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Methody win not enough for Wells

Methody 20 Ballyclare HS 0

By Ronnie Ingram

Methody found Ballyclare High tough opposition in the Northern Bank Schools' Cup quarter-final at Pirrie Park where a try in the final few minutes gave them a rather flattering 20-0 success.

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The young Ballyclare forwards held their own for most of the tie with Jean Francois Bester and captain David Clark showing up well and due to their efforts Methody only took a five point advantage into the interval.

Up until then the visitors had negated the dangerous Methody three-quarters, but the pressure told at the the right psychological moment.

A concerted effort just before the end of the half resulted in full-back Blane McIlroy going in for an unconverted try.

Methody put their game together better after the restart and a move down the right allowed Ryan Martin to run in for Paddy Jackson to convert.

Jackson then added a penalty, but Ballyclare, although starting to tire, never gave up and kept trying to attack.

Unfortunately they missed a couple of penalties which would have increased their confidence and at least five kicks went straight into touch to give Methody extra vital possession.

With five minutes remaining the home team were continuing to attack and Mark Gribben went in for a well executed score.

Afterwards the Methody coach Nicky Wells was not too happy with his team's performance.

“It was non-descript, but full credit to Ballyclare. They were a well organised outfit and defended exceptionally well especially in the first half,” said Wells.

“Before our next game we will have to step things up a bit. I consider it a disappointing effort and there would be no-one I would feel was the man of the match.”

Daniel Soper, the Ballyclare coach felt his team, especially the forwards played up to expectation, but they still made too many basic errors.

“Unfortunately we lost out-half Johnny Holmes with a finger injury after only 18 minutes and this caused major disruption to our backs,” commented Soper.

“It was a big improvement as we lost 50-0 early in the season.”

Methodist College: B.McIlroy, P.Jackson, M.Best, R.Martin, M.Gribben, J.Stanfield, D.McElhinney, J.Camara, R.Harrison, C.Carey, C.Long, J.Andress, P.McKee, G.Reilly, R.Winters, F.McCluggage, C.Robinson, D.Kerr, M.McFall, B.McIlroy, O.McCollum.

Ballyclare High: C.Harvey, J.Douglas, M.Lok, C.Anderson, L.Bailie, J.Holmes, C.Millar, B.Wilson, M.Logan, T.McLintock, G.Bartely, P.McMechan, L.Bester, D.Clarke, S.Forbes, C.Shearer, P.Kennedy, P.Crawford, K.Johnston, M.McComb, P.Ferguson, S.Beattie.

Referee: B.McLawrence.

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