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Schools' Cup: Carrick GS 13 Belfast High 20

This tie could have gone either way but, as it was, Belfast High were 13-3 in arrears at half-time but stormed back for victory.

Carrick, who lost to their opponents earlier in the season, played their best rugby in the first half, taking the lead with a Jonny Moore penalty which was cancelled out by Robbie Fryars.

Big No 8 Ross Davidson picked up and crashed over on the right for Moore to add the difficult conversion and he later added a second penalty.

The team talk did wonders for the High School at half-time as they started to control the encounter.

After a series of rucks, Aaron Blair crossed close to touch for Fryars to convert and then they had a penalty.

They pressurised the home line a number of times before centre Ryan Elliott ran in close to the posts for Fryars to convert.

Carrick did have a great opportunity in the closing minutes but a knock-on robbed them of a try which could well have helped them earn a replay. The visitors were under considerable pressure but held out.

Derek Wilson felt his team started badly and paid the price.

“It was error strewn but, once we got into the game, we tried to take our chances,” he explained.

“It was closely contested and we had to defend at the end.”

Gareth McClintock, the Carrick coach, added: “In the second half we were on the back foot although we did create a couple of chances late on.”

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