Ballymena victory too close for comfort, admits Murray
Dalriada School 24 Ballymena Academy 38
The final result could have gone either way but a late rally and two tries gave Ballymena Academy a flattering win over Dalriada
Bruce Houston converted an early Ballymena try from second row forward Oisin Jordan and Azur Allison helped increase the lead to 14-0 with another try.
Dalriada struck back and deservedly levelled through Thomas Hunter, who showed his pace to score and add the extras, and winger Ross Fallows. However, an error from the drop-out resulted in Jordan rumbling over for his second to give the visitors a 19-14 interval advantage.
Hunter kicked a penalty for Dalriada before the visitors' Stewart Moore broke through for a goaled try to make it 26-17. Hunter then bagged his second converted try and Dalriada were back within two points.
Academy upped their game and two Mark Thompson tries, one of which was goaled, made the game secure.
Ballymena coach Gavin Murray said: "It wasn't comfortable until the closing minutes. We took our chances but they fought back gamely."
Dalriada coach Rab Gregg added: "That was our best performance of the season."