The Down High School and Larne Grammar School under 14’s met on a bright sunny Saturday morning. Down had a good win to start the season the previous week and were fresh and excited for their next challenge. The first whistle blew and immediately Down were showing immense pressure inside Larne’s 22. Several carries from the forwards showed Alex Martin in the corner for an early first try. The conversion was narrowly missed. A couple of missed tackles caused a line break and Down’s defence was put to the test inside the 22. But the ball was turned over and cleared by skipper Robin Wilson. Larne found themselves defending again and slick hands from the backs saw Jack Carlisle go over the line. The try was converted and gave Down a handy 12-0 lead. Clever rugby led to more tries from Alex Martin, Harris McConnell and William Browne. 2 out of the 3 were converted. Larne kept their heads up and fought back with a nice powerful try from the centre. It was not converted. The whistle blew for half time with the scores being 31-5.
After some reflection on weak defence, Down stepped up to the mark and noticeably improved their efforts on keeping the Larne attack at bay. Down began the second half with a clear take and swift move to Callum Dunn who charged up the field and offloaded to Robin Wilson. An incredible display of blistering pace up the blind side resulted in a score between the posts. Wilson converted his own try. Larne spent much more of the game on the back foot than perhaps they would have wanted to, but defended well at times to slow the Down attack. In the final minutes, the ball was given out to full back Jack Carlisle who showed great feet work to cross the line for his second, which was converted. The game concluded with a quick line from flanker Ronan Patterson who scored under the posts, which again was converted to give Wilson a solid 6/8 kicks. The final whistle went with a convincing 52-5 victory to Down High School, a solid win for the boys in green.