Schools Trophy: Lurgan College 21 Portadown College 12 Final

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Lurgan College kicked their way to success against Portadown College in the Schools Trophy Final at Banbridge Academy on Saturday morning.

Lurgan and Portadown Colleges met in the Schools Trophy Final at Banbridge Academy on a sunny Saturday morning.

Portadown had the better of the opening exchanges keeping Lurgan pinned in their own half, however the Lurgan defence worked overtime to keep their line intact and a break out 10 minutes in was rewarded with a successful penalty from centre Peter Bird. Bird landed a second penalty five minutes later to give Lurgan a 6 – 0 lead.

Lurgan’s Peter Bird send over an early penalty, his kicking from the tee proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Portadown finally got some reward for their work three minutes later when a break by their hooker was finished off by their second row Scott Craig and converted by Adam Neill to give Portadown a 7 – 6 lead. Lurgan looked to finish the half off in style and were rewarded with a try and conversion from Bird just before the break to give Lurgan a 13 – 7 lead as the teams changed end.

Portadown’s Sam Herbert outstrips the Lurgan defence for a fine individual try.

It was a much disrupted 2nd half and due to two extended injury breaks. Portadown came battling back at the start of the second half with wing Sam Herbert breaking from deep, down the left, for a fine individual score to take the game to 13 – 12. Unfortunately I missed the act of scoring with the Lurgan coaches and their entourage crowding the in goal area.

Lurgan took a decisive lead mid way through the half with scrum half Charlie Williamson sniping over from close range, before the first extended break, and a penalty on resumption took the score to 21 – 12. There was a second extended break shortly after and with the game going beyond the two hour mark I had to take my leave and head to my next game.

However there were no further scores the game ending as a 21 – 12 win for Lurgan College.

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