Silverware joy as Banbridge Academy claim the School's Trophy
Belfast High School were left to rue their inability to convert their first-half dominance into points as Banbridge Academy won the Danske Bank Schools' Trophy for the second time in four seasons at Roughfort.
Banbridge missed a kickable penalty after 12 minutes but a flowing move three minutes later resulted in left winger Troy Pinion touching down beside the posts for Ben Thompson to add the points.
High School fought back gallantly and dominated the remainder of the half but couldn't climb onto the scoreboard; indeed, a long Simon White penalty attempt hit the post.
Banbridge's Jonathan McIntosh stole the ball at a line-out five minutes into the second period. He fed right winger Michael McGaffin, who outstripped his opposite number to go over.
High School came back again but the stubborn defence held before Banbridge centre Ross Cartmill intercepted inside his own '22' and ran the length of the pitch to be brought down five metres short. A penalty ensued and Thompson made it 15-0, the last points of the game.
Banbridge coach Brian Leslie felt his team had the edge. He said: "This was probably our best performance of the season. There was little between the teams but if High School had capitalised on their opportunities, the victory would not have been so convincing."
Rainey Endowed defeated Regent House 17-15 in the first round replay of the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield. Rainey are now at home to Down High in the semi-final on Saturday week.
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