Schools’ Cup: Down High 17 Foyle & Londonerry 6
It was a long journey home for Foyle & Londonderry College after their defeat to Down High, but the 17-6 scoreline doesn’t tell the full story.
The visitors missed too many penalties, had a try disallowed and it was only when they scored the game’s solitary try that Down were assured of their victory.
Down now have the daunting task of facing Ballyclare a team in excellent form under the expert coaching of New Zealander Dan Soper.
It was a very competitive contest which could have gone either way with Justin Rea putting Down in front with a penalty.
Kyle Henderson equalised, but too many attempts were missed and that appeared to demoralise the visitors.
Rea added two more to give the home team a deserved 9-3 interval advantage.
After the restart Foyle dominated the first 20 minutes, but despite the pressure their only reward was another penalty before Rea added his fourth for Down.
A forward surge from Down and Foyle did well to hold them up, but eventually Pat Calvert crossed for an unconverted try.
Down coach John Gunson said: “We had to defend well but our man-of-the-match was Justin Rea, not only for his kicking but his attacking ability and defending kept us in the tie.
“We're glad to be at home again in the next round and I can assure everyone that we will get stuck in, even though Ballyclare have already defeated both Campbell College and RBAI.”