes who scored.

Dromore started the second half with high spirits and soon broached the line with a great try in the corner by Adam McDonald.

The pack seemed to lose focus and gave away a few soft penalties but lucky for them the Rainey Scrum half had left his kicking boots in the car but his pack crossed the line.

Adam McDonald on his way to scoring.

Adam McDonald on his way to scoring.

Dromore’s coaching team had an inspirational change of wingers and brought on James Milligan who took the ball from his own line and jinked his way through the Rainey defence and ran the length of the pitch to scored under the posts, which sealed a very impressive victory.

The Dromore team were William Beatty, Kurtis Bann, Scott Rodgers, Simon Henshaw, Dylan McAteer, Chris Wilson, Kallum Travers, Ross Bingham, Matty McMaster, Joshua Bramme, Adam McDonald (C), Michael Watson, Jonny Creighton, Marcus Heath, James Milligan, Ryan Hughes, Ashley Boyd, David Pyper ( Squad members Adam McCauley and Luke Fitzsimmons ).

Well played lads! Good Luck in Wednesday nights Semi Final in the Nutty Krust at Portadown and for Saturday in the Semi Final of the Cup away to Letterkenny.

Nigel Dale presents head coach Ian McDonald with his Ulster League Winners medal.

Nigel Dale presents head coach Ian McDonald with his Ulster League Winners medal.

Ross Bingham scoring.

Ross Bingham scoring.

Ryan Hughes scoring.

Ryan Hughes scoring.