On Monday 27th February our U16 Rugby XV made the long journey to Newcastle, Co. Down to play Shimna Integrated in the quarter final of the High School’s Plate. Shimna opened the scoring when their powerful No. 8 crossed the line for an early try. EIC responded with Daire Hill taking a quick tap penalty and shrugging off several tackles to score a try which he converted himself.
With Shimna scoring twice more in the first half and then again early in the second half it left the score 24 – 7. EIC faced an uphill battle but to their credit they regrouped and strong carries from Aaron Clarke and Callum Timlin along with dogged tackling from Oisin Murphy and Liam Martin saw a stirring comeback.
Tries from Clarke and Jordan Anderson and a further conversion from Hill brought the score to 24-19 but unfortunately time was not on their side and in the end it was Shimna who were relieved to hear the final whistle.