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Regent boys target delightful double


By Adam McKendry

Having won the inaugural Grammar Schools' League by remaining unbeaten, Regent House are looking to make it a double in today's Northern Ireland Under-18 Plate final.

Led by Ards striker Timmy Browne, who is in Upper Sixth and captain, Regent have dominated the first edition of the league under the coaching of David Smylie and Jason Purvis.

The Newtownards school have seen off Christian Brothers, Omagh, De La Salle, Belfast, Ballyclare Secondary College and Dromore High on their way to the final.

Standing in their way at Seaview (kick-off 1.45pm) are Methodist College Belfast, who also compete in the Grammar Schools' League.

"I was asked to become manager at the start of this school year and have been very pleased with the progress made to date," said Regent manager Paul Fitzsimons, who is also an English and Drama teacher.

"We have had excellent coaching through David and Jason and I am very proud of the dedication to training and team spirit within the squad."

Regent won the two games between the sides in the league, 3-1 and 4-2, but Methody's Luke Kelly is hoping it won't be the same outcome this time around.

"Football in Methody only started five years ago, so to be in a final is a big achievement for ourselves," Kelly said.

"We've gained confidence from those losses, and that suits us better because they might be thinking we'll show up and do the same again.

"The boys will go out and give 100% and there's a good chance we can cause an upset."

Regent House vs Methodist Coll

NI Under-18 Plate final

Seaview, Today, 1.45pm

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