Lisneal College U14 boys rugby team ran out impressive winners of the Mowbray Shield at Judges Road.
Due to the popularity of the competition and the inclusion of local and regional grammar schools, the tournament was divided into two tiers.
The grammar school competed for the Mowbray Shield and the secondary schools competed for Mowbray Subsidiary Shield.
On a wet, windy, miserable day squad rotation was going to be extremely important and all 20 players played a huge role during the games. The Lisneal teenagers were drawn in a group with Oakgrove College and St Columb’s College.
Two terrific performances saw the boys get past their local rivals comfortable with Aaron Campbell and Alex Thompson controlling things nicely from out half.
A great selection of tries were scored in these two games by Jordan White, Adam McArthur, Kyle McMorris, Amadeo El Gizi, Dylan Lynch and captain Ben Gibson and Richard Gardiner.
The team also showed terrific defensive qualities, conceding no tries in the group stage. These victories set up a final against a notable Strabane Academy side that were victorious in the other group.
It was always going to a tight, cagey encounter and it certainly lived up to expectation. Lisneal went into a two try lead thanks to captain Ben Gibson and the ever impressive scrum half Richard Gardiner.
Before the break Strabane pulled a try back and went on to lay siege on the Lisneal line, but some superb defending and team spirit led by McMorris and Thomas Malcolm kept Strabane out and ensured Lisneal claimed the title.