Monday, January 24, 2022
Down High victory

Down High victory

Methodist College next for Down High Medallion side Danske Bank Medallion Shield third round Down High 14 Antrim Grammar 7 DOWN High’s Medallion side hosted an ambitious Antrim Grammar team in the third round of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield on Saturday morning. This was the local side’s first game in the competition with the visitors having defeated Foyle College in the previous round. Things got off to a great start for Down High when 10 minutes into the game, playing with the wind, wing Alex Watson finished off an excellent set piece play, taking the final pass from Scott Mitchell after the forwards had secured a solid platform at the scrum. Ben Cassidy added the conversion. Following this early score, half backs George Thompson and Ben Cassidy managed the game well to keep Antrim deep in their own territory and with this pressure it wasn’t long before another try followed. This time it was prop James Jackson who fully capitalised on an Antrim blunder on their own line to touch down a loose ball. Again, Ben Cassidy slotted the conversion giving Down High a 14-0 lead. This strong start to the game turned out to be crucial as despite a few good opportunities in the second half, Down High were unable to add to their points tally. Instead, Antrim upped their game and asked plenty of questions of the Down defence, with centre Brett Kelly delivering some important cover on a few occasions. However, with 15 minutes to go Antrim closed the deficit to seven points when their number 8 scored a converted try off the back of a scrum inside the Down 22 area, leaving a nervous finish to the game. In the final period, both teams mounted attacks but ultimately neither were clinical enough to score and when the final whistle went it brought relief for the home side as they had secured a berth in round four. The draw took place on Saturday evening and Down High will now play Methodist College, Belfast, at home on Saturday, January 22.

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