Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Coach admits Lurgan College were fortunate

Lurgan's James Hunter pushes forward
Lurgan's James Hunter pushes forward

Lurgan College 7 Antrim GS 3: Lurgan College were fortunate to come through against a gallant Antrim Grammar.

They were outplayed for most of the tie with Antrim controlling both the territory and the possession.

Six minutes in, Antrim had a penalty from flanker Mark Strange but seven minutes later Lurgan scored the only try of the encounter.

"We managed to intercept inside our own '22' with prop Des Bingham running nearly the length of the pitch to be caught two metres short" commented Lurgan coach Neil Ross. "The ball was eventually held up over the line and from the scrum, No 8 Matthew Laird picked up and fed scrum-half Drew Davis who scrambled over for Mark McIlwaine to convert.

"It was the only bright spot in our performance. We were fortunate to qualify for the next round as Antrim won cleaner and better ball, but time again they lacked finish over the final 10 metres.

"They were definitely up to it, putting in a tremendous amount of work and we had to defend for long periods. I thought that if they were to score we would have great difficulty getting back into the game. As it was, our defence was superb and we lived for another day."

Christopher McGolderick played a captain's game for Antrim and he must be disappointed. Credit must go to the home defence, with James Patterson and and McIlwaine starring.

Meanwhile, Lurgan College had a 23-7 victory over Foyle College in the second round of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield.

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