Saturday marked the start of the Dansk Bank Schools Cup with the two Round 1 matches taking place with Strabane Academy entertaining Carrick Grammar and, my old school, the mighty Larne Grammar making the short jaunt to Cambridge House, Ballymena. 

Strabane  Academy 17 Carrick Grammar 0

Strabane were under pressure for most of this game but they were clinical in taking their chances when they arose. 

The home side’s scoring was topped and tailed with unconverted tries from captain Oran O’Neil either side of an individual effort from Jamie Brown, converted by Ralph Mealiff. 

Strabane now travel to Lurgan College for the Round 2 game on Saturday 7th January. 

Pictures below from Keith Elgin

Cambridge House 8 Larne Grammar 10

Larne Grammar dominated much of this game in terms of territory and possession, with their scrums particularly dominant. However Cambridge House coped with their attacks reasonably comfortably and it looked as though they had delivered the ultimate sucker punch when their centre broke from deep to feed Kane McIlroy to score n unconverted try with ten minutes to go. 

The visitors responded almost immediately with Micah Stevenson barging over from close range after a charge down had created havoc in the Cambridge defense. Jonny Farquar added the extras to give Larne a 5 – 7 lead. 

The drama continued to ramp as James Bovill slotted over an impressive penalty to put Cambridge one point in front but the last play of the game saw Larne awarded a penalty for Sam Wood to convert and claim the match. 

Larne will now host Dalriada for their Round 2 game on Saturday 7th January. 

Pictures below from John McMurtry.

The fixtures for the Round 2 Games on Saturday 7th January now read as follows: 

Belfast High School v Limavady Grammar
Banbridge Academy v Dromore High School
Foyle College v Regent House
Friends School v Antrim Grammar
Portadown College v Wellington College
Lurgan College v Strabane Academy
Larne Grammar v Dalriada School