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Sullivan end drought with Burney success

Sullivan Upper 3 Wallace High 2

By Graham Hamilton

Sullivan Upper bridged a 24-year gap when they landed the schoolboys' Burney Cup by beating Wallace High 3-2 under the Stormont floodlights last night.

Two goals in a three-minute spell in the first half, from skipper Matthew Crookshanks and Callum Carson, sent the Holywood school on their way to success for the first time since 1993.

Wallace, who were winners in 2014 and 2015, put up a tremendous fight and indeed came close to forcing extra-time.

"That was amazing," said a delighted Crookshanks afterwards. "It was a class performance and so important after getting beaten in last season's decider."

It was Crookshanks who got the opening goal from a penalty corner, sidestepping two tackles to slip the ball home, and the big crowd had hardly settled down again when Sullivan struck for a second time, Carson making no mistake.

But then Wallace pulled one back within a minute, William Carey sliding the ball home at the back post.

Wallace had their chances with Andrew O'Hare and Patrick Hunter coming close but Sullivan hit them on the break and Fergus Gibson made it 3-1, rounding the keeper and diving full length to turn the ball in from a tight angle.

Still Wallace wouldn't give up and Carey got his second when he latched onto a through ball.

"That was a relief and such a change of emotion from last year," said Sullivan coach Andy Williamson.

The man of the match was Sullivan's Carson, who received his award after the victory from Irish international star Chris Cargo.

Wallace High: James Ritchie, Patrick Hunter, Jordan Taggart, Andrew O'Hare, Scott McCabe, William Carey, Jacob Hermon, Callum Patterson, Jonny Lynch, Ben Nelson, Craig Getty. Subs: James McAuley, Zach Benson, Josh Snoddy, Adam Clarke, Aaron Scott, Andrew Smith

Sullivan Upper: Tom McCord, Stephen Hodgson, Matthew Willis, Tom Robson, Callum Carson, Matthew Crookshanks, Fergus Gibson, Chris Mitchell, Harry Morris, Euan Patterson, Matthew Morris. Subs: Paddy Crookshanks, Stewart McCaw, Ryan Wolsley, Fergus Kerr, Daniel Girvin, Max McCone

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