A young Limavady held their more experienced opponents until well into the second-half before a late try sent Regent House into the quarter-finals of the Schools’ Cup.
Limavady, with 11 fifth formers in their line-up, found themselves behind when, following a break out of defence, Jamie McKnight scored with Nathan Burns converting via a post.
The home team, with only four players back from last year, struck back when a kick into the corner set up a line-out from which Conor Crampsie drove over for Nathan Barr to convert. Barr then added a 45 metre penalty to give the underdogs a 10-7 interval advantage
Ten minutes into the second-half Regent center John Quigg crashed over to regain the lead, but Limavady kept up the pressure and were rewarded when following a number of phases around the Regent line, replacement Conor McKee touched down for Barr to make it 17-12.
Straight away good work by the visiting three-quarters led to a ruck from which prop forward Stephen Deering barged over to level.
Regent started to gain the upper hand with five minutes to go. A couple of attacking back moves led to a ruck on the '22' and Deering showed his strength when a great leg drive took him over for the winning try.
Regent coach Eric Sinnamon said: “ We knew it would be tough. Limavady are a team for the future. With so many young and talented players they will be very competitive in a couple of years.”