CE Bowman Cup: Ballymena 32 Belfast Metropolitan College

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Ballymena get revnge on Belfast Metropolitan College with a big win in the U18 Cup at Ravenhill.

The CE Bowman Cup was contested by Ballymena and Belfast Metropolitan College U18 sides on Saturday afternoon at Ravenhill.

Report and images by Cyril Boyd.

It was Belfast who earned an early penalty with No 13, Cameron Patterson stepping up to score the 3 points.

Ballymena stuck back pretty quickly with fullback, Jack Gaston going in at the corner to put Ballymena ahead 5 – 3.

Ballymena’s Jack Gaston scored three tries throughout the game.

It was a game of fast running and big tackles, with lots of fine performances, but it was a driving forward’s try by No 2, Ryan McCartney which increased the Ballymena score to 10 – 3.

Belfast Metropolitan College complete a big tackle in the U18 Cup at Ravenhill.

On a couple of occasions the Met team were just stopped close to the line with Ballymena’s defensive discipline showing throughout and with no further score the teams turned round with Ballymena leading 10 – 3.

Ballymena’s experience began to tell in the second half with a brace of tries by fullback Gaston, completing his hat-trick.

Almost immediately after his second, Belfast went up the field and drove over with No 6, Dylan O’Hagan reducing the deficit to 20 – 8.

But it was short-lived with Ballymena’s captain, Jack French getting the third try of the half which out half Joseph O’Rawe converted to rattle the score along to 27 – 8

Ballymena’s Jack French goes over in the second half.

Injuries began to take their toll on the Belfast side and it was no surprise when No 19, Callum Mitchell put the game beyond doubt, ably assisted by the ever present Gaston to give a final score of Ballymena 32 Belfast Met 8.

A well deserved victory with jubilant scenes at the end.

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