Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 23 August 2014

Methody cruise it

Coleraine A.I. 0 Methodist College 24

Coleraine's Michael Griffith tackles Methody's Michael Allen

Methodist College march on and will any team stop them from retaining the Northern Bank Schools' Cup?

Undefeated this season and gaining in confidence with each game it is difficult to envisage any side causing an upset.

They are awash with talent with players like Paddy Robinson, Stephen Leckey, Michael Allen and Paddy Jackson all showing their talents on Saturday under the capable captaincy of Nial Annett. Michael Heaney was skilful at scrum-half and he also contributed nine points.

Winger Craig Gilroy's speed and determination helped Methody well on their way to victory with his two tries.

This was a clinical display by the visitors who exploited the home mistakes and took a 24-0 lead into the interval.

They were helped by some mediocre tackling and were quick to respond. The first try came after 10 minutes when a missed tackle allowed Methody to move the ball wide and Gilroy went in for his first. The wind was helping and Heaney took advantage with a long penalty from the 10 metre line five minutes later.

Coleraine, at this stage, would have been content to turn round 10 points in arrears but then they conceded two more tries.

The first came following a charged down kick and the visitors were again quick to capitalise when the scrambled ball was gathered by centre Michael Allen who scored for Heaney to goal.

Just on half time Methody produced the 'stinging blow' that Coleraine never recovered from. The home team, in trying to reduce the deficit before the interval, attemped to run from their '22' but another mistake resulted in Gilroy pouncing on the ball and going in for Heaney to score.

Coleraine, a competent side with good players did all they could but there were few weaknesses in such a formidable outfit.

After the game the Methody coach Nicky Wells commented: “Although we led at the interval I was not happy with the forwards display in the first period although as the game progressed they improved. We started to really dominate and were content with the 24 point lead. It was a workmanlike performance and we were always confident.”

Coleraine A.I.: M.Lowe, M.McDowell, M.Griffith, C.Gaston, D.Rankin, R.McMaster, J.Bloomfield, A.Asghar, D.Ferguson, D.Dorsett, C.McLaughlin, J.Christie, M.Shields, J.Cromie, A.Warwicker (capt)

Methodist College: B.McIlroy, C.Gilroy, M.Allen, P.Robinson, T.Turkington-Thompson, P.Jackson, M.Heaney, C.Carey, G.Riley, R.Harrison, R.Gilmore, P.McKee, S.Leckey, M.Edgar, N.Annett (capt)

Referee: G.Ward.

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