Twin brother Matthew answers Sullivan's call
Methodist College Belfast 0 Sullivan Upper 4
Sullivan Upper may have been missing injured skipper Harry Morris for their John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup semi-final with Methodist College Belfast, but they didn't have to worry as twin brother Matthew stepped up to the plate instead.
The Holywood school ended up comfortable winners at Lisnagarvey yesterday afternoon but it wasn't until Morris scored their third goal that they knew that they were heading for the final scheduled to be played under the Stormont floodlights on March 28.
Patrick Crookshanks wore the skipper's armband on this occasion and afterwards he admitted that it was the quickfire goals in the second half that put the game beyond doubt.
"It was a top game and very close for long periods," he said.
"But the two early goals in the second half killed off the game and gave us the breathing space we needed."
It was Isaac Hart who put Sullivan on their way after good work by Tom McClintock, but Methody worked hard with Matthew Campton and John Clark impressing.
But Matthew Willis made it two for Sullivan three minutes into the second half from second phase penalty corner, with Matthew Morris on the mark four minutes later, deflecting in a Patrick Crookshanks penalty corner.
Harry Yarr made it four after good work by Patrick Rose, but still Methody refused to give up and had an opportunity to pull one back only to see Sullivan keeper Frazer Todd save Campton's penalty stroke.
METHODIST COLLEGE: Hamza Tareen, Jack Emery, Ciaran Gough, Rafay Yousaf, Matthew Campton, Patrick Jack, David Gilbody, James Hunter, James Clark, Stefan van Waltstijn, Will Moore. Subs: Ram Pentlavalli, Chris Morrison, Aaron Rodgers, Rasif Chowdhury, James McBreen, Domingos Ferreira
SULLIVAN UPPER: Frazer Todd, Sam Anderson, Patrick Rose, Michael Trimble, Matthew Willis, Patrick Crookshanks, Matthew Morris, Daniel Girvin, Djay Erskine, Tom McClintock, Isaac Hart. Subs: Conor Matthews, Harry Yarr, Connor Smith, Nathan Keown, Jack McNeill, Harrison Dunlop
Umpires: Jamie Aiken, Don Pearson