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Foyle clinch maiden Schools' Trophy

Foyle College 15 - Banbridge Academy 11

By Ronnie Ingram

Foyle College, who have won the Danske Bank Schools' Bowl three times in the past decade, clinched the Schools' Trophy for the first time yesterday with a narrow 15-11 win over Banbridge Academy in Dungannon.

Banbridge had the wind in their favour in the first period and went in front after 10 minutes with a penalty from their out-half Tom Flanagan.

Ten minutes later, prop John Wilson crashed over for an unconverted try but Foyle replied on the half-hour. With a three-on-one close to the Banbridge line, it looked as though a golden scoring opportunity had been squandered but back row forward Ultan Clancey came to the rescue to gather and dive over.

The Down team had a second penalty to lead 11-5 at the interval.

Foyle used the wind better after the restart and had the territorial advantage and possession for most of the second period. After 20 minutes of the half, they took a one-point lead when Josh Cole kicked over the Bann defence to allow centre Matthew Alford to score. Killene Thornton then added the points.

Five minutes later, Thornton kicked a penalty. In the closing minutes Banbridge won scrums and line-outs close to their opponents' line but were unable to penetrate the stout Derry defence.


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