Coach happy despite defeat

Foyle & Londonderry College rugby coach Dave Barnett.
Foyle & Londonderry College rugby coach Dave Barnett.

Foyle and Londonderry Coach David Barnett felt his side could have defeated neighbours Limavady Grammar.

Barnett along with fellow coach Ray Menown was thrilled by the boys work-rate but was disappointed by their Danske Bank Schools Cup exit.

“It’s always disappointing to lose any game and Saturday was no different,” he admitted.

“However we were well in the game right until the last five minutes, in fact it was a one score game right up until the end.

“All the boys were committed and their work-rate was tremendous, myself and Ray couldn’t fault them.”

Barnett did concede prior to kick-off that no one really gave his side a chance, but he was confident that they could hace caused what would have been a shock.

“I know that no one really thought we would win, but I knew that if we had 15 big performances to match them, then we had a chance,” he added.

“We got that from every single player, but it just wasn’t good enough on the day.

The game was played in dreadful weather conditions, but Barnett felt both sides deserve credit for the entertain match which they produced and he knows looks ahead to the Schools’ Bowls competition.

Foyle will host Rainey Endowed or Belfast Royal Academy on Saturday, February 8.
“The weather was terrible and I have to said that both sides deserve credit as they played a super game in what were awful conditions, and there was very little handling errors,” he added.

“The Rainey tie, which was called off on Saturday takes place today (Wednesday) and no matter who we get it’s going to be tough, but we are at home.”