BANN U19s 15
INSTONIANS U19s 10
Instonians’ fifth minute penalty was very much against the run of play, but they managed to hold onto that slender advantage on the scoreboard until late in the first half.
Bann flanker Richard Graham made the initial breach in the visitors’ line to set up a ruck five metres out from which prop Jonny McCreery proved unstoppable as he crashed over for the opening try.
Early in the second half lock Matthew Beck made a great break before off-loading to Ben Cross, with the centre defying the efforts of three defenders to bring him down as he made the try line.
Instonians were still very much in the game and prolonged pressure on the home line saw them pick up the converted try that levelled the scores with ten minutes remaining.
Bann responded from the re-start, with Graham’s strong, direct running taking him on a 30 metre run through the despairing tackle of the Inst full-back for the winning try.
Beck, a graduate from last season’s U-17 side, won the man-of-the-match accolade for a non-stop display of hard tackling and direct running.