Kidd out to repeat past with Friends' double joy
Friends' will begin their bid to double up on their McCullough Cup triumph later this month when they take on Belfast Royal Academy in the first round of the John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup.
The Lisburn school lifted the first of the two major trophies when they defeated holders Wallace High 3-0 in the final at Lisnagarvey.
Friends' co-captain Ollie Kidd scored a glorious hat-trick in that game and the Ireland Under-18 striker is looking forward to the Burney campaign.
His team bridged a 39-year gap in lifting the McCullough Cup. After their previous success in 1980, they went on to do the double by claiming the Burney trophy and Kidd is hoping that's an omen.
"I'd love nothing more than to go on and win the Burney and it would be the perfect way to end my school days as this is my final year," he said.
Wallace, who won the coveted double last season, begin their Burney defence with a home tie against Bangor Grammar.
Methodist College and Banbridge Academy, both beaten McCullough Cup semi-finalists, will come up against Regent House and Campbell College respectively.
Meanwhile, at club level, Instonians will be without Irish internationals Paul Gleghorne and Mikey Watt for tomorrow's Ulster Premier League clash with Newry at Shaw's Bridge.
Gleghorne has injured his foot, while Watt, who also played at the Rio Olympics in 2016, is unavailable due to work commitments.
Inst moved back to the top of the table last week as they continued their title defence with a 6-0 win at Portadown as they overtook North Down at the summit.
John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup draw (ties to be played on or before Saturday, February 1): Kilkeel HS v Royal & Prior, MCB v Regent, Cookstown HS v Sullivan, Grosvenor v Ballyclare HS or Antrim GS, Banbridge v Campbell, BRA v Friends', Wallace HS v Bangor GS, Lurgan College v RBAI