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Schools' Cup draw

Bring it on: Sullivan captain Jamie Thallon will be at home to
Rex Tinsley’s Campbell College in the fourth round
Bring it on: Sullivan captain Jamie Thallon will be at home to Rex Tinsley’s Campbell College in the fourth round

By Michael Sadlier

There was no missing the most eye-catching clash to emerge from yesterday's Danske Bank Schools' Cup fourth round draw - Sullivan Upper versus holders Campbell College.

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The near neighbours look sure to serve up a local derby worthy of the competition as they both enter the fray for the first time with Sullivan hosting the game in Holywood.

The sides last met in the Cup in 2017 when Campbell won 29-7 at Fox's Field, though coach Adam Craig's squad will be quietly confident that, this time around, home advantage will be of assistance.

Campbell assistant coach Johnny Cupitt said: "We're looking forward to it.

"The guys have been building a bit of momentum and we're happy with where we are currently.

"Obviously there will be a bit of hype around (this game) and we'll see how we are on the day," said Cupitt, who added that the holders have eight players from last year's success still in the squad.

Elsewhere, favourites Methodist College play their first game at Dalriada, the Ballymoney school getting through round three by narrowly beating Coleraine Grammar.

Though Methody are strongly fancied to take ownership of the trophy for the first time since 2014, assistant coach Stephen Lindsay was not for subscribing to that notion.

"We're very happy with how our season has gone so far and for us it's about us just continuing on with the boys working hard. The boys are really looking forward to getting started," Lindsay said.

RBAI also arrive on the scene in round four for new coach Jason Morgan's first Cup game in charge, and they host Royal School Dungannon.

Wallace High School get their initial taste of action at Cambridge House, as do last year's beaten finalists Royal School Armagh who host Bangor Grammar.

Ballymena Academy will play their first game in this year's competition when hosting BRA, while Enniskillen Royal Grammar School make their bow when welcoming Down High.

Rainey Endowed School and Ballyclare High School both won in round three and will meet in Magherafelt.

Danske Bank Schools' Bowl quarter-finals: Larne Grammar v Coleraine Grammar, Regent House v Friends' School, Omagh Academy v Portadown College, Lurgan College v Belfast High.

Danske Bank Schools' Trophy semi-finals: Foyle College v Dromore HS, Strabane Academy/Wellington College v Limavady Grammar.

(All games to be played on Saturday, February 9)

Danske Bank Schools' Cup Round Four

Enniskillen RGS v Down HS

RBAI v RS Dungannon

RS Armagh v Bangor GS

Sullivan Upper v Campbell

Cambridge House v Wallace High

Ballymena Academy v BRA

Dalriada v Methody

Rainey Endowed v Ballyclare HS

(Games to be played on Saturday, February 9)

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