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Portadown Coll 11 - Friends School 20

Portadown College led 6-3 at the interval but most of the action took place in the second period when Friends' scored three tries.

There was little between the contestants early on with Michael Orr kicking a home penalty to be cancelled out by David Stewart. Both teams conceded penalties with Orr adding a second but Friends' should have gone ahead but a knock-on close to the home line robbed them of a try.

There was a lot more excitement later but it was the underdogs Friends' that provided most of it. They disrupted Portadown and curtailed their involvement.

Early on following good work by George Pringle, Alex O'Brien put the visitors in front.

The winger had a lot to do and brushed added a few tackles to go in. Their second try was much like the first with Curtis Dundas running through for full-back David Newell to finish the move. Portadown bounced back after Ryan Daly was given too much space as he dashed in.

Finally robust forward play by Adam Mulligan and Kirk McGready put Friends' second row forward Bart Campbell under the posts.

Friends' coach Stephen Robinson felt his team took a long time to get into the game but then had the better of the second half exchanges.

"We knew we would have problems as they defeated us before Christmas but it was an encouraging team effort and I thought prop Adam Mulligan, centre George Pringle and full-back David Newell had a big part to play in our success."

Portadown coach Andrew Symington was gracious in defeat.

He said: "We were outplayed and didn't use our game plan. They were more clinical, deserved their victory but I feel it was our worst performance of the season."

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