Cartmill strikes to break Inst hearts
RBAI 16 BRA 18
Belfast Royal Academy, who were much the better team, were trailing 15-16 with only a few minutes to go but justice was done when, after sustained pressure, David Cartmill dropped a goal to give them a Northern Bank Schools' Cup quarter-final home tie against Dalriada.
Academy started strongly and went ahead in the first few minutes when a ‘catch and drive' close to the home line resulted in Niall O'Neill touching down for David Cartmill to add the difficult conversion. Within a few minutes Inst levelled when Michael McAuley weaved through the Academy defence to run round behind the posts for John Elliott to eventually convert.
Elliott added a penalty but the visitors retorted before the interval. Out-half Stuart Olding went ‘blind' and made ground before sending full-back Jordan Buchanan in for their second try to make it 12-10.
Inst found Academy much harder to handle after the restart. Cartmill had a penalty which was cancelled out by Elliott.
Academy took up a position around the Inst ‘22' for most of the remainder of the tie. They came within a foot of scoring but lost possession and McAuley picked up and ran down to the opposing ‘22' where he was eventually caught. Inst were awarded a penalty and Elliott obliged to give them a rather flattering lead.
The north Belfast team kept to their task and immediately took play back to Inst. They came close to barging over a number of times but deservedly clinched victory with a Cartmill drop-goal.