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Academy turn on the style in second half for comfortable win

Portadown College 8-41 Belfast Royal Academy

Portadown College did well to hold Belfast Royal Academy to a 15-8 interval deficit in the third round of the Danske Bank Schools' Cup, but the visitors then put their foot on the gas and upped their performance to score another four tries in the second period.

Early on Academy's Conor McAuley and Matthew Neill swapped penalties but two quick visiting tries set the tone of the tie.

Following pressure inside the home '22' Bradley Luney finished off a move for McAuley to goal before full-back Brandon Hasson cut through and sprinted in for an unconverted effort.

Just before the half-time whistle, Portadown ace Dylan made a break and Brett Flack scored to bring the side back into the contest.

Academy began the second period strongly when their back row forward Matthew Dalton crossed.

This was followed by an outstanding try when winger Abdullah Sabri scored following line-out possession.

McAuley converted to make it 27-3 but the visitors still weren't finished as further tries followed from second row forward Luney and another from Dalton, both of which were goaled.

Academy coach David Creighton thought the game was more closely contested than the scoreline would suggest.

He said: "We knew it was going to be tough and I felt we were a bit fortunate to turn around 15-8 ahead.

"We appeared to switch off for a time and allow Portadown into the game but after 10 minutes of the second half we grew in confidence.

"We then kept to our game plan and the tries started to come. Portadown made us work all the way, especially in the first half."

Belfast Royal Academy will now play Rainey Endowed or Regent House in the fourth round, with that clash postponed on Saturday. It will now be played on Wednesday.

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