Belfast High earn third round clash after Reid delivers
Belfast HS 15 Omagh Academy 5: Ten points from Robbie Reid helped Belfast High to a narrow but deserved win over Omagh Academy in the Danske Bank Schools' Cup at Newtownabbey.
The visitors travelled following their morale-boosting elimination of Dungannon Royal in the last round but found the all round strength of their opponents a little too difficult to handle.
The first half was evenly contested with both teams playing tentatively and making a number of basic mistakes.
It was one of those, a missed tackle, that helped the home team to an 8-0 interval advantage.
Reid found a gap in midfield and ran through for an unconverted try.
Later, he added a penalty and 15 minutes into the second half they increased their advantage.
The forwards had gained the upper hand and following a number of rucks, Connor Elliott picked up and dived over for Reid to convert.
"In the last 20 minutes, High School were mainly restricted to their own territory but their defence held until closing minutes when we were close to their line," stated the Omagh coach Ross Hunter.
"Following a surge through by centre Lloyd Kane, full-back Scott Barr carried on the move down the blindside to cross close to touch for our try.
"We came back at them again for the final few minutes but they held us out.
"It was a good tight, intriguing contest.
"They were a lot more physical than us but I thought our prop Ethan McKeown had an outstanding performance and our captain and second row James Catterson led by example."
Mickey Rainey, the High coach, knew Omagh would be hard to break down.
Rainey said: "They tried to keep the ball tight with plenty of pick up and goes and we respected their ability.
"They were strong and finished their try very well. I was pleased with our efforts and Dylan McGurk was excellent in the back row and was our Man of the Match."
Belfast High now entertain Wallace High in the third round on Saturday week.