Schools Cup Round 2 Match Report – Limavady GS vs Belfast High School

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The 1st XVl travelled to Belfast High for the School’s Cup Second Round. Limavady Grammar emerged as 20-16 winners. The game started off at a frantic pace with both teams determined to play in a positive manner. This led to an exciting start to the game but all too often mistakes from both teams at crucial times interrupted the flow. That was until ten minutes into the game when the Belfast High School team was on the attack but a stray pass was intercepted by Jamie Young. Jamie took off with a number of despairing Belfast High School defenders in hot pursuit. However, Jamie managed to outpace them and finished his run in with a try under the home team posts. Jim McCartney added the extras to give his Limavady Grammar School team a 7-0 lead.  Belfast High pressurised Limavady Grammar into conceding a number of penalties which ensured they gained some territorial advantage. From one such penalty, close to the Limavady posts, Simon White, was successful with the conversion to reduce the deficit to 7-3. Limavady went on the attack, Robbie Hunter and David Brown were effective at securing ball at the breakdown on a number of occasions. This enabled them to launch a series of attacks on Belfast High’s line. James Howe thought he had secured a try from one such attack only to be penalised for a double movement. Just before halftime Jim McCartney increased the  lead to 10-3 when he was successful with a penalty kick.

Belfast High started the second half strongly. They encamped themselves in the Limavady “Red Zone” and got due reward for their endeavours when a penalty was taken quickly by Sam McBride to touch down for an unconverted try which reduced the arrears to 10-8. Good work from Chris McKee and Robbie Hunter then took the Limavady team deep into Belfast High School territory. A penalty following a lineout infringement gave Jim McCartney the opportunity to convert another penalty kick which increased the lead to 13-8. From the restart a series of mistakes from the Limavady pack presented Simon White with a penalty opportunity, which he converted, to reduce the Limavady Grammar School lead to 13-11. The Limavady pack now started to take control of the set piece plays. Good work from Ben Riley presented David Brown with the opportunity to score a try. Jim McCartney was successful with the conversion to give the Limavady Grammar School team a 20-11 in the final quarter of the game. Belfast High scored a later unconverted try. However, that was not enough to prevent Limavady from winning this encounter by 20-16.