Schools’ Cup campaign ends with home defeat for College

Niall Davison building up the pace at home to Limavady Grammar School. Pics by PressEye Ltd.INPT05-105''PTSCHOOLS14
Niall Davison building up the pace at home to Limavady Grammar School. Pics by PressEye Ltd.INPT05-105''PTSCHOOLS14

Portadown College’s Schools’ Cup ambitions ended with defeat on home soil last weekend by 30-22.

The College boys lost out to Limavady Grammar School, although a bright start was rewarded with a Niall Davidson penalty.

The visitors increased the pressure and registered a penalty before a try thanks to winning possession off a lineout.

The conversion pushed the gap to 10-3 in the second-round fixture.

It was 17-3 moments later thanks to quality pack play and another converted try.

A penalty left Limavady in control at 20-3 but the College response featured hard work by Davidson and a flowing backline attack capped by Jordan Dowds’ unconverted try.

Davidson’s slick kick at the start of the second half placed Limavady on the backfoot and Jacob McKeeman made his mark with a try.

The conversion was steered over, once again, by Davidson.

It was 25-15 to Limavady but the College combined thanks to Michael Orr and Stewart Hodgen, with the latter’s try converted by Davidson.

An unconverted try, however, in the closing moments left Limavady on top at the close of play.