The 1st XV defeated Portadown College 41-8 in the 2nd round of the Schools’ Cup on Saturday 21st January. They will face Regent House or Rainey at Roughfort in the the 3rd round on Saturday 4th February.
The Belfast Newsletter printed this match report:
Belfast Royal Academy proved too strong for Portadown College running out 41-8 winners. The first half saw the B.R.A. team take an early 3-0 lead thanks to a Conor McAuley penalty. Portadown College responded with a Matthew Neill penalty. Matthew Dalton then scored a try for the Belfast Royal Academy, which was converted by McAuley. This became 15-3 when the elusive Brandon Hasson outpaced the Portadown College defence before touching down for an unconverted try. The Portadown College team finished the first half on a high when Brett Fleck ran in for an unconverted try which left Belfast Royal Academy with a 15-8 lead at the break. They scored four more tries through Matthew Dalton, the hard-working Bradley Luney, who touched down twice, and Abullah Sabri. Conor McAuley was successful with three conversion kicks.