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Dromore High 14 - Banbridge Academy12

By Ronnie Ingram

In their first season in the Danske Bank Schools' Cup, Dromore High qualified for the third round with a narrow but worthy replay win over visitors Banbridge Academy yesterday.

Despite the atrocious weather and very strong winds, a massive home crowd turned out. Dromore played into the elements in the first period and were content to turn round only 12-5 in arrears.

Dromore went in front in the 12th minute following a penalty to the corner and a line-out which resulted in hooker Aaron Lyttle crashing over.

Seven minutes later Banbridge prop Robbie Mathers did well to go under the posts for Ross Cartmill to goal.

After 22 minutes an overlap saw Banbridge winger Scott Thompson make the line.

After the restart Dromore appeared to cope better with the wind and Ben Martin was successful with penalties in the 40th, 46th and 55th minutes.

Dromore coach Josh Pentland praised the support and his players. "It was so difficult out there and we had to defend stoutly in the closing minutes," he said.

Banbridge coach Brian Leslie said: "I knew we didn't have enough points on the board at half time."

The two schools meet again today at Dromore in the third round of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield (2.30pm).

 

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