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Coach Wells has Methody all fired up to regain crown

By Ronnie Ingram

It has been three years since Methodist College last won the Danske Bank Schools' Cup and coach Nicky Wells hopes to take another step towards regaining the trophy with a quarter-final win over Armagh Royal tomorrow.

"We know Armagh are a well drilled team and with them having home advantage, we will have to travel well and start well," he said. "We have been putting in a lot of work over the last week and make just the one change. Right winger Ethan McIlroy was concussed at Downpatrick so Kane Doherty will take his place."

Willie Faloon, the Armagh coach, will be fielding the same team that eliminated Enniskillen Royal 24-5. He said: "We haven't faced Methody but I know they are a decent outfit. They usually play to a pre-conceived game plan and while our opportunities may be few and far between, we will have to take full advantage of them.

"We have a well balanced side of experience and youth. We have a couple of excellent prospects in No.8 Ryan O'Neill and winger Nicky Jennings, who both have Ulster Under-17 experience."

Ballymena Academy's Angus Kernohan came on and immediately made a big impact in the closing minutes of their 38-24 win over Dalriada and he will start against Wallace High in tomorrow's quarter-final clash.

Gavin Murray, who shares the coaching duties with John Andrews, said: "Everything is looking good and we are raring to go. We played Wallace in January and squeezed through 19-15 but that was at our ground. We expect it to be close again as they have skilful backs and a dangerous No.8. We will give it our best again."

Murray knows that they will need to replicate the good start they had in Ballymoney when two quick tries were scored, but this time they cannot afford to ease off.

He added: "We appeared to lose our way for a time maybe due to loss of concentration, but finished strongly."

Wallace, who have lost five times this season to Ballymena's three, will again be at home. They have speedy backs in Josh Cardosi and Stephen Courtney, while Johnny Hunter has also notched up a number of tries during the year.

Up front, their captain Gary Dillon is their leading try scorer.

Danske Bank Schools' Cup: Campbell College v RBAI (11am), RS Armagh v MCB (11am), Wallace High v Ballymena Academy (10.45am).

Schools' Subsiduary Shield: Grosvenor Grammar v Rainey Endowed, Ballyclare High v Sullivan Upper (10.30am), Down High v Dalriada (11am), Enniskillen Royal v Omagh Academy (10.30am).

Schools' Bowl: Lurgan College v Bangor Grammar (10.30am), Regent House v RS Dungannon (11am).

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