Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Bangor Grammar heading in right direction

Bangor Grammar will be hoping that their slow progression in form will continue on Saturday when they travel to Ballyclare in the fourth round of the Northern Bank Schools’ Cup.

The Co Down boys were, by their own admission, poor against Belfast High in round two and then despite seeing off Wellington College in convincing fashion on Saturday, Bangor were still far from their best.

Now they go on their travels again, to take on a Ballyclare team who needed a replay to put pay to Grosvenor’s ambitions, finally coming through with a slender 13-10 victory on Saturday.

And while Bangor coach David Kennedy knows his side are in for a tough time, he has been impressed at times by his team’s attitude.

“I was happy with the first half performance on saturday (against Wellington) but we went off the boil a bit in the second half and had a bit of a slump - giving away too many penalties,” he said.

“But I have to say I think our defending has got a lot better and the boys have picked up well over the past few weeks.

“They have worked hard at it and have been working hard in training so that has been pleasing.”

Kennedy is expecting another tough test this week in east Antrim, against a team who, coached by Daniel Soper (right), beat them 29-3 in November.

“I’m looking forward to it,” he added. “There’s a good buzz about the place at the minute, a few boys walking around with smiles on their faces and that’s great.

“We know it’s going to be difficult. Dan (Soper) has done a great job there and I know he’ll have them up for it but we will too.

“Getting to the quarter finals would be great for us as we have a young side and this is a great experience for them.

“Certainly at the beginning of the season if we thought we would get to the quarter-finals we would have taken it, so this is a big chance for us to progress.”

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