Schools Cup: Rainey Endowed 10 Down High 24

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Down High progress to the 4th round of the Schools Cup with an impressive win agaisnt Rainey Endowed in Magherafelt on Saturday morning.

Rainey Endowed welcomed Down High to Magherafelt for a third round Schools Cup tie on Saturday morning.

Report and pictures by Cyril Boyd.

The game had only just started when the home team had a breakthrough with Billy Allen crashing over to open the scoring and give Rainey a 5 – 0 lead.

Rainey’s Billy Allen goes over for an early try.

The visitors had been pressing strongly up until that point and it didn’t deter them so they were soon back in the hunt with No 12, Cameron McCaughey, going over in the corner followed shortly after by No 3 Rhodri Philips, neither were converted leaving the score a 5 -10 in Down High’s favour.

It was all Down now with the ball being moved side to side looking for openings. Not long to half time and the high school went over for their third try, this time No 5, Fionn Carey. No 13 Ross Graham added the conversion to take the score to 5 – 17 in Down’s favour at half time.

Ryan Connolly goes over for Down High at the start of the second half.

Second Half was a much closer affair with the home team trying to claw points back but they were caught by a great driving run by the visitor’s No 4, Ryan Connolly, who crossed over just beside the posts, his effort converted by Graham.

Fair play the the home team, they didn’t stop trying but some good defence by Down kept them at bay except for one great effort which saw Rainey’s Adam Montgomery going over in the corner for a consolation try.

The better team won on the day but a good contest in grey, murky conditions to watch. Down High will now travel to Campbell College for the 4th Round Tie on or before 29th January.

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