Danske Ulster Schools Cup Match Report

 

Foyle and Londonderry College hosted a Portora Royal team they had played twice already this season.

IMG_2153_518x346The results from those games stood at one each so this one was sure to be a close encounter. So it turned out to be with the Foyle team winning the game by 31-24. Foyle College started the match strongly and dominated the first half. Foyle opened the scoring through their winger David Lapsley. This try was converted by Ulster Under19 player Neil Burns to give the Foyle College team a 7-0 lead. A short time later Foyle extended their lead to 14-0 through an interception by their centre, Ryan Curry, who ran in for his first of three tries. Once again Neil Burns converted the try to put the Foyle College team into a 14-0 lead. Just before half time the Foyle team scored the third try of the game through Ryan Curry. Once again, the try was converted by Neil Burns to give Foyle a 21-0 half time lead.

 


In the second half the Portora forwards started to come into the game. Positive play from the visitors resulted in a penalty for Portora which was converted by their scrum half and captain, James Stevenson, to make the score 21-3. Portora continued to have the upper hand which resulted in some excellent play leading to two tries, scored by Nathan Richmond and Eric Elliott and converted by James Stevenson, which took the score line to 21-17. The Foyle College team regrouped, gained some possession and started to put some phases of play together. This strategy resulted in Ryan Curry scoring his third try of the game which, once again, was converted by Neil Burns to take the score to 28-17. Foyle continued to put the Portora defence under pressure which resulted in a penalty which was slotted over the posts by Neil Burns to see the score board reading 31-17 in favour of the home team. In the final minutes the Portora forwards worked hard to score a try, which was touched down by John Clarke and converted by James Stevenson, to take the final score of this exciting game to 31-24 in favour of the Foyle and Londonderry College team.