2019-20 Campbell College Belfast Schools Schools Friendly St Gerard's School Bray

Schools: Campbell College 14 St Gerard’s 15

St Gerard’s School returned to Bray with all the points following a last gasp 14 – 15 win against Campbell College at Fox’s Field on Saturday morning.

Bob Given reports.

Campbell College kicked off into a breeze and within minutes had conceded an unconverted try after St Gerard’s took an advantage of an “early season” disorganised defence to score.

Campbell struggle to break through the St Gerard’s defence.

Worse was to follow a few minutes later when a St Gerard’s interception on the halfway line allowed their left winger to score unopposed under the posts for a converted try.

The visitors continued to have the lion’s share of possession, playing most of the game in the Campbell half.

However, five minutes from halftime, Campbell broke from their own half and quickly transferred ball allowed Paddy McAlpine to crash over for a try, converted by Jack Bonnar.

Paddy McAlpine crashes over for a Campbell try.

Campbell could have considered themselves fortunate to go into break only 7 – 12 down.

Play was much more even in the second half, with Campbell edging territory and possession.

With 5 minutes left on the clock, following a lineout and a series of drives, Kyle Gill used his strength to force himself over for a try close to the posts, converted by Bonnar to take the score to 14 – 12 in Campbell’s favour.

There was time for another St Gerard’s attack and Campbell conceded a penalty in front of the posts. The resultant penalty goal saw St Gerard’s edge the game 15 – 12.

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