Ballymena Academy, having just returned from their Portugal training camp, hosted Limavady Grammar on a cold and damp Saturday morning.
The home team struggled to settle into the game and the first twenty minutes saw both sides enjoying dominant periods of territory and possesion.
Midway through the first half, Ballymena generated a turnover and the ball was moved wide to Marcus Rea who showed power and pace to finish in the corner. Andrew Magrath added the conversion for a 7 - 0 lead and did so again when the score doubled to 14 - 0 following a Josh McIlroy try.
After the half-time break, Ballymena looked in much more control and their dominant maul provided an excellent platform for several tries. Josh McIlroy crossed the line twice in five minutes and a further Magrath conversion stretched the lead to 26 - 0.
The Ballymena Academy set piece was proving to be a useful attacking weapon and full back Dean Reynolds added the next two tries for the home team; the first an outstanding individual effort from the halfway line.
Andrew Magrath’s conversion made the score 38 - 0 and, fittingly, the Ballymena Academy captain Josh McIlroy rounded off the scoring with his fourth try of the morning for a 43 - 0 home win.
Ballymena Academy: Reynolds, Small, McIlroy, Kernohan. Hanna, Magrath, Stronge; Moody, Gaston, Bill, McNabney, Rea, Allison, McKeown, Thompson. Rep. Forsythe, Holmes