Under-14s set up a last four clash with Bannsiders


STRABANE under-14s ran rampant at Cooke on Saturday during a 47-5 victory at Shaws Bridge, which has seen them progress to the last four of the Ulster Plate.

The Tyrone lads got off to a great start when winger Jordan Sayers caught the kick off and tore through the Cooke defence and was unlucky to be hauled down just short of the line.


Good recycling eventually saw centre Cain Lafferty show his pace to score. Shea Collins converted.

Before Cooke knew what had happened, Strabane got two more quickfire scores through Cain, who finished off strong work from the pack, and Willy Rodgers.

The home team eventually got going, but solid defence held them out and they were soon scratching their heads under their posts again after an Andy Keys try.

From the restart, Ross Brown caught the kick-off and expertly side-stepped the defenders and scorched round the cover to leave the half-time score 0-33 as Shea kicked four conversions.

The second half saw another quick score, set up by a storming run by Fionn Shakespeare, who unselfishly offloaded to the supporting Collins. The tie was officially over when the conversion made it 0-40 and Strabane made eight substitutions to give everyone some game time.

Cooke managed a consolation try but the visitors had the last word when concerted pressure led to a loose pass and James Thompson pounced to score, with Ross converting.

A much sterner test awaits in the semi-final against Coleraine today and the club requests all supporters come along to the Bradley Way pitch at 11am to cheer on the under-14s in their quest for glory.


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