Finnerty's classy treble seals trophy for Dalriada
Rainey Endowed 15 Dalriada 31
Three tries from Michael Finnerty set Dalriada on their way to a Danske Bank Schools' Bowl final victory over Rainey Endowed at Eaton Park, Ballymena.
This was the Ballymoney team's second consecutive trophy as they clinched the Subsidiary Shield last year.
Their captain and right winger Finnerty showed how rugby should be played as he twice weaved through the opposition at speed from around halfway to score on both occasions.
Both came in the first 12 minutes and with Aaron Sparks converting both, Dalriada had a great start. Rainey reduced the arrears with a try which came after some sweeping rugby before Lorcan Quinn ran in.
Right on the interval, Rainey made a mess of a line out and big Matthew Christie took advantage to dive over and make it 19-5.
After the restart, Finnerty added the best try of the tie when he picked up on his own '22' and took off through the opposition to crash over in the corner.
Rainey came back again with a well orchestrated try when winger Andrew Nicholson went in on the right but Dalriada retorted with their fourth when Matthew Kernaghan charged over.
After that, it was all Rainey. They mounted attack after attack and the opposition held out for a time but the pressure had to tell and scrum-half Scott Campbell saw a gap and side-stepped a couple of defenders to dive over.
Dalriada coach Rab Gregg thought it was a good and exciting encounter.
"If the ball had stuck more in Rainey's hands the result may well have been different," he said.
"We gave away far too many penalties and for the final 15 minutes we were forced to defend."
Rainey coach Chris Campbell was pleased with the open aspect to the game.
"Eight tries were scored, which proved it was expansive. I thought as a team we combined better but they had a few outstanding players and that made the difference," he said.