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Sullivan must raise their game for Armagh clash

By Niall Crozier

Royal School, Armagh — buoyed up by last weekend’s excellent win over RBAI — return to the fray with another home date this weekend.

Sullivan Upper will provide the opposition on Saturday morning at College Hill where the hosts hope to have back-from-holiday Robbie Magowan available.

Having lost to Grosvenor last time out, Sullivan must show a big improvement if they are to avoid another defeat.

Campbell College versus Dalriada in another intriguing pairing.

The hosts have a formidable back line, but on their day Dalriada are a match for any side, witness last season’s visit to Foxes Field where they recorded a famous Northern Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup win.

Injury-hit Royal School, Dungannon welcome a confident young Rainey ES outfit keen to build on their recent successes.

Two fascinating north-south battles will see Ballymena Academy hosting St Michael’s College — who won last season’s Dublin meeting — while Methodist College welcome mighty Belvedere College.

St Michael’s include Mark Corballis and Luke McGrath, two Leinster Schools’ players with big reputations.

Meanwhile, having just seen off Rockwell College in Cashel, Methody will hope to take another big scalp by beating their Gabriel Fulcher-coached guests who include John Conroy and David Shanahan who played for the Leinster Schools’ Under 18 inter-pro series winners.

Free-scoring Belfast Royal Academy will aim to add to their season’s points tally at the expense of Bangor GS who host them at Ballymacormick Road, while another of the big Belfast schools, RBAI, are expecting a tough north-west test courtesy of Foyle and Londonderry College.

Although they lost to RS Armagh last week, Inst have beaten Methody this season, proving the standard of which they are capable.

Lisburn pair, Friends and Wallace, play Down HS and Portadown College at home and away respectively.

While that Friends-Down fixture could go either way, it would be an upset if Wallace were to lose to Portadown College at Killicomaine Road.

Portadown’s neighbours, Lurgan College, are off to Co Tyrone to face Omagh Academy.

With victories being the exception rather than the rule in either case, both will fancy their prospects of registering a rare win.

Limavady GS, whose recent results have been disappointing, host still-buzzing Larne GS who are just back from a successful tour to British Columbia.

Carrickfergus GS host Banbridge Academy at North Road where the visitors will be favourites.

Antrim GS welcome Belfast High School, Regent travel to face Cambridge House, while unbeaten Ballyclare HS will seek to keep that run going against Grosvenor.

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