Ballyclare go sailing on
Ballyclare High 36 Rainey Endowed 3
xBallyclare convincingly qualified for a fourth round tie against Portora Royal with a 36-3 home victory against Rainey Endowed.
This was expected to be a fairly evenly contested game especially after the Magherafelt team had so easily disposed of Lurgan College 55-3 in the previous round. But, as it was Rainey were out of form and the home side took full advantage with five tries.
The home team started without their injured Ulster Schools' player Jordan Annett and realised that they had to play better than their recent encounter with Belfast Royal Academy which they lost convincingly. As it was Johnny Holmes, Kirk Johnston and Luc Bailie all contributed well to the outcome,
The home team had a ‘dream' start with an easy try in the first minute.
The visiting scrum was hassled and when the ball was dropped scrum-half Chris Millar gathered and touched down. Rainey managed to curtail the opposition although they were rather fortunate as, on five occasions during the tie, Ballyclare were 'held up' over their opponent's line. Three times in the first half and two in the second.
The visitors did manage a penalty from their No. 8 and captain Stephen Dawson before the interval. Dawson who was the instigator of the superb display in the win over Lurgan was unable to encourage his players to give their best on this occasion.
Ballyclare increased their advantage after the visitors were warned a few times and the referee eventually awarded a penalty try converted by Chris Harvey. Harvey then kicked a penalty before out-half Johnny Holmes crossed for Harvey to again add the points.
At this stage Ballyclare were dominating the possession and starting to find holes in the defence. The next try came from a good tackle from Chris Anderson. Rainey were trying to make ground out of their '22' and the crunching tackle allowed the centre to gather and run in for Harvey to goal.
Rainey's misery continued when Trevor McLintock charged down a kick and managed to pick up and run in for Harvey to again add the points.
Ballyclare High: B Wilson, M Logan, S Forbes, T McLintock, G Bartely, P.McMechan, JF Bester, D Clark, C Millar, J Holmes, C Anderson, M Lok, J Douglas, C Harvey, J Craig, C Shearer, P Kennedy, P Crawford, K Johnson, M McComb,P Ferguson, S Beattie.
Rainey : P Caulfield, S Nelson, F Quinn, D|McMurray, J Burrowes, M Connolly, W Surrerin, L Steele, ODevlin, J Kelso, A Lupari, C Lynch, S Dawson, M McErlean, T Booth, SMcAuley, PHassan, M Holgate, F Shivers, S Taylor, P Andrews,