Top marks as College boys march on in Schools’ Cup

Portadown College players enjoy the weekend Schools' Cup success. Pics by PressEye Ltd.
Portadown College players enjoy the weekend Schools' Cup success. Pics by PressEye Ltd.

Portadown College produced on the biggest stage of the season to date as Saturday’s trip to Friends’ Schools resulted in cup success.

The Danske Bank-sponsored Schools’ Cup first-round road trip finished in a 16-5 victory for the College boys.

The College now host Limavady Grammar School on Saturday, January 24.

“We are pleased for the boys after the hard work put in leading up to Saturday,” said Andrew Symington, head of boys’ PE at Portadown College. “We have not had a wonderful season so far in terms of results but I always took encouragement from the performance levels.

“The experiences of those highs and lows building up to Saturday helped us at that point.

“We have played better this season than on Saturday and both sides displayed nerves early on.

“The first score helped us settle down, after some basic early mistakes by both sets of players.

“It is nice to be in the next round, especially with a match at home now.

“We do not know much about Limavady at this stage.”

Training sessions at Chambers Park have helped the Portadown College squad’s development.

“Having access to Portadown’s club facilities and the ability to train under the floodlights has been a real bonus,” said Symington. “The numbers have been strong and you can see real signs of progress, the boys have come on leaps and bounds.”

Michael Orr and Jordan Dowds posted a try apiece, with Niall Davidson registering two successful penalty kicks.