Medallion Shield: Larne Grammar 8 RBAI 47 Round 4

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Larne Grammar's Medallion Shield run comes to an end with RBAI recording a big win at Upper Cairncastle Road on Saturday Morning

A bright and crisp morning saw Larne Grammar entertain Royal Belfast Academical Institution in the fourth round of the Medallion Shield at Upper Cairncastle Road.

The opening exchanges were even enough until Zac Molineux went over to give RBAI a 0 – 5 on the 7th minute. The visitors continued to press and 5 minutes later an unstoppable charge for the line from Blake McLean took the score to 0 – 10 in the Belfast sides favour.

Blake McLean scored four tries against Larne in the Medallion Shield match at Upper Cairncastle Road.

RBAI were immediately back on the front foot again and a determined finish by Ethan Edgar, on the right stretched the visitors’ lead to 15 points. However, with no conversions being scored, Larne were still in it, the next score being crucial if they were to make an impression on the game.

Unfortunately for the home support it was RBAI that continued to find the line. A speculative kick up the middle and a positive charge up the field from RBAI, left the Larne full-back with little support, and having won the ball, they broke clear with McLean going over to make it a brace for him, and move his team 20 points clear.

Only a couple of minutes later, and with the potential respite of half-time nearing for Larne, the ruthless and determined RBAI went over one last time in the half, with McLean notching up his hat-trick to give RBAI a 25 point lead at the break.

The second half continued in a similar fashion. A great kick from hands by Inst’s Charlie Gray, towards the right hand corner flag, saw Larne take the ball into touch near their own line. RBAI won their lineout and, the one-man-try-machine, Blake McLean racked up his fourth score of the morning to rattle the scoreboard along to 0 – 30 in the visitors favour.

Larne, although out of the game, continued to battle and didn’t let their heads drop. Determined to get something on the scoreboard, Ethan Duncan drop-kicked from 15 metres to get Larne account up and running with the score progressing to 3 – 30.

The immediate response from RBAI was clinical, and Molineux went over to for his second. Replacement Adam Leckey provided the first conversion of the afternoon with a fine kick from the right before Darcey Donnelly then got in on the act to take the score to 3 – 42

Larne’s Ryan McDowell goes over for a late consolation try for the home side.

Despite facing an insurmountable task, Larne continued to battle, and their never-say-die attitude saw them get a deserved try in the dying minutes when Ryan McDowell went over to make the final score 8 – 42 to the visitors, which differs by 5 from the posted score. If we have missed a score feel free to drop us a note in the comments section below or message us via any of our social media channels.

It’s been a good run for Larne Grammar, who will now turn their attention to the Plate competition, where they have been drawn for an away quarter final against our friends at Dalriada on, or before, the 5th February.

Inst’s rewards is an away trip to Methody in the Shield quarter final, the big Belfast clash to be also held on or before 5th February.

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