Dalriada School welcomed Larne Grammar to Ballymoney on Thursday afternoon for a rearranged Medallion Plate Quarter Final match, with the winner to go through to a semi final clash at Rainey Endowed on 26th February.
Both teams had shown good form to date and the expectation was that this was going to be a tight game and so it proved as the sides battled out a scoreless, but entertaining, first half.
Larne started the second half strongly and a break through midfield by Ethan Anderson was stopped short of the line for a quick recycle and fast hands by Jonny Dallas send the hard working Daniel Halliday over in the corner for the opening score.
Dalriada looked for a response but the Larne defence held firm and a few penalties at the highly competitive breakdowns allowed the visitors to kick their way up field for an attacking line out mid way through the second half.
A successful catch from Halliday set up a driving maul and Thomas Patton picked the right moment to break clear and crash over for Larne’s second try midway through the half. Ethan Duncan added the extras and Larne had built a 0 – 12 lead.
Five minutes later a bustling run from Larne’s all action centre Ryan McDowell finally outstripped the hard working Dalriada defence for Larne’s third try, converted by Duncan, to give Larne a 0 – 19 lead with 10 minutes left.
Dalriada laid siege to the Larne line in the closing minutes to get something on the scoreboard as a reward for their efforts but the visitors worked as hard in defence as they did in attack and, despite a few close calls, they managed to keep their line intact for the remainder of the game setting up a semi final at Rainey Endowed on the 26th February.