Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Favourites on course

It looks like a Methody v Inst Danske Bank Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill on Monday, March 18, although both Ballyclare High and Armagh will be thinking otherwise.

In the semi-finals Ballyclare High will play RBAI on Monday, March 4 followed by Armagh RS v Methodist College two days later.

Should two of Belfast's 'big three' meet in the final it will be the third time in 13 seasons, Methody having won twice.

Methody have been the favourites right from the start of the season but they still have to overcome a confident Armagh Royal who have yet to concede a point in the competition.

Kenny Hooks, the Armagh coach realises the task ahead.

"Methody are undoubtedly the clear favourites but a game is always won on the day," he said.

"We will give it a go but, we have nothing to lose. I wasn't entirely happy with our efforts at Bangor so there is still some work to do in the next week."

Inst coach Richard Hedley is prepared to take on any of the other three.

"Our main task is to concentrate on the game ahead against a Ballyclare team who have proved they have a strong pack and play much the same type of game as ourselves," he said.

"We still have a few issues to solve so it is all hard work until next Monday."

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