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Grosvenor's goals can give them their first Senior Cup success

By Martin Mawhinney

Both Grosvenor Grammar School and Edmund Rice College will be equally pumped up to get their name on the Belfast Senior Cup trophy this St Patrick's Day (New Grosvenor Stadium, Ballyskeagh, 11.30am), as neither school has won the tournament before.

Which school will record a first is a close call, but Grosvenor's fire-power probably just gives them the edge.

Neither team has had an easy route to the final, but both are no doubt looking forward to proving to their respective school-mates that they are worthy of their place on one of the biggest platforms in local youth football.

There is plenty to admire in both teams - and at both ends. Grosvenor's impressive sharp-shooting has seen them amass a total of 22 goals in their four games en-route to the final without conceding once.

Their Glengormley-based opponents' strength lies at the back, with their 3-1 win over St Malachy's College the only time their goalkeeper Michael McGreevy has been beaten.

In the case of both finalists, the goals have been evenly spread, although Grosvenor's Stuart Nelson stands head and shoulders above all, scoring hat-tricks in two of the previous rounds (in the 13-0 win over Dundonald High School and the 5-0 win over St Patrick's Academy), while Matt Tumilson and Joshua Kelly have both scored in every appearance in this year's competition.

Kevin Skelly and Jamie McCormick are the lads at the top of the Edmund Rice goal charts, with four each to date (including a hat-trick for the latter in a 5-0 second round win over St Colm's), while Oran Johnston lies one behind, on three.

Perhaps one of the biggest surprises in this year's final is the absence of the two traditionally dominant forces in the competition, De La Salle College and Belfast Boys Model School.

Grosvenor disposed of seven-times winners the Boys Model with a 2-0 win at the semi-final stage.

Belfast Senior Cup Final: Edmund Rice v Grosvenor GS, New Grosvenor, 11.30am 

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