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Late, late show by Ballyclare books a fourth round trip to holders RBAI

Lurgan College 18-35 Ballyclare High School

The result of this tie was in doubt until the closing 10 minutes when Ballyclare High ran in two tries to qualify for a fourth round away tie to the holders RBAI.

Scott Wilson kicked two early penalties for Lurgan before visiting forward Aaron Playfair grounded the ball over the five-metre line but realised he was short and managed to scramble to his feet and touch down over the actual try line.

Adam Clarke added a penalty before the visitors scored their second try to make it 13-6 at half time.

This came right on the whistle when Jack Lewis burst from the opposing 10-metre line to make it to the corner.

Owen Kirk ran an aggressive hard line to score untouched under the posts for Clarke to goal but Lurgan came back when a forward surge resulted in an overlap and any one of four players could have scored.

It was Michael Boulos who touched down for Wilson to convert.

An excellent piece of vision and a kick through by Clarke led to Kirk's second for Ballyclare to make the score 25-13.

The home team managed to reply when Wilson ran in for a solo effort.

Lurgan had kept in the contest but fatigue stared to set in and the visitors took advantage with those two late scores.

Clarke showed some individual flair to score to the left of the posts and Kirk helped himself the sixth.

It came after accurate passing and team play between forwards and backs and was probably the try of the morning.

However, Lurgan coach Kyle McCallan was delighted with the way his team kept in the game:

"We started well but full credit to Ballyclare for their finishing," he said.

"Their final two tries were well worked with accurate kicks over our tiring defence."

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