2019-20 Ballyclare High School Schools Friendly Schools Senior St Gerard's School Bray

Irish Schools: Ballyclare High 21 St Gerards, Bray 36

St Gerard’s travelled from County Wicklow this morning to play Ballyclare High School in a schools’ friendly at Rashee Road.

Report and pictures by Bob Given Photography

Despite travelling over 140 miles for the game St Gerard’s hit the ground running scoring 5 tries, 2 converted, in a dominant first half display.

St Gerard’s, Bray, dominated most aspects of the first half.

Ballyclare only made occasional forays into the St Gerard’s half.

Maybe it was what the Ballyclare coach said at half time or the substitutions but it was a different team after the break.

For the first 15 minutes of the second half Ballyclare had all the territory and possession, finally crossing the St Gerard’s line with a try by Mark Jackson, which he converted himself.

Mark Jackson heads for the line for Ballyclare’s opening score. 

Ballyclare continued to press and were rewarded after 20 minutes when Scott Martin crossed under the posts, after an interception. Jackson added the points.

In a rare trip into the Ballyclare half, St Gerard’s scored a converted try close to the posts.

Ballyclare had the final say when in the last move of the game Conor Dargan scored wide out and Jackson added the points.

Ballyclare will wonder what the result might have been if they had shown the commitment and resolve that they showed in the second half in the first!

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