Cambridge House 13 Limavady Grammar 27
Played under the lights at Eaton Park, Ballymena Rugby Club, Limavady produced a workmanlike display to progress into the second round of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup with a 27-13 win over Cambridge House.
On a perfect evening for a game of rugby a huge crowd gathered to witness a first class game.
Cambridge House started well and took an early 3-0 lead when James Bovill converted a penalty opportunity with a superb strike from the touchline.
But Limavady went into a 7-3 lead after a try from Mark Woods - finishing off some neat handling skills by the backline - was converted by Jim McCartney.
McCartney added a penalty and Limavady went into the break leading 15-3 when, having kicked a penalty to touch, the lineout and driving maul resulted in an unconverted try for Gurpatap Sandhu.
The Ballymena school started the second half strongly, and Bovill landed a penalty to peg the scoreboard back to 15-6.
Limavady then played their way back down the pitch and set up camp in the Cambridge House ‘22’. A series of well-constructed phase plays finished when David Mullen scored an unconverted try to increase Limavady lead to 20-6.
From the restart the game swung to the other end of the pitch. Sam Millar, the impressive Cambridge centre, broke through the Limavady defence and ran a great line to finish off with a try under the opposition posts. Bovill added the conversion to reduce the arrears to 20-13.
The last 10 minutes saw both teams raise the level of excitement by attacking at every opportunity. Cambridge House looked as if they were about to score only to see a loose pass intercepted.
Limavady’s Woods ran the length of the pitch to score a try. McCartney added the extras to secure the winning 27-13 margin.
Limavady will travel to meet Bangor Grammar in the second round on Saturday, January 23, while Cambridge House go into the Schools’ Trophy and will entertain Strabane Academy in a quarter-final tie.