Schools' Cup: RBAI book Coleraine semi scrap
RBAI 19 RS Armagh 13: RBAI qualified to meet Coleraine Inst in the semi-final of the Northern Bank Schools' Cup at Ravenhill on Monday following their win at Osborne Park.
The teams drew 14-14 at Armagh last Saturday after the Belfast boys had needed eight points in the final four minutes to earn a draw and they made the most of their second bite of the cherry.
The visitors had the benefit of including Ulster Schools’ No.8 Neill Faloon and his inclusion certainly instilled confidence.
Despite this Inst still had the better of the forward exchanges while their opponents had stronger running backs.
Inst were determined to start strongly this time and they did just that when good forward play resulted in their captain and flanker Paddy Bell scoring for Matthew McGuigan to goal.
Armagh pressure led to a Harry Boyd drop-goal but the home team retorted with an excellent try.
Armagh had kicked through and McGuigan gathered and linked with winger Johnny McClure who ran in from his own 10 metre line.
McGuigan added the points but the visitors replied with a Daniel Rainey try in the left hand corner converted by Boyd so they were right back in the tie at the interval 14-10.
Good work by Nathan Boyd allowed Kevin McLean to make it 19-13 but once again Armagh's sustained pressure led to an Alastair Wright penalty who was deputising for the injured Boyd.
After this each team created chances but the strong defences held although it was Armagh who had the better finish and could well have snatched victory.
This came when they were awarded a penalty and elected to go for the corner.
Unfortunately for them the kick went ‘dead' and the chance was lost.