Patient Methody made to dig deep
Methody 15-0 Rainey Endowed
Methody are always an exceptionally difficult team to overcome at Pirrie Park, so Rainey deserve full credit for delivering a solid performance before conceding two second-half tries and eventually losing out 15-0.
Methody started firm favourites to book their place in the Danske Bank Schools' Cup quarter-finals but at times they looked rattled and the Magherafelt side came close to scoring on a number of separate occasions.
The big difference was in the pack where Methody gained most of the possession and in fact their three tries came from line-outs and drives.
The Belfast team had the edge in the first period - which was expected given that they had the advantage of the wind behind them - but Rainey defended robustly.
Their line was only crossed once in the opening half - when Methody blindside flanker Cameron Kelly barged his way over but the conversion was missed.
In fact, Rainey came close to scoring twice themselves but full-back Michael Lynn and then winger Matthew Mulholland were brought down just short of the whitewash.
After the restart, Rainey had the wind to their advantage and indeed looked dangerous at times but it was Methody who added to their earlier try and made it 10-0 with a score from Alex Cairns.
But valiant Rainey dusted themselves off and attempted to fight back once again with Mulholland, Anton Lupari and Adam Thornton making runs. Methody, however, stood tall and withstood the onslaught.
Towards the close the visitors conceded a penalty and the ball was kicked into the corner.
From the ensuing line-out, Zac Jordan crossed to wrap up the win for Methody - for the third time, however, the conversion failed to split the posts.
Rainey coach Chris Campbell lamented his side's high error count but believed there was some high-quality rugby on show.
He said: "Methody probably edged the first-half but we made too many mistakes and in consequence failed to keep up the momentum."
Methody coach Stevie Lindsay congratulated Rainey for making life difficult for his side.
He added: "At times our defence was good but we have a lot to work on before we face Campbell.
"Johnny Jordan at scrum-half put in a few accurate box kicks while inside centre Josh Jordan carried well."