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Congratulations to the 1st XV who beat Portadown 26-14 to lift the Danske Bank Schools’ Bowl.

The Belfast Telegraph reported the match thus:

Academy end long wait for trophy success by halting Portadown recovery

Belfast Royal Academy 26-14 Portadown College

It’s been 13 years since Belfast Royal Academy last won a Senior schools’ trophy so their comfortable Danske Bank Bowl final victory over Portadown College was very welcome.

Academy built up an 18 point advantage in the Campbell College showdown but their opponents fought back to reduce the gap to only four points just after the interval.

Full-back Harry Warke had a large part to play in his team’s success, kicking two early penalties before adding the points to a Daniel Logan try. This came after Warke broke down the right and made ground before putting winger Logan in.

The second came when the forwards advanced up the middle and scrum-half Aaron Lyons linked with prop forward Nicky Ryan, who crashed over.

Portadown pressure was rewarded when flanker Ryan Neill crossed and then full-back Brett Flack scored the second for Adam Speers to convert both.

BRA would regain the initiative, however, when the forwards worked the ball down into Portadown territory, allowing No 8 Tom Stewart to touch down and ease some nerves.

Later, Warke added a third penalty, much to the delight of coach David Creighton.

“It was a tricky enough trophy to win that involved three games and I felt our performance this afternoon warranted the victory,” he said.

By Ronnie Ingram

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