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Friends' School 30 Grosvenor GS 0

A team entering the competition at the second round is never expected to reach the quarter-finals but congratulations to Friends' who have now earned a home draw with BRA.

Grosvenor were rather unfortunate as they lost a couple of key players, Conor Kernohan and Mark Courtney through injury, so they had to bring on a new full back while Jack Kennedy moved from scrum half to No 10.

These changes took time to adjust and Friends' took advantage with four second half tries.

Friends' had already played three ties so the experience gained must have increased their confidence which helped them to a 8-0 interval lead. Ben McCaughey kicked a penalty before a run by Bradley Mulholland led to a David Newell try.

The Lisburn team continued to have the upper hand with plenty of possession as Grosvenor tired. The second try came from David Stewart before McCaughey crossed in the 50th minute. Five minutes later captain Adam Milligan dived over in the corner and centre Curtis Dundas showed his speed for the fifth which McCaughey goaled.

Grosvenor Coach Andy Gibson thought Friends' played well and their support play was excellent.

Stephen Robinson was pleased with the way his team rallied following the death of a family member of one of the squad just two days previously.

"They were determined to play their best so it was a satisfying performance. David Stewart, Curtis Dundas and Bradley Mulholland were outstanding in the backs and up front Adam McElwee, Connor Hall, Ross Gillespie and captain Adam Milligan all played their part," he said.

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