Dalriada came away with an 11 – 27 win in this entertaining encounter played in frosty conditions at Dromore RFC on Saturday morning.
The match took a while to get up and running and it was the visitors who crossed first with Dalriada winger Peter Wright scoring an unconverted try out wide. Hooker James McCormick extended the lead to 0 – 8 following an successful penalty attempt before Dromore got their account up and running with a penalty from out half Reuben Cobb to take the score to 3 – 8 at the break.
Dalriada extended their lead at the start of the second half with quick ball allowing centre Luke Pollock to break through and score a try, converted by McCormick.
The Dromore side battled back and, after a series of lines out in Dalriada territory, Aaron Lyttle was on hand to battle over for an unconverted try, taking the score to 8 – 15. The High School further ramped up the pressure when Cobb knocked over a long range penalty to take the game to 11 – 15.
The High School continued to push but a break by Dalriada’s influential McCormick ended with Ross Fallows running in a try which McCormick converted to give the visitors a 22 – 11 lead.
Dalriada wrapped up the game when, that man, McCormack squeezed over following a break by Pollock to give the Ballymoney boys a deserved 11 – 22 win.
Dalriada are on the road again for the Fourth Round of the Cup when they face the difficult trip to Campbell College on or before Saturday 3rd February.