Dalriada fight back to advance to the next round of Danske Bank Schools’ Cup

Thursday, 26 January 2017

LIMAVADY Grammar School hosted Dalriada in the third Round of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup with Dalriada emerging from the game as 13-5 winners. The first half saw Dalriada dominate territory but try to run the ball from everywhere on the pitch. However, too often their passing was not good enough and that allowed Limavady off the hook on a number of occasions. From one such loose pass Limavady kicked the ball downfield and, only for a last ditch effort from the Dalriada fullback, Luke Pollock, the home team might have scored.
From a lineout the Limavady Grammar School pack produced quality possession which enabled their impressive number eight, David Brown, to force his way over the whitewash. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but this was enough to give the home side a five-nil lead at halftime.
The Dalriada coaches had some stern words at half-time and their team started the second half with more purpose.
They were rewarded quite quickly with a penalty when a Limavady player failed to release the ball. Second row, Paddy Elliott, struck the ball confidently to reduce the Dalriada deficit to 5-3. It was now a case of game on. Dalriada tried to play an expansive game but Limavady frustrated them and forced the visitors into making mistakes.
In one of the few instances when Dalriada maintained possession they drove the ball deep into the Limavady half. After recycling the ball through several phases Scott Gamble burst through to score an important unconverted try to give his Dalriada School team an 8-5 lead.


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