RUGBY: Larne hit back to see off Carrick Grammar in quarter-final derby

Carrick Grammar move the ball. INCT 04-200-AM
Carrick Grammar move the ball. INCT 04-200-AM
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Larne Grammar staged a dramatic second-half comeback to see off Carrick Grammar in Saturday’s Danske Bank Trophy quarter-final.

The eagerly anticpated East Antrim derby at North Road did not disappoint with Carrick setting the tone early on. They blazed into a 13-0 lead before Larne rallied in the second session, going on to win 17-13.

Larne Grammar on the attack against Carrick Grammar in their 17-13 win in the quarter-final of the Danske Bank Schools' Trophy. INCT 04-203-AM

Larne Grammar on the attack against Carrick Grammar in their 17-13 win in the quarter-final of the Danske Bank Schools' Trophy. INCT 04-203-AM

Good work from Ian Woodside paved the way for a Fionn McCormick try to give the hosts a 5-0 lead. McCormick duly added the conversion points and then two penalties for a 13-0 interval lead.

But, as it turned out, Carrick had given everything in the first half and had little left in the tank to hold off a Larne onslaught.

The visitors stepped it up a gear with a superb second-half display. Skipper Alistair Black, Jonny Glasgow and Micah Stevenson all scored tries and Barry Faul’s conversion secured a 17-13 win.