LURGAN College took the honours in the final of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools Medallion final at Antrim GS last Thursday after seeing off Dalriada School from Ballymoney in a close fought match.
Lurgan had played fast flowing rugby all year but on the day, big match nerves set in and in the first half, it was Dalriada who looked like scoring. Despite being in the Lurgan half virtually the whole time, the game remained scoreless at the break and the locals were able to regroup and focus on what they ought to be doing.
The second half saw a significant improvement in play and it was no surprise when James Patterson kicked a penalty to give Lurgan the lead ten minutes into the second period. Sadly it was not to be until the final play of the match that Lurgan sealed the win when captain Ryan Osborne wriggled over in the corner to score the winning try and leave the final score at 8-0.
It was appropriate that the College boys won this trophy for they have played excellent running rugby all season and this victory was as much for their exploits in doing that as in winning the final on the day.
Coaches Brian Faith and Brian Hanna were both delighted and relieved at the final whistle and they would also thank parents and supporters who have been so loyal in attendance this season and also the Classic Mineral Water for their continued sponsorship of college rugby.
Squad: Jamie Hunter, Matthew Walker, James Patterson, Jordan Jones, Harry Simpson, Mark McGrath, Rhys Lilburn, Peter Beck, Philip McRoberts, Mark Montgomery, Adam Sloane, William Walker, Adam Pickering, William Craig, Dylan Mooney, Tireoghain O’Neill, Andrew Craig, Ryan Osborne, Daniel Elliott, Matthew Turner, Joel Currie and Joel McCreery.