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It was dank and overcast, then came the torrential rain, for yesterday morning’s final Danske Bank Schools’ Bowl League game, played at Shaw’s Bridge.

Overhead and under foot conditions made any attempt at a running game perilous. Carrick started the game on the front foot and it was against the run of play when Our Lady took the lead through a Thomas McDevitt penalty goal.

Thomas McDevitt got the ball rolling with a penalty, try and conversion for St Pats

Carrick continued to press, spurning 2 possible kicks at goal from close in, before failing with 2 more, close to the posts.

Carrick on the charge in the first half.

OLSP took full advantage and on 25 minutes McDevitt scored a try close to the posts and converted it himself, after some close support play by the forwards.

On half time fast recycled ball allowed Jamie McConville in at the left corner. McDevitt added the points with a fine conversion from far out, to leave the half time score 17 – 0 in OLSP’s favour.

Conditions worsened and play was literally stuck for long periods between the ’22s’. Eventually on 25 minutes a OLSP break out saw Cian Fitzsimons break a number of attempted tackles to score near the posts, McDevitt adding the extras.

Cian Fitzsimons on the charge for OLSP

With the last play of the game, a sweeping move from deep in their own half, saw Jamie McConville run in unopposed from 50 metres to score under the posts. McDevitt kicked the conversion to give OLSP a 31 – 0 victory.

Finally it stopped raining as the final whistle blew! Both teams must enjoyed a hot shower after playing in such energy sapping conditions.

The win for Our Lady and St Pats saw them join Wellington College in the draw for the Bowl knock out stages, details below.

Schools Bowl Draw

Following the final play-off game in the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl League being completed the draw took place for the 1st Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl competition.

  • Rainey Endowed School v Omagh Academy
  • Portadown College v Lurgan College
  • Wellington College, Belfast v Dalriada School
  • Royal School, Dungannon v Dromore High School
  • Regent House School v Banbridge Academy
  • Strabane Academy v Belfast High School
  • Our Lady and St Patrick’s College v Foyle and Londonderry College
  • Limavady Grammar School v Larne Grammar School

Matches to be played on or before Saturday 25th January

Match Galley Below

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