Academy coach wants the same again

AFTER watching his side produce a disciplined and decisive performance in dispatching Wellington College on Monday, Strabane Academy coach, Niall McDonnell is looking for more of the same this weekend.

On Wednesday, his charges will entertain Limavady Grammar in the semi-final of the Danske Bank Schools’ Trophy and are targeting a place in the decider for the first time ever.

And McDowell knows another concerted effort from his entire squad will be needed if they are to achieve their next aim.


“It’s these small victories that keep the buzz going in the school and against Limavady you just don’t know what will happen. We’ll give it a go, we’ll give it a crack and we’ll go and give it our very best,” he said.

“Defensively the boys were superb [against Wellington], I think the discipline was immense – they had two players yellow carded and their penalty count would have been well into double figures, maybe as high as 20, while our guys were disciplined at the breakdown and listened to the referee.

“I’m delighted for the boys because in terms of numbers, in terms of athletic ability, in terms of rugby playing ability, this is probably not the strongest team I’ve ever had, yet it’s the furthest the school has ever got!

“They got through round one, Belfast High were flattered by the scoreline in round two, and while it was a slightly fortuitous draw, Wellington are a better side, they put 40 points on Antrim.

“I’m absolutely delighted because they put so much work in and it was postponed twice, but they remain focused and you could see during the warm-up how in tune they were and how much it meant to them.”

Wednesday’s semi-final against Limavady Grammar School will take place at Liskey Road with a kick-off time to be confirmed

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