Friends School 10 Limavady Grammar 21
Two tries by Joel Stirling helped Limavady Grammar secure a Schools’ Cup fourth round tie away to Dalriada.
Limavady built up a 13-3 half-time lead and then opened up an 18 point gap before Friends hit back with a late consolation try in Lisburn.
Limavady coach Stephen Barr paid tribute to Friends for battling right to the end.
“Their try at the end was well warranted,” he said.
“The score didn't accurately reflect our dominance but then again we threw away too many scoring opportunities,” Barr explained.
Friends coach Stephen Robinson felt his team could take some positives from the match.
“We defended well but I’m a bit disappointed we didn't exert more pressure,” said Robinson.
The visitors gained the advantage up front and with a couple of driving centres and a speedy winger they scored three tries.
Early pressure led to a Jack McCool penalty before the ball was swung out wide for left winger Stirling to go in at the corner.
The home team stayed in the tie with a Ross Robinson penalty but just before the interval Limavady increased their advantage.
The backs and forwards combined with some good passing before Richard Baird crossed.
The Co Londonderry side also had other chances to score but squandered them.
With 10 minutes remaining the ball was again moved wide for Stirling to dash in for his second try.
McCool then had a wind assisted penalty from half-way to make it 21-3.
Despite this deficit Friends refused to give up and right at the end they mounted an attack that resulted in a try from centre Peter Ferguson which Robinson goaled.