A blistering 39-0 win over The Royal School Dungannon booked Belfast High’s place in round four of the Danske Bank Schools’ Cup.
Tries from Joel McBride, Adam White (two), Matthew Connolly (two), Darren Scott and a Robbie Reid penalty in Wednesday afternoon’s third-round replay secured their passage to the next stage when a trip Bangor Grammar awaits (February 9).
The High School had played out a hard-fought 17-17 draw with Dungannon on Saturday, but they set the tone with just three minutes on the clock in this match when McBride crossed the line for an uncoverted try.
Dungannon’s passing wasn’t as slick as it could have been and errors crept into their game. The home side took full advantage and were soon 12 points to the good when centre White crashed over with Reid adding the extras from his conversion which made it’s way over with the help of the post.
In the second session smart kicking from McBride kept Dungannon under pressure. And, with the visitors struggling to gain ground, White crossed the line after a tidy passing move. His try was converted.
Things went from bad to worse for Dungannon when Ulster Under-18 second-row Lewis Benson snatched possession from a line-out, before Connolly rounded off another slick play with a converted try.
Spirited Dungannon battled to claw their way back into the game but even at 26-0 up, Belfast High weren’t done yet. Jordan Garford, star of the show in the High’s second-round win over Banbridge Academy, blazed his way through to set up Connolly for his second score of the afternoon.
Reid put even more distance between the sides with a well-taken penalty, and replacement Darren Scott put the icing on the cake with a late try to wrap up a memorable win.
Belfast High School: Hutchinson - Bell, Garford, White, Connolly - McBride, Creighton - White, McConkey (c), McDermott - Benson, Edwards - Elliott, Reid, Shaw. Replacements: McConkey, Mitchell, Brennan, McManus, Steenson, McGurk, McFarland, Love, Scott, Huntley, Gregg.