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Foyle breeze past Belfast High

Belfast High 7 - Foyle College 21

Published 11/01/2016

Big clash: Foyle stop Belfast High in their tracks
Big clash: Foyle stop Belfast High in their tracks

There was little between the teams in the first half but High School with the wind advantage failed to use it and two late penalties gave the visitors a 13-7 advantage at the halfway stage.

Foyle scored their first try following the charging down of a clearance kick. Out-half Conal Gill showed some excellent footballing skills when he kicked through to touch down for full-back Matthew Orr to goal.

High School struck back decisively following a period of pressure when No 8 Tyler Arnold crossed just to the left of the posts for Simon White to convert. Some indiscipline allowed Foyle to snatch a six point lead with two Orr penalties.

With minutes remaining Foyle scrum-half Killene Thornton kicked for the corner for Matthew Alford to gather. He was brought down just short and Thornton was adjacent to dive over.

Foyle coach David Barnett was satisfied with the result.

"There were puddles of water on the pitch and I felt we played to the conditions better than our opponents. There was an outstanding effort from fifth former Joel Smyth.

"He had an excellent work rate, his tackling was superb and had a number of big carries and was certainly our man of the match."

Belfast High School coach Mickey Rainey: "I thought we had a constructive start to the second half but for all our pressure we were unable to secure any points."

Rainey added he was pleased with his team's performance on the day.

"We just couldn't score points but Foyle played well and had a couple of good players. Their scrum-half controlled well but we also had a few outstanding players. I felt fifth former Ryan Gibson, our blind side wing forward showed up well. He made a lot of ground with good ball carrying and tackled abrasively."

The win gives Foyle a home draw against Antrim Grammar

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