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Thursday 30 July 2015

Sullivan Upper sense Schools' Cup glory day

By Stuart McAvoy

Published 07/03/2014 | 01:30

Sullivan Upper coach Willie Anderson congratulates his players after they put Coleraine Inst to the sword
Sullivan Upper coach Willie Anderson congratulates his players after they put Coleraine Inst to the sword

Sullivan Upper captain Ross Todd is looking to go one step further when his side faces Methodist College in the final of the Schools' Cup.

The Holywood boys will make history by competing in their first final since the prestigious competition began in 1876 and skipper Todd couldn't be more excited.

"Being captain of the school is the best feeling you could have at this age," he said.

"The school is absolutely bouncing, everyone is behind us – it's fantastic.

"The final will be a huge day. If you want to win the Cup you have to beat Methody. It's going to be a dog fight."

The number 8 and Ireland Under-19 representative was delighted with the victory against Coleraine Inst but believes the final will be a much tougher assignment.

He admitted his side would have to give everything to bring the trophy to North-Down for the first time.

"It will all come down to heart, they have been there before, and we haven't. Some of their players are going for a treble," added Todd.

"We are looking to win it for the first time. It's just about who wants it more."

Coach, former Ireland captain Willie Anderson, was thrilled with his side's performance against a team who they had lost to just after Christmas.

"Absolutely delighted, so proud of the boys. They were fantastic today. They had a mission and they got through it," commented Anderson. "They gave every single thing I wanted from them. They showed tremendous commitment and guts.

"They knew they had to, as Coleraine had beaten us before and we were sure they would come at us for the whole match and this was the case."

The former Scotland assistant coach believes Methody are favourites for the Cup.

"Methody are probably favourites having beaten us twice this year but when it comes down to the final, it will be who has the greater dream on the day," said Anderson. "We won't just be there to take part, we want to win the Cup."

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