Danske Bank Schools' Cup

Commiserations to Grosvenor’s 1st XV rugby team which fell to the narrowest of defeats against Bangor Grammar School in the 2nd round of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup on Saturday 25th January.

The first half, played in extremely difficult conditions, saw Grosvenor start well and control affairs for most of the first half. Following sustained pressure they took play deep into the Bangor G.S. half and the strong Grosvenor pack displayed great determination with their attacks on the Bangor line. Eventually, one of these attacks paid off with hardworking flanker Sam Purdon barging his way over the opposition line to score a try following a series of “pick and go” attacks. The conversion attempt was unsuccessful but Grosvenor had a deserved 5-0 lead.

Despite this early lead, Grosvenor’s advantage was turned around shortly afterwards when its pack failed to deal adequately with the Bangor GS restart. The ball was turned over allowing the Bangor backline to launch a rare attack - Grosvenor’s defence was posted missing as the Bangor winger glided his way through to score a try under the Grosvenor posts. Ross McCloskey added the conversion to see his team into a 7-5 lead, a lead they held until the interval.

The second half saw Grosvenor dominate proceedings in the opening exchanges. However, handling errors and poor decision making ensured the home team could not convert the pressure into points. That was until midway through the second half when Bangor were penalised at the breakdown in front of their posts. Up stepped winger Jonah McDowell to convert the penalty and put his team into an 8-7 lead. Now it was the turn of the Bangor Grammar to turn possession into pressure. With just minutes remaining the pressure paid off when Grosvenor were penalised at the breakdown and McCloskey converted to give his team a slender 10-8 lead.

The Grosvenor team tried to get back into the game but could not convert last minute pressure into points. This ensured it was the Bangor G.S. team that won the game by 10 points to 8 and, with the win, secured a place in the third round of this year’s Danske Bank Schools’ Cup.

Well done to each of the Grosvenor players, who performed admirably on the day, as well as coaches Mr Kyle McCallan and Mr Gary Hunter whose hard work throughout the year has helped to team make such strides.

Grosvenor now look forward to a home fixture with Lurgan College in the quarter-final of the Danske Bank Schools’ Bowl on Saturday 8th February.

The Grosvenor and Bangor packs battle for superiority during their Danske Bank Schools' Cup second round encounter

Sam Purdon secures clean line-out ball againt Bangor Grammar School