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Methody show class in final rout

Methody 62 Down High 3

By Ronnie Ingram

Methodist College cruised to victory in the Danske Bank Medallion Plate, scoring an amazing 10 tries as they romped to a 62-3 over Down High.

And the landslide victory could have been even greater but for the gallant efforts of the Downpatrick school.

Methody were simply more powerful and more talented than their opponents and despite Charlie Power kicking a penalty for Down High after only 12 minues, they failed to score again.

With Methody very much in the mood, once they got to grips with the game it became a totally one-sided affair and after holding a 20-3 lead at half time the Belfast school moved up a gear in the second half, scoring another 43 points in the process to leave Down High crushed.

Zach Jordan and Josh Jordan each scored two tries, with Methody's other touchdowns coming from Matthew Allen, Oliver Cairns, Ben Sterritt, Tom Muldoon, Ben Martin and Cameron Kelly.

Cameron McAteer put his boot to good use as well, as he successfully converted six of those tries to increase his team's margin of victory.

Grosvenor Grammar proved too strong for Carrickfergus Grammar in the Bowl final as they claimed a 17-10 victory.

That means a place in history for the Grosvenor boys as they won the school's first 15-a-side rugby trophy for 30 years.

They last won the Schools' Cup way back in 1983 and this was their first Medallion trophy success.

It was an excellent team effort with centre Jonah McDowell finishing off an overlap to put them ahead.

Carrick came back with a Mark Ellison penalty before prop Andy Boyd crashed over from close range for his first try of the season.

Carrick looked dangerous a few times with Ellison and the other centre Daniel Anale threatening to break through, but the Grosvenor defence held firm.

Another good passing movement resulted in McDowell going in for his second try and he kicked the difficult conversion from close to touch.

Undaunted Carrick threw everything into attack and out-half Fionn McCormack took a quick penalty and dashed in for Ellison to add the points.

Andy Gibson, the Grosvenor coach was pleased with his team's performance, he said: "We were the more dominant and and managed to deprive their strong centres of possession.

"We dictated the pattern of play for most of the game especially in the first half and I feel we deserved our victory."

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