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Schools‘ Cup: Sullivan grind out victory

By Ronnie Ingram

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.

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