Belfast Telegraph

Fans are a class act as Northern Ireland schools do battle in three finals


By David Young

Thousands of excited fans cheered themselves hoarse yesterday as their sporting heroes at three top Northern Ireland schools surged to victory in hard-fought GAA, football and rugby tournaments.

More than 5,000 fans in Armagh saw St Ronan's, Lurgan lift the coveted MacRory Cup in a nail-biting contest against St Mary's, Magherafelt.

The school - founded just three years ago - won by just two points, 1-09 to 1-07.

At the Kingspan stadium in Belfast, the city's Campbell College triumphed in the Schools Cup rugby final, beating rivals the Royal School, Armagh by 19-13.

Campbell said: "Huge congratulations to the 1st XV on their win. We are immensely proud of the squad and coaches for their achievement today. Thanks to RSA for a fantastic game of rugby, a true credit to the game!"

Across the city at Seaview the day belonged to the footballers of St Columb's College, Londonderry, who beat St Patrick's Grammar from Downpatrick 2-1 in extra time to win the Danske Bank NISFA U18 Schools Cup.

The winners received their medals from Northern Ireland international players Josh Magennis and Stuart Dallas.

St Columb's captain Nathan Harkin said: "That was one of the toughest games I've ever played in. It was just amazing - a great feeling. I'll never forget this day."

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