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In pictures: Ryan Lindsay's kicking heroics lead Methody to Medallion Shield victory over Ballymena Academy

Danske Bank's Carol Wilson with the Danske Bank Medallion Shield winners Methodist College after they defeated Ballymena Academy in Tuesday's final at the Kingspan Stadium.
Danske Bank's Carol Wilson with the Danske Bank Medallion Shield winners Methodist College after they defeated Ballymena Academy in Tuesday's final at the Kingspan Stadium.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College captain Johnny O'Kane with the Danske Bank Medallion Shield after defeating Ballymena Academy in Tuesdays final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College captain Johnny O'Kane is presented with the Danske Bank Medallion Shield by President of the Ulster Branch Stephen Elliott and Danske Bank's Carol Wilson after they defeated Ballymena Academy in Tuesdays final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Danske Bank's Carol Wilson with the Danske Bank Medallion Shield winners Methodist College after they defeated Ballymena Academy in Tuesdays final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College captain Johnny O'Kane with the Danske Bank Medallion Shield after defeating Ballymena Academy in Tuesdays final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College captain Johnny O'Kane with the Danske Bank Medallion Shield after defeating Ballymena Academy in Tuesdays final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College players celebrate after defeating Ballymena Academy to win the Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College players celebrate after defeating Ballymena Academy to win the Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College players celebrate after defeating Ballymena Academy to win the Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College players celebrate after defeating Ballymena Academy to win the Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Methodist College's Ryan Lindsay delivered a stunning kicking display with three from three despite Storm Gareth.
Methody's Ryan Lindsay (centre) kicked three from three during Storm Gareth at Kingspan Stadium.
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy with Methodist College during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy with Methodist College during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy with Methodist College during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy with Methodist College during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College's Micheal Crothers during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's Jordan Millar with Methodist College's Micheal Crothers during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's Jordan Millar with Methodist College's Micheal Crothers during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College's Micheal Crothers during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College's Micheal Crothers during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's Christian Drennan with Methodist College's Micheal Crothers during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College's captain Johnny OÕKane celebrates after he scores a try against Ballymena Academy during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College's captain Johnny OÕKane scores a try against Ballymena Academy during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College's captain Johnny OÕKane scores a try against Ballymena Academy during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's Christian Drennan with Methodist College's captain Johnny OÕKane during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's David Surgeoner and Theo Thompson with Methodist College's Peter OÕHagan during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's David Surgeoner and Theo Thompson with Methodist College's Peter OÕHagan during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's Robbie Wilson with Methodist College's Patrick Fullarton-Healey during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's Ben King during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy's Ben King with Methodist College's captain Johnny OÕKane during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy and Methodist College fans during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Methodist College during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 12th March 2019 - Photo by William Cherry/Presseye Ballymena Academy and Methodist College fans during Tuesday afternoons Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Photo by William Cherry/Presseye

By Gareth Hanna

A stunning kicking performance from Ryan Lindsay at a blustery Kingspan Stadium led Methody to a 17-12 victory in the Danske Bank Medallion Shield final.

Despite falling behind in the opening minutes, Methody rallied with a stunning performance and two tries to put the game beyond last year's winners, whose late try proved only another consolation.

"It's a great feeling," said Lindsay, who had kicked three from three despite the wind.

"We worked incredibly hard all season and it's nice to have finally done it and got the trophy. It was quite tight near the end but we managed to get over the line.

"There were really good displays from the likes of Peter O'Hagan, Johnny O'Kane and Jonny Riddell but it was a team performance."

Methody hero Ryan Lindsay was in modest mood after kicking three from three during Storm Gareth 🌬 to lead his side to...

Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Particularly impressive was Lindsay's second conversion from wide on the right touchline, but his modest reaction betrayed the skill-level required.

He said: "I put in a lot of practice so it helped a lot with the kicks. I was looking to hit it slightly outside the post because there was a very strong wind coming in. I just hit it up and the wind brought in.

"The wind make a difference going against it but sometimes it helps you when it's going with you and will carry it over."

Being blown forward by Storm Gareth, there was an air of inevitability about Ballymena's opening try from the off. That was because of the manner in which they chased down their own kick-off, won possession and bulled straight for the line. A quick tap-and-go from a penalty and Andrew Chesney provided the finishing touches to relentless pressure.

Methody, however, grew ever-stronger until the break, helped by the withdrawal of Ballymena hooker James Cameron, whose impressive start was halted by injury.

Their pressure was rewarded after good work at the back of the scrum but number eight Peter O'Hagan had the Belfast side within a metre. Captain Johnny O'Kane was the one to provide the finishing touch with Lindsay adding the extras.

Either side of that score, barn-storming runs from Jonathan Riddell and Michael Crothers required last ditch tackles as Methody piled on the pressure, finishing the half 7-5 ahead.

Methody's increasing dominance continued after the break and, with the blustering gale now at their backs, it was rightly rewarded when full-back Joe Dickson finished off a try in the corner after an initial break by Lindsay and a neat offload by the impressive Lorcan Hanratty. Lindsay put his side more than a score ahead when he kicked the extras from the right touchline with a superb conversion.

When Lindsay added a penalty with his third kick, maintaining his 100% record, Ballymena required two tries.

Ballymena finally got back on the front foot in the closing minutes as a powerful finish from Robbie Wilson, followed by a successful drop-kick conversion by Jordan Miller, got the ball back in play in time for one more push.

However, when the kick-off was knocked-on, it was game over as Methody won 17-12.

The school, of course, is now going for a coveted double as they look to add the Schools' Cup crown on Monday when they take on Belfast rivals Campbell College.

Here's the game as it happened:

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