Belfast Telegraph

Home Sport Rugby Schools Cup

Banbridge denied by late show against Antrim Grammar

Banbridge Academy 15 - Antrim Grammar 16

Disappointment for Banbridge as after being ahead for the whole game they conceded a last kick of the tie penalty to give Antrim Grammar the narrowest of victories.

Banbridge coach Brian Leslie said: "It was a tough game and I know we have not had the best of seasons with injuries but this was a game that should have been closed out sooner.

"We took a deserved 10-3 interval advantage but mistakes were made at key times and we had a lot of possession in the middle but didn't do a lot with it. Carrick gained confidence and came back at us. I was really gutted at the end as I and all the home spectators thought we had won.

"In injury time we dispossessed Carrick in midfield and there was a large cheer as we waited for the final whistle but instead the referee took play back to in front of our posts and gave Carrick a penalty. What an anti-climax."

Banbridge were in front after seven minutes when a driving maul led to a try by prop John Wilson but the visitors replied with a Josh Battishill penalty. On the half-hour home flanker Jonny Campbell picked up from five metres out to dive over. The trend continue after the restart when scrum-half Jordan Mount picked up and dashed in from 40 metres out after five minutes. Unfortunately for them none of the three tries was goaled.

Antrim had a breakaway try by winger Adam Johnston converted by Battishill and they were back in the contest. On the half-hour Sam Gordon, who had replaced Battishill, kicked a penalty and he later sealed it with his second.

Robin McKenna, the Antrim coach was thrilled. "They defeated us 45-0 in the first round last season so it was pleasing to see how much we have improved. I thought JJ McKee and Adam Johnston had brilliant performances. It was an amazing result and it's the first time Antrim has reached the second round."

Belfast Telegraph

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here


From Belfast Telegraph