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Portadown College ease past Friends' School

Friends' School 5 - Portadown Coll 16

The first half was evenly contested but once Portadown College got into their stride they looked the better team in Lisburn.

"We took the lead following a penalty into the corner and from the line-out flanker Adam Milligan crashed over," commented home coach Stephen Robinson.

"Portadown came back with what I would consider a soft try, as a couple of tackles were missed, but for the remainder of the half there was little between us.

"I felt we controlled most of the play at that stage but then errors started to creep in after the restart and two penalties made out task more difficult."

Andrew Symington, the visiting coach said: "We started slowly but we came back with a well planned try. Following a line out, play was in the middle of the park and a blindside move allowed our captain and centre Niall Davidson to show his class when he linked with Michael Orr for the out-half to score.

"In the second period Friends' started to leak penalties and Davidson put us six points in front. Our second try was a well-taken effort. Winger Jordan Dowds had a one on one with his opposite number and ran through him and then side-stepped the full-back to finish well.

"I must give credit to them but our defence was excellent after the early try. I'm pleased for the boys who have put in a lot of work over the months. We now have a tie against Limavady Grammar, a team not on our fixture list so I know little about them. Thankfully in a case like that, we have home advantage which is a big asset."

Robinson felt his team didn't play as well as they had shown in training

He added: "We worked hard and didn't lie down but too many errors crept in. The final pass went astray and a few mistakes at crucial times made all the difference. We had a very young team in action so I am optimistic for the next couple of seasons."

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