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Friday, 4 January, 2002, 21:56 GMT
Dungannon cup glory
Dungannon rugby
Dungannon celeberate their Ulster Senior Cup success
Dungannon 32-3 Ballynahinch

Full-back Mark Bradley kicked Dungannon to First Trust Ulster Senior Cup success at Ravenhill last night.

Bradley was the scourge of Ballynahinch when he contributed 22 points with six penalties and two conversions.

It was thrid-time lucky for the All-Ireland League champions who have dominated the competition over the last decade.

Dungannon went in as hot favourites and came again after collecting their sixth title since their great run started in 1993.

Beaten finalists in the last two years, Willie Anderson's boys were the better team on the night with flanker Michael Haslett turning in a man-of-the-match performance.

Dungannon full-back Mark Bradley
Dungannon hero Bradley on the mark again

Haslett was backed up well in the back-row by his partner Andy Hughes who had a storming first half.

However, it was not all one-way, particularly in the first period when the Hinch gave as good as they got, particularly in the scrums.

Time and again they pounced on Dungannon's mistakes and stormed upfield.

Unfortunately they just had not the wherewithall to take advnatage of some decent possession and territorial advantage.

They were led superbly by captain Brian Wilson who got through a tremendous amount of work.

The game in general, however, was not a classic by any means.

Errors littered the game which was really only brought to life with Dungannon's two tries midwday through the second half.

However, with Bradley missing only one shot from nine attempts, Dungannon always had the upper hand.

Michael Haslett (with ball) was man of the match
Dungannon's Haslett in the thick of the action

They held 12-3 half-time advantage with Bradley landing four penalties to one from Ballynahinch fly-half Darryl Callaghan, a former Dungannon player.

Dungannon stepped up the gears after the break, and although they were bereft of most of their contracted players, were able pull away after the break.

Tries by replacements Alan Redpath and Keith Walker in the 64th and 68th minutes sealed the Hinch's fate.

It was also a special night for former Ulster prop Gary Leslie who again created a little piece of history.

The front-row veteran who has given Dungannon tremendous service, added his sixth cup medal to his collection.

Dungannon: Tries: Alan Redpath, Walker; Pens: Bradley (6); Cons: Bradley (2).

Ballynahinch: Pen: Callaghan.

Dungannon: M Bradley; J Cuningham, S Mallon, A Redpath, R Mercer, I Humphreys, J Turkington, R Mackey, N Brady, G Leslie, A Kearney, T Barker, M Haslett, A Hughes, A Boyd, capt.
Replacements: K Walker for Barker (40); Alan Redpath for Alastair Redpath (40); J Campbell for Leslie (60); P Curry for Hughes (67).

Ballynahinch: C Atkinson; M McBriar, D Cantley A Clarke, G Kyle, D Callaghan, P Spence; M Strudwicke, C Armstrong, L Johnston, G Rourke, J Wilson, J Shanks, S Kelly, capt, B Wilson.
Replacements: S Seymour for McBriar (60); R Erwin for Spence (68); K Kirk for Wilson (69); A Seawright for Strudwicke (73).

Referee: Gareth Doyle (Ballymena).

See also:

24 Dec 01 |  Northern Ireland
Dungannon face Hinch in final
20 Nov 01 |  Northern Ireland
Derry face Dungannon in Cup
23 Oct 01 |  Northern Ireland
Harlequins take on Dungannon
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