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Bann boys book place in semi-finals

Banbridge Academy have booked their place in the McCullough Cup semi-finals with one pool game still to play, against nearest rivals Cookstown High at Coolnafranky today.

The Academy rattled in seven goals without reply against Sullivan Upper and quickly followed it up with 10 goals without reply against Bangor Grammar last week to leave themselves guaranteed a top-two finish in their pool.

Peter McKnight and Sam Farson each scored twice against Sullivan with Johnny McKee, Robert Scott and Aaron Reid also on the mark.

And Farson got another double against Bangor, as did Robbie Scott, while Aaron Reid, Johnny McKee, Josh Rowe, Mark Barlow, David Armstrong and Peter McKnight completed the romp.

Bann's other wins were against Royal & Prior (12-0) and RBAI (3-0) which means they have yet to concede a goal … just the right preparation ahead of next week's All-Ireland championships which are being staged in Cork.

With a few pool games still to play, it looks like Cookstown High or Sullivan Upper will join Bann in the McCullough semi-finals.

Holders Wallace High are all set to qualify from Pool B, with either Regent House or Friends likely to clinch the other spot.

Wallace beat Friends 3-2 in last season's decider and have been in great goalscoring form this term, having slammed in 47 goals from their first five pool games, with just the clash against Campbell College to come. After an initial 1-1 draw with Regent, they have been in devastating form, with wins over Methody (12-0), Grosvenor Grammar (14-0), Friends (3-1) and Banbridge Academy II (10-0).

The semis are scheduled for Lisnagarvey on December 3 with the decider pencilled in for a week later at the same venue.

Belfast Telegraph