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Holders to take on big guns Campbell

By Ronnie Ingram

Campbell College and Methodist College will meet each other in their first game in this year’s Schools Cup.

The great rivals, who met in last year’s semi final, which Methody won 18-8 before going on to beat Ballyclare, were drawn together in the fourth round.

It took three games to separate them in 2011 before Campbell won the quarter final tie and it promises to be as close again on February 9 after Methody’s 22-18 win last month.

The other tie to involve 'seeded' teams is Wallace High’s visit to Ballymena Academy. Again, there should be little between them but home advantage in any knock-out competition is an undoubted advantage.

RBAI, who last won the cup in 2007, have been drawn away to Regent House, who had a narrow 10-8 win over Rainey on Saturday.

Ballyclare are not as big and strong as the last two years so can expect a bruising game at Down High while Bangor Grammar, after their victory at Portadown, could have the edge over the winners of the Dungannon RS-Belfast High replay.

Belfast Royal Academy are expected to overcome Carrick Grammar in their postponed tie but will then find Sullivan Upper a mighty hurdle to overcome, even at Roughfort, while in the other confirmed fourth round tie, Armagh Royal will be favourites against Coleraine Inst.

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