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Schools' Cup: Portora Royal 10 Larne GS 21

This was mainly a contest between the two packs with Larne qualifying to face Belfast High in the third round.

Larne had a number of pick up and goes which led to the first try from Billy Brown and they continued to have the upper hand for most of the first half.

They were held up over their opponent's line on a couple of occasions before being awarded a penalty which Philip Andrews converted to give them a well deserved 8-0 interval advantage.

Portora reduced the arrears with an Adam Farrell try but, from the restart, Andrews kicked a second penalty to make the scoreline 11-5.

It was the visitors who scored next when Calum Patton picked up from the base of the scrum and went over for Andrews to goal.

Portora replied with a Ben Forbes try to bring them within eight points but Andrews made sure with another penalty.

Johnny Lowe, the Larne coach, was pleased with his side’s display.

“We played to the conditions and I feel they tried to play a handling running game which was probably wrong considering the wind and rain,” he said. “We bided our time to wait for the mistakes and then capitalised so we can now look forward to a home tie against Belfast High.”

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