U17s into Ulster Cup semi-final

BANN’S U17 side had to work hard for this win in the quarter-final of the Ulster Cup.

Lurgan played well to their strengths, namely a big solid pack and tactically astute out-half, but ultimately the greater all-round ability of the home side told.

Adam Copes’ early try, converted by Macauley Little, edged Bann ahead, but Lurgan’s penalty kept them within striking distance until hard-working No 8 Neil Cochrane sealed the win with his team’s second try, with Little again adding the extras.

Bann now host Clogher Valley in the semi-finals, with the winners going through to the May 5 final at Ravenhill, where they will meet the winners of the Malone – Randalstown semi-final.