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Banbridge find it’s not good to talk as Roesiders progress

Limavady Gram 13 Banbridge 7

Banbridge could well have won this tie but there was far too much 'back chat' to the referee and, in consequence, they forfeited too many penalties.

This not only allowed Limavady to clear their line time and again but gave them increased confidence.

It was always going to be a close encounter but Limavady took their opportunities while Banbridge were slow to get into the game.

The home team had top performers in Ulster Schools' Under 19 players Robin Craig and Shay McIntosh but Conor Crampsie, Tyler Mitchell and captain Peter Wilson also made large contributions. Another player to have an excellent game was out-half Nathan Barr who was showing his skills at kicking.

McIntosh's other back row forwards Andrew Given and Peter Fallows also made their presence felt as they dominated the loose.

After five phases of play it was the visitors who took the lead when scrum-half James Gibson touched down for Shandon Scott to convert. From then on Limavady controlled the rest of the play and they reduced the deficit to 7-3 when Barr added difficult penalty from far out on the '22'.

Just on half-time they inflicted a telling blow with their first try to give them a 10-7 interval advantage. It came after sustained pressure with tight head forward Philip Moon touching down for Barr to kick the conversion fifteen metres in from touch. This was a fair reflection of the first half although both teams had come close to scoring on a number of times.

The trend continued after the restart with Banbridge giving away stupid penalties due to lack of control and Limavady gladly accepting them. Barr again added a long penalty from the ten metre line to make it 13-7.

Banbridge had a couple of runs during this period but never made any headway as Peter Wilson and Barr kept pushing them back. It was not an entertaining game but Limavady did enough to keep them in front and earn them a home tie with Ballymena Academy.

Coach Stephen Barr was absolutely delighted: “This is the first time in four seasons that we have two home draws in a row so we will have to make full use of it.

“I know we defeated Ballymena 15-5 in December but this is a different game.”

Limavady Grammar: M.Haslett, P.Wilson, C.Crampsie, P.Moon, J.Purcell, R.Craig, A Campbell, A.Given, P.Fallows, S.McIntosh, N.Barr, S.Hull, J.O'Hara, A.Blair, T.Mitchell, C.Crouch, C.Dixon, S.Olphert, A.Robinson, L.Evans, J.Evans, D.Boyd

Banbridge Academy: M.Runciman, J.Weir, M.Ross, C,Craig,,J.Gibson, S.Scott, H.Harbinson, D.Currie, J.McKane, B.Redmond, B.Martin, K.Martin, A.McConnell, N.McDonald, M.Sinton, C.Stirling, A.Herron, C.Watt, T.Morrow, J.Buchanan, B.Martin, H.Russell.

Referee: M.Surgenor

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