Wednesday morning saw the Saturday’s Covid Impacted Subsidiary Shield Quarter Final played in Newtownards, between Regent House and The Royal School Armagh.
To say the weather was unkind was an understatement. A stiff breeze blew down the pitch, mixed with light rain and a deluge. Underfoot the pitch was soft and had all the consistency of glue.
Such was the lack of visibility that Scrabo Tower could not be seen from the Comber Road pitches.
Regent House kicked off with the wind and the ball went dead. Armagh took advantage and a break lead to a James Campbell try after 3 minutes.
Playing with the elements Regent took 18 minutes to register on the scoreboard when Zach Campbell kicked a penalty goal to reduce the lead to 5 – 3.
Despite the advantage of the wind, Regent found it hard to control the game. Armagh were very content to soak up pressure and rumble forward with a series of forward drives.
This paid dividends after 22 minutes, when Jack Steenson claimed a try under the posts. Matthew Monaghan converted for a 12 – 3 Armagh lead.
A close range Monaghan penalty goal completed the scoring in the 1st half. Armagh were well pleased with a 15 – 3 lead playing into the wind.
Despite heavier rain and stronger wind Armagh didn’t pressure Regent, as they did in the 1st half and play was much more even.
Luke McCall’s try after 45 minutes and Harry Davey’s try after 60 minutes for Armagh completed the scoring.
Regent dug in and made progress into the Armagh half on several occasions, but a kick carried on the wind always sent them back deep into their own half.
Armagh were worthy of their 25 – 3 victory and can look forward to a semi final tie against Coleraine Grammar School on 26th February.