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Foyle prove too strong for Friends'

Foyle & Londonderrn C 24 Friends' School 0: Foyle completely dictated the pattern of play in the first half 21-0 and although Friends' later came back gamely, they took too long to make an impression in Londonderry.

It was a morale boosting start for the home team with a try after two minutes.

It was a team effort try coming after a line-out with Mark Wilson going between the posts for Alex McDonnell to convert the first of his three in the half.

The out-half then side stepped his opposite number to run around behind the posts.

At this stage, Foyle were monopolising the possession and although Friends' defended stoutly and did break away on a couple of occasions, they seldom looked like crossing their opponent's line.

Just before the halfway stage, following more picking and driving, back row forward Niall Adair was driven over.

The Lisburn side grew into the tie and won a limited amount of ball in the second period, but the home confidence was high and scoring chances were snuffed out.

Foyle still looked dangerous but the only points in the period came from a McDonnell penalty.

Coach David Barnett said: "They were good at the breakdown and provided the opportunities to control the play.

"We were in their half for most of the first period, were very efficient and took our chances when they came. Our captain and No 8 Patrick Leeson and flanker Niall Adair did their bit while Sam McCord, Lee Brady and Fraser Millen did most of the dirty work."

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