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Belfast High wary of classy Omagh

By Ronnie Ingram

Belfast High School have a superior playing record to Omagh Academy and that, added to home advantage, makes them favourites for the re-arranged Danske Bank Schools' Cup second round tie at Newtownabbey today (2.00pm).

Nevertheless the visitors are capable of pulling off a surprise as they did in the first round at Dungannon Royal, winning 20-14.

The Shore Road team are a well balanced outfit with many experienced players who figured in the team last season.

They have only lost three times and have a powerful centre duo in Jordan Garford and Robbie Reid while out-half Joel McBride, hard working second row Lewis Benson and prop Conor McDermott have all represented Ulster.

Omagh have an outstanding second row in captain James Catterson while half-back partnership Adam Beattie and Stuart Ballentine played a big part in the win at Dungannon. The winners are at home to Wallace High.

Rainey coach Chris Campbell is looking forward to the visit of Belfast Royal Academy (2.30pm).

"Last Saturday's postponement was a bit of an anti-climax but hopefully the tie will go ahead this time," he said.

"We were all prepared so have had to build ourselves up again for what should be a difficult game.

"It will be good to get it played," he added.

The Magherafelt team have strong players in hooker Samuel Hawe, second row Conal Murphy and David McClelland.

Andrew and Rory Nicholl have shown their talents in the back line and Kieran Lynch is their accurate kicker.

Academy have a balanced team including Ulster players Stewart Martin, David Campbell and Jordan Hylton but face an uphill task to qualify for the third round tie at home to Down High.

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