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Brilliant Bangor bowl over Regent House in final

Bangor Grammar 43 - Regent House 3

By Ronnie Ingram

A dominant second half which produced 28 points helped Bangor Grammar win the Danske Bank Schools' Bowl with a six-try victory over Regent House at Pirrie Park.

Zach Kerr was their hero, accumulating 23 points with two tries, a penalty and five conversions.

Kerr kicked an early penalty and then ran in from 15 metres for the first try.

Regent, who were more competitive than the scoreline would suggest, had a golden opportunity to reduce the arrears but their penalty into the corner went too far and Bangor were able to relieve the pressure.

Robbie Johnston did kick a penalty for them but Bangor made it 15-3 by the interval when Charlie Blair touched down for Kerr to convert.

The inside centre then scored his second before Kerr went in for another.

Full-back Aaron Sexton dived over at the right hand corner and finally Chris Cochrane scored the sixth and best of the afternoon with a move started around their own goal line which resulted in the winger running in beside the posts.

Coach Jason Morgan thought it was their best performance of the season.

"We eventually showed what we were capable of after such a disappointing effort in the Cup," the Kiwi said. "Regent exerted pressure around our line a few times but our defence held."

Meanwhile, Down High have lost in the Schools' Shield final for the past two seasons and will be hoping to return to Kingspan with a semi-final win over Omagh Academy tomorrow afternoon.

The Down side have played in five finals with only one victory - in 1974 - and will start favourites following the confidence gained from a hard-fought and narrow 15-8 defeat by traditional heavyweights - and eventual finalists - Methody in the Cup.

In the other tie Ballyclare High face Grosvenor Grammar.

 

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