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Braid get opportunity for revenge in Medallion Shield

By Staff Reporter

The fourth round of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield brings together Ballymena Academy and RBAI in a repeat of last season's final, in which the Belfast team narrowly won 12-10.

This time the tie is in Ballymena while the only other seeded teams drawn to face each other are Ballyclare High and Dalriada.

Due to the weather on Saturday, there are still six third round ties to be decided including the replay of Portora Royal and Grosvenor Grammar, who drew 3-3.

It was a closely fought game at Orangefield with no score by the interval, although both teams had exerted some pressure.

Portora coach Alastair Keys said: "We eventually broke the deadlock with 10 minutes remaining when Reece Smyton kicked a penalty. From the restart, Grosvenor kept play in our half and were rewarded with a successful long penalty." Jos McConkey was the Grosvenor kicker.

Meanwhile, Friends' overwhelmed Belfast High with seven tries in a 43-0 triumph.

Friends' were 17-0 in front at half time thanks to a try from Ross Stewart followed by two from Bradley Mulholland, with Matthew Mulholland adding a conversion. George Pringle crossed for the next two tries for Luke Beattie to convert both and then Mulholland added his third which was also goaled before Luke Schofield scored at the end.

In the other tie concluded, Down High's fitness told in the end against Coleraine Inst in a 29-0 victory.

The fourth round draw (ties to be played before Jan 31): Friends' School v Methodist College, Ballymena Academy v RBAI, Ballyclare High v Dalriada, Sullivan Upper v RS Armagh/RS Dungannon, Limavady Grammar/Portadown College v Rainey Endowed/Banbridge Academy, Down High v Wallace High, Campbell College v Dromore High/Bangor Grammar and Grosvenor Grammar/Portora Royal v Belfast Royal Academy/Regent House.

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