Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 May 2016

Home Sport Rugby Schools Cup

Friends miss their big chance

Ballymena Acad 11 Friends 11

Published 24/02/2010

Friends have earned a home replay against Ballymena Academy on Saturday, but the Lisburn boys should already be looking forward to a Schools’ Cup semi-final.

Leading 11-3, they allowed Ballymena back into the game to pull level by the end.

Craig Lewsley and Calum Patterson traded first-half penalties, but three minutes into the second period Friends' retorted with an excellent try.

After pressure on the home line scrum-half Ben Semple gathered from a ruck, dummied and dived over before Lewsley had a penalty to make it 11-3.

Ballymena came back with another Patterson penalty, but with 10 minutes remaining, the Lisburn team had a player yellow carded for a ruck infringement.

The home team piled on the pressure and after a line out and rolling maul, managed to touch down to level.

Man of the match Semple controlled the game, kicked intelligently into the corners and put Ballymena under pressure.

Friends' coach Stephen Robinson is confident about Saturday's replay, saying: “Our boys played exceptionally well. We maintained a lot of pressure which helped us gain a formidable lead. Unfortunately we suffered from the yellow card and but for that we would probably have won. We have no injuries problems so things look good for the replay.”

Ballymena Academy: C.Simpson, M.McBride, C.Delpy, P.Storey, C.Morrison, C.Patterson, P.Banda, S.McNabney, K.Galloway, G.Hargy, M.Rea, D.Whann. T.Patton, J.Andrew, P.Wallace, J.McClelland, J.Fleming, M.Galbriath, J.Foster, M.McMurray, P.McKerr, M.Dick, G.Dennison.

Friends' School: K.McCorkell, A.Trimble, C.Ross, J.Robinson, R.McCaughey, P.Ferguson, J.Vance, D.McGuigan, B.Semple, R.McIvor, D.Eastwood, A.Vance, M.Cochrane, P.Pringle, C.Lewsley, S,Seeds, S.Harris, J.Murphy, J.Thompson, B.McMullan, P.Anderson, J.Dennison.

Referee: C.Bassett.

How to Complain

If you have a complaint about the editorial content of the Belfast Telegraph or Sunday Life then contact the Editor here. If you are not satisfied with the response provided then you can contact the Independent Press Standards Organisation here

From the web

Your Comments

COMMENT RULES: Comments that are judged to be defamatory, abusive or in bad taste are not acceptable and contributors who consistently fall below certain criteria will be permanently blacklisted. The moderator will not enter into debate with individual contributors and the moderator’s decision is final. It is Belfast Telegraph policy to close comments on court cases, tribunals and active legal investigations. We may also close comments on articles which are being targeted for abuse. Problems with commenting?

Read More

From Belfast Telegraph