Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

One-way traffic as Millsop leads way

Northern Bank Trophy

Portadown College stormed into the semi-finals of the Northern Bank Trophy when they ran in eight tries against Wellington College 47-7.

In the second round of the Schools' Cup they were narrowly defeated by Down High 21-19 so they are expected to go far in this competition.

It was a rather one sided affair with the home forwards dictating the pattern of play. They forged ahead to a 29-0 interval advantage but appeared to ease off as the game progressed.

William Millsopp, a speedy and sturdy winger scored three tries. Over six foot tall and fifteen stone he outpaced the opposition. Stephen Hughes also made his presence felt continually crashing through in the centre and setting up many tries but it was the pack who controlled.

They kept winning Wellington ball and made full use of it whereas the Belfast team were inclined to kick away any possession they won. In the second period Wellington came back and an awkward bounce behind the home line gave them a try.

Towards the close it was again Portadown who added a couple of late scores. They are now away to Strabane Grammar while Antrim Grammar and Cambridge House drew and one of them has a hone tie with Carrickfergus Grammar

Portadown coach Andrew Symington was content with the effort ' I just hope we can do as well against Strabane'

Schools' Trophy quarter-finals: Lurgan College 3 Strabane Grammar 8, Belfast High 0 Carrickfergus Grammar 5, Antrim Grammar 10 Cambridge House 10, Portadown College 47 Wellington College 7

The draw for the semi-finals is: Antrim Grammar or Cambridge House v Carrickfergus Grammar, Strabane Grammar v Portadown College

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