Banbridge won the Ulster U14 Development Cup on Saturday afternoon at Ravenhill beating Carrick 7 – 3 in the final. However, after dominating much of this match, Carrick must be wondering how they let this one slip.
The first half was a cagey affair as both sides came to terms with the occasion. Banbridge looked strong in the scrum and Carrick looked the more willing to run the ball but neither side managed to make the final passes stick, the teams turning round with the score at 0 – 0.
Carrick upped their game in the second half and crossed the line four times, only for all to be ruled out due to a series of infringements. However, they did go into a 0 – 3 lead thanks to a penalty from their impressive No. 8 Leon Thornton.
As the game wore on it looked as though three points would be enough but a searing break by Banbridge’s Jamie Carville saw the centre outstrip the defence out wide to finish up under the posts for a converted try.
Carrick dug deep for a response in the remaining minutes but the Banbridge defence held firm to record a memorable 7 – 3 win at the home of Ulster Rugby.
Final score: Banbridge U14 7 Carrick U14 3
Banbridge: Jacob Henry, Andrew Cairns, Thomas McGrath, Emmett Magill, Pearse Magill, Rhys Smith, Rian Evans, Scott Crain ©, Todd Bryson, Denis Kerr, Ethan Dickson, Callum Fitzgerald, Jamie Carville, Isaac Finch, Conor Corrigan. Replacements: William McAllen, Ross McKee, Ben Doyle, Callum Toal, Tom Ewart.
Carrick: Scott McClure, Leo Preuss Jay Kincaid, Charlie Wilson, Sam Irvine, Ross McCalmont, Shane Gilmore ©, Leon Thornton, Aedyn McCord, Jack McCalmont, Jake Hall, Josh McCauley, Michael Wilson, Alfie Cambridge, Wallace Blair. Replacements: Oliver Elliot, Mark Robinson, Jake Taggart, Charlie Stanley, Callum Craig.