College pupils on the road in first-round test at Friends

Daniel Mayhew (right), the Portadown College captain, at the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup launch. Also included at the first-round draw is Steven Kay. The College pupils visit Kay's Friends' School this weekend. Pic by Dicksondigital.
Daniel Mayhew (right), the Portadown College captain, at the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup launch. Also included at the first-round draw is Steven Kay. The College pupils visit Kay's Friends' School this weekend. Pic by Dicksondigital.
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The first-round test in Lisburn is one of seven fixtures on the schedule, with the full draw as follows:

Banbridge Academy v Antrim GS, Friends’ School v Portadown College, Limavady GS v Wellington College, Regent House v RS Dungannon, Cambridge House v Grosvenor GS, Carrickfergus GS v Lurgan College, Foyle College v Larne GS.

Daniel Mayhew, the Portadown College captain, lined out alongside his counterpart from Friends at the draw. The final will run on March 17 at the Kingspan Stadium.

Progress in the competition would provide the latest sporting boost for Portadown College following the pre-Christmas defeat of Southern Regional College by 7-1 in hockey’s Prior Shield final.

GRASSROOTS

Portadown under 14s recorded a 24-10 success on the road at Enniskillen despite making the trip with just 16.

Enniskillen produced a smart start but Ross Chambers scored then Portadown tested the hosts with multiple phases of play as Brent Magwood’s speed on the wing resulted in a try.

Enniskillen hit back to close the gap but Ryan Neill’s driving run resulted in another try which Drew Flack converted for a 17-5 advantage at half-time.

Enniskillen made the most of the numerical upper hand to introduce fresh legs for the second half but Portadown worked hard to restrict the home threat.

Chambers came close to additional points then Flack found space to force home a try and convert.

Callum Richardson, Magwood and Chambers proved spirited in attack and defence as Portadown finished with victory.

Scott McDowell, Jordan Robb, Peter McAdam also worked hard.