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Sullivan Upper claimed their second ever McCullough Cup title on penalty strokes.
Sullivan Upper claimed their second ever McCullough Cup title on penalty strokes.
Gareth Hanna

By Gareth Hanna

Sullivan Upper's golden generation have claimed their third major title in three seasons and aren't finished yet.

The side coached by Lisnagarvey star Andy Williamson beat Friends on penalty strokes in the final at Comber Road, havinh looked all but beaten, 2-1 down in the final seconds of normal time. A Harry Wilson equaliser with the final hit sent the match into extra-time and penalties, where goalkeeper Thomas McCord would prove the hero with two big saves.

The school now hold both the Burney Cup and the McCullough Cup for the first time and they're keen to retain their Burney title come the New Year.

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"We've had this group of players for the last three years. In the first year, we won the McCullough for the first time in the school's history, then last year we won the Burney and now we've got the McCullough back again," said coach Williamson. "Absolutely a goal of ours is to push on and win the Burney again as well."

Man of the Match Paddy Crookshanks opened the scoring with a first-half drag and even though Andy Edgar and Jack McGall would strike to reverse the scores in the second period, Sullivan were to edge the narrowest of victories.

"It's a great feeling to have the two cups back at school," said Crookshanks. "Man of the match could have gone to a number of players from either team but I was glad to win it."

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