[pullquote]Report and pictures courtesy of Bob Given Photography[/pullquote]
Larne GS travelled to Shaw’s Bridge yesterday to play Our Lady and St Pats, Knock in a Semi Final Tie in the Danske Bank Schools Trophy. A breeze blew across the pitch and the sun shone, but one should not equate sunshine with warmth!
Larne kicked off and immediately pressed the St Pats defence into conceding a try, scored by Steven Dickey, converted by Euan Glenn, after 4 minutes.
Larne continued to dominate and were rewarded with an unconverted try by Jack Moore on 7 minutes.
St Pats gained some territory and possession and forced Larne into conceding a penalty, which was converted by Thomas McDevitt to bring the score to 12 – 3 in Larne’s favour.
Play moved back and forth between the ’22s’, before Caelan Campbell scored for Larne, beside the posts. Glenn converted to give Larne 19 -3 lead.
Though Larne continued to press, there were no further scores in the first half.
Pressure, territory and possession told a tale in the second half with St Pats conceding 4 tries, on 8 minutes, by Glenn, on 18 minutes, by Jack Withers, on 23 minutes by Tre Britton and finally on 35 minutes by Dickey. Two were converted by Glenn and Robin Wynn to leave Larne with a convincing 45 – 3 victory.
The scoreline does not reflect the determination of St Pats, who battled to the end. Larne now look forward to the Trophy Final against Dungannon Royal School.