Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Ballymena take glory in derby win

Despite schools being closed for the holiday period there were still a number of schools’ fixtures played over the past fortnight.

Prior to Christmas Ballymena Academy and Cambridge House played out an exciting Ballymena derby game. Both teams were short of a number of first choice players and the Academy team had to dig deep before recording a hard earned 7-0 win.

Just after Christmas Coleraine AI hosted an ever improving Wallace HS team. The Wallace visitors scored three first half tries to one from Coleraine AI full back Conor Gaston. In the second half Wallace scored another try with Conor Gaston scoring two more for his team. Richie McMaster kicked two conversions leaving the score at 24-19 in favour of the Lisburn visitors.

Wallace continued this good form when they visited Ballymena Academy early in the New Year, defeated the Academy team by 28-10. The Wallace scores came from Connor Mc Bride, Andrew Gilmore, Robin Harte and James Thompson (pictured) who all scored one try each. Wayne Hughes kicked two conversions and two penalties to complete the Wallace scoreline.

Methodist College continued to enhance their position as favourites to win the Northern Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup with a clinical win against a very determined and spirited RS Armagh team.

Paddy Robinson opened his team’s account with a well struck penalty after fifteen minutes to put Methody ahead. Michael Allen scored an unconverted try for the Belfast team and Niall Annett, put them further ahead with a try which was converted by Robinson to give Methody a 15-0 lead.

Robinson scored an excellent try which he converted himself to put his team 22-0 ahead. He repeated this on the stroke of half time when he scored his second try wide out.

Michael Heaney and Michael Allen added tries and Paddy Robinson converted once before Craig Gilroy extended his team’s lead to 44-0 when he scored a well constructed but unconverted try in the corner.

Chris Colvin managed a consolation score for his team and Jonny Pollock added the conversion to give his team a much need lift.

But Rory Harrison, Heaney and Allen went over to eventually leave them 61-7 winners.

Limavady GS played Antrim GS and Belfast HS over the holiday period and recorded two excellent victories. Friends’ School travelled to play Down HS and made the Downpatrick boys work hard for their 12-7 win.

Larne GS and Grosvenor GS played out a controlled match situation. Both teams found the experience useful as they were able to use extended squads in preparation for forthcoming cup matches.

Campbell College followed on from their fine recent victory against Dublin HS with a well deserved 36-6 win against Cambridge House.

Ballyclare HS played RS Dungannon during the holiday period and recorded a fine 45-13 win.

For Ballyclare, Matthew Johnston, Adam Neill and Adam Best all played well while Peter Nelson and Anas Smaali showed up well for the Tyrone team.

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