Schools Cup: Ballyclare High 8 Royal School Armagh 7

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Ballyclare High battle for a one point win against Royal School Armagh to progress to the Schools Cup Quarter Finals.

Ballyclare High entertained Royal School Armagh in a Schools Cup tie at Rashee Road on a windy Saturday morning.

Ballyclare High got off to the best of starts, using the strong wind at their backs to pin Armagh in their own area from the off. The brief period of intense pressure paid off when Ballyclare’s James Spence crashed over to ground the ball after five minutes. The difficult conversion was missed but, so strong was the wind that I was expecting a hatful of scores at the end I was covering in the first half.

Ballyclare’s James Spence dives over for the opening try.

It didn’t work out that way and, to their credit, The Royal School looked to have the better of the rest of the half as they patiently worked their way up the field time after time only for a misplaced pass or a turn over and a big clearance kick see them start all over again.

Armagh finally got their break through close to half time when out half Sam Cunningham burst through a couple of tackles to score close to the posts. Matthew Monaghan knocked over the conversion and Armagh took a 5 – 7 lead into the break.

Sam Monaghan gets over for a try for Royal School Armagh.

The game flipped at half time and Ballyclare looked to take control against the wind. They looked a much better side when their energetic pack started to rumble and aside from a couple of breaks it was Armagh who were on the back foot for much of the second half.

The pressure told with two Armagh players taking 10 minute breaks as Ballyclare upped the tempo and the home side got their breakthrough just after the hour mark when Alex Darragh knocked over a penalty to take the score to 8 – 7.

Alex Darragh knocks over the winning penalty as Ballyclare High battle for a one point win against Royal School Armagh to progress to the Schools Cup Quarter Finals.

Both defences were well organised and hard working throughout the game and it was no surprise that there was no further score, Ballyclare celebrating their progression to the quarterfinals at the final whistle.

Schools Cup Quarter Final Draw

The following fixtures will take place on or before Saturday the 12th of February 2022.

  • Campbell College v Dromore High School
  • Sullivan Upper v RBAI
  • Wallace High School v Ballymena Academy
  • Ballyclare High School v Methodist College Belfast

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