Schools‘ Cup: Sullivan grind out victory
In an action-packed contest at Magherafelt, Sullivan withstood some late pressure to emerge victorious in a Northern Bank Schools' Cup third round tie against Rainey.
Rainey started very strongly and their opponents had to defend stoutly.
Sullivan had their chances as they were 'held up' a couple of times and they failed to take advantage of an overlap that should have resulted in a try.
Rainey pressurised more and were justly rewarded with a try from prop Chris Lynch, converted by Martin Connolly.
Sullivan brought on Rory Barton and he made a difference as they began to gain the upper hand in the forward exchanges. They showed more authority and following a scrum-half break, full-back Ross Adair made ground for left winger Dan Floyd to touch down.
Adair converted with the help of the upright.
Following a ‘22' drop out Sullivan were awarded a penalty and Adair was successful to put them 10-7 ahead.
The final ten minutes was an anxious time but Sullivan withstood the onslaught to qualify for the fourth round on Saturday.