Schools Bowl: Belfast High School 16 Rainey Endowed School 42 Final

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Rainey Endowed claim the Schools Bowl with a win against Belfast High at Ballyclare on Saturday morning.

Belfast High School and Rainey Endowed School met in the final of the Schools Bowl at Ballyclare High School on Saturday morning.

Report and pictures by Cyril Boyd

As befitting a cup final, there was plenty of action from both teams early on with the bulk of the attacking play at the Belfast end where Rainey probed for the opening.

Great tackling kept them at bay but eventually the ball was passed wide quickly and Rainey’s No 15, Cameron Smith rounded the defence to score close to the posts with Louis Regan converting.

Cameron Smith dives over as Rainey Endowed claim the Schools Bowl with a win against Belfast High at Ballyclare on Saturday morning.

A bit of indiscipline awarded Belfast a penalty and they got off the mark also with Cameron Banford splitting the posts.

Rainey continued to pressure and it was Smith who again crossed the line at almost the same spot with Regan once more converting. Another penalty award to Belfast saw Banford reduce the deficit to 6 -14, in Sullivan’s favour, at the break,

Belfast High started the second half brightly and they stormed up the pitch to be awarded a penalty. This time the angle was too much and the score remained the same. Rainey now began to pound the Belfast defence until Rainey’s No 8, Adam Montgomery increased the lead by powering through from 20 yards out to just break the line with the ball. Regan stepped up and converted to take it to 6 – 21.

Dogged defending was keeping the score close but after a kick ahead, the bounce allowed Rainey’s No 12, Nathan Overend, to touch down and increase the margin, Regan again adding the extra points. Adam Montgomery again stormed through for Rainey, running in his second try just under the posts moments later again with Regan converting easily to rattle the scoreboard along to 6 – 35.

Alex Montgomery heads for the corner for his first try against Rainey Endowed

A lesser team would have folded but fair play to Belfast, they put their opponents under pressure and it paid off when No 11, Alex Montgomery went round the back of the defence and opened his account. Not happy with that, within 10 minutes, he did exactly the same again. Unfortunately, neither was converted but it certainly sparked Belfast back into action with the score now reading 16 – 35

Billy Allen goes over for the final score for Rainey Endowed.

Rainey kept the pressure up and on at least three occasions they went over the line but just couldn’t get the ball grounded. However, some great handling by Overend, allowed No 18, Billy Allen to crash through under the posts to present Regan with his 6th successful conversion and, despite Belfast’s efforts, that’s how it stayed to the end with Rainey winning 16 – 42

The big crowd certainly got entertained!

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