High School Cup: Castlederg High 5 Bangor Academy 20 Final

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Bangor Academy make the most of their chances against a battling Castlederg to take the High School Cup for the first time.

Castlederg High School and Bangor Academy competed for the High School Cup on Tuesday afternoon at Ravenhill.

The final featured two new sides on our radar but neither side was overawed by the occasion and they set about their task with some relish.

Bangor enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges with Castlederg finding some relief with a couple of bustling runs through the middle. However, the pressure eventually told and Bangor’s Jake Burns bustled over in the left hand corner for the opening score to give Bangor a 5 – 0 lead after 11 minutes.

Bangor Academy ‘s Jake Burns got on the scoreboard in the first half.

Castlederg came storming back and the high school enjoyed the better of the remainder of the half.

Derg winger Simon Young scampered down the left four minutes later, stretching for the line to level the score at 5 – 5 and it seemed to give Castlederg the impetus they needed.

Castlederg’s Simon Young stretched for the line to tie the game.

The Tyrone side crossed the line twice more in the remainder of the half only to be called back for some infringement on both occasions and the half ended without further score despite Castlederg looking to be well on top.

Castlederg’s hooker Matthew Hunter looked to have scored a fine try only to be pulled back for an earlier infringement.

Bangor came out a changed side after the break and they soon took control of the game. Bangor winger Joel Boyd looked to have claimed an early score shortly after the restart only to be ruled out for a foot in touch. However, Boyd managed to barge over in a less spectacular fashion five minutes later in the same corner to give Bangor a 10 – 5 lead.

Bangor Academy’s Joel Boyd’s spectacular effort was disallowed for a foot in touch.

The academy side made the most of their opportunities in the second half and their influential out half Jonah Topping started to control the game. Derg worked hard to get back into the game but when Topping knocked over a penalty to extend Bangor’s lead to 13 – 5 it looked like a decisive point in the a tight game.

Bangor Academy’s out half Jonah Topping took control of the second half adding five points from the boot.

Castlederg continued to push hard but they were unable to break down the rejuvenated Bangor defence and a late break saw Bangor’s hard working Todd McEvoy crash over after a period of pressure in the Derg 22. Topping added the extras with the final kick of the game to give Bangor a 20 – 5 win.

Bangor Academy’s Todd McEvoy celebrates scoring the decisive try.

Congratulations to Bangor Academy on their win after an impressive second half. Castlederg can be proud of their contribution in their first final. I’m sure we’ll see them back.

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