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Portadown's star man Nelson looking to continue his hot streak against BRA

Big threat: Dylan Nelson in action against BRA last year and will be a danger again this afternoon
Big threat: Dylan Nelson in action against BRA last year and will be a danger again this afternoon

By Ronnie Ingram

Dylan Nelson will be Portadown College's danger man when they meet Belfast Royal Academy in the Danske Bank Schools' Bowl at Campbell College this afternoon (2.30pm).

The centre has excelled in all his school's ties and has scored in them all, except in the Bowl quarter-final against Grosvenor Grammar, although he did have a big part to play in the tries by Daniel Moorcroft and Daniel Neill that secured a 17-12 victory.

In the Cup, the season's top try scorer ran in two against Limavady Grammar and one in the defeat by Rainey Endowed.

In the semi-final of the Bowl he was still playing havoc with the opposing defence and crossed twice in the 31-24 win over Friends' School.

Portadown have two sets of brothers in their team with the Flacks, Drew at scrum-half and captain Brett at full-back, while Matthew Neill plays in the centre with Ryan at wing forward.

They also have a more than capable kicker in Adam Speers in a squad that combines experience with youth.

"We have six players from Year 14, nine from Year 13 and eight from Year 12, so we feel we have the right balance and the prospects are good for the future," commented coach Andrew Symington.

BRA lost narrowly in the Cup to Sullivan Upper, with elusive winger Daniel Logan scoring twice in a 25-19 defeat, but bounced back with an 18-12 win over Lurgan College in the Bowl.

They needed an injury time try to eliminate Regent House 15-14 in the semi-final.

Coach David Creighton feels their season has been rather mixed.

"We have had some good results and some poor ones but it would be pleasing to finish with a victory and the school's first senior trophy since the Subsidiary Shield in 2005," he said.

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