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Bangor brush past Limavady while Antrim book place

By Ronnie Ingram

Bangor Grammar qualified for the third round of the Danske Bank Schools' Cup after a dominant second half that produced 26 points against Limavady Grammar 36-13.

Coach Jason Morgan was satisfied with the effort but felt his team left a lot of points behind in the first half.

"Our Ulster Schools' flanker Matthew Agnew, who was playing at No 8, had a tremendous game charging through once in each half to score a try," he said.

"I also thought Conor McKee had some powerful runs and Martin Withers was strong at prop."

It was Withers who finished off the first move to put Bangor ahead before Agnew touched down but Limavady kept in the contest with two Jim McCartney penalties.

After the restart, Bangor dictated the play and ran in four more tries. Their backs were given plenty of opportunities to run the ball with centre Charlie Blair the first to show his speed.

Hooker Thomas Boyd scored on the left for Zack Kerr to goal before Limavady intercepted for Mark Woods to run in for McCartney to goal. Later Blair added his second as did Agnew for Kerr to convert both.

The lighter Foyle College pack had problems with the larger Antrim Grammar forwards but a better second half resulted in a 20-8 home victory.

This was a brave and determined effort by Antrim who were playing in the second round for the first time.

They were ahead on two occasions and managed to hold their opponents to a 3-0 interval lead. Matthew Orr kicked the home penalty but Antrim replied when a catch and drive resulted in No 8 and captain Daniel McGrandles barging over.

Orr added a second penalty but some hard graft by Antrim was rewarded with a McCartney penalty.

In the final quarter, Foyle's David Jackson sliced through the defence and was brought down just short. Out-half Conail Gill scored and later cut through for his second both of which were goaled.

Danske Bank Schools' Cup Trophy: Wellington College 0 Banbridge Academy 5, Belfast High 3 Lurgan Col 0, Carrickfergus Grammar 13 Larne Grammar 17

Danske Bank Medallion Shield: Ballymena Academy 5 Friends' School 26, Larne Grammar 0 Limavady Grammar 0, RS Armagh 35 Down High 0, Omagh Acad 28 Dromore High 3, Portora Royal 3 Banbridge Acad 3

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