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Schools' Cup Final: Reaction, report and pictures as St Columb's beat St Patrick's with last gasp Rice winner

St Columb's 2-1 St Patrick's (AET)

NI Schools Cup Football Final: St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar.
St Columb's pictured after winning today's game at Seaview in Belfast.
Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
NI Schools Cup Football Final: St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's pictured after winning today's game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's pictured after winning todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Mandatory Credit - Picture by Freddie Parkinson/Press Eye © Monday 19 March 2018 Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final Seaview St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar. Winners St Columb's College Nathan Harkin is presented with the cup from Aisling Press of Danske Bank
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's pictured after winning todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's Callum Doherty and St Patrick's Callum Shields pictured in action during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's Cian McGarvey pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's Nathan Harkin and St Patrick's Callum Shields pictured in action during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's Ross Nicholas and St Patrick's Caolan Bentham pictured in action during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's Brian McCarron and St Patrick's Callum Shields pictured in action during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Patrick's Callum Shields pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Columb's Ross Nicholas and St Patrick's Caolan Bentham pictured in action during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 19/03/2018 NI Schools Cup Football Final St Columb's College V St Patrick's Grammar. St Patrick's Callum Shields pictured after scoring his teams 1st goal during todays game at Seaview in Belfast. Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
Fintan Canavan for St Patrick's Grammar
Cian McGarvey scores for St Columb's College
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
Danske Bank NI Schools Cup Final St Columb's College v St Patrick's Grammar.
Cian McGarvey and Caolan Conlon
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

St Columb's have claimed the Danske Bank Schools' Cup thanks to a last gasp winner at Seaview.

Scott Rice hit the vital goal with just two minutes of extra-time remaining. It was a low free-kick that squirmed past Fintan Canavan after the keeper had handled outside the area. He did well to claim the high ball before the striker but couldn't avoid tumbling just outside the box.

The sides had gone in drawing 1-1 at half-time. St Columb's started strongly and deservedly took the lead on 12 minutes through Cian McGarvey. He profited when Ryan Doran picked the pocket of a defender and delivered a cross that McGarvey showed great desire to reach before his marker.

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St Columb's' dominance was gradually worn down by St Patrick's who drew level in the final minute of the half through Callum Shields. A perfect flick from Caolan Conlan played him through on goal and the clinical finish matched the build-up.

The big talking point of the second period came in the final throws as St Columb's Callum Doherty looked to be through with a shooting opportunity but referee Jamie Robinson called the game back for a foul.

That proved only brief frustration with Rice's winner coming in the nick of time for last year's beaten finalists.

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