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Methody’s trio of tries see cup holders beaten

By Jacqueline Purse

In the weekend's big fixture, Methody hosted rivals, and current Schools' Cup champions, Campbell College at Pirrie Park.

The hosts were first on the scoreboard with Mark Gribben crossing the line after just two minutes to produce the only score of the first half. A further two tries were secured by Methody in the second half, as Campbell could only manage a last minute unconverted try as MCB won 19-5.

Ballymena Academy were also in action, travelling to Grosvenor Grammar.

The opening exchanges were closely contested, before two converted tries allowed the visitors to produce a 14-5 lead at half-time. A stunning break from Ballymena's Nicholas Stirling saw the youngster sprint 80 metres and dive over the whitewash to score his side's final try late in the second half in their 26-12 win.

Having recently returned from their successful tour to Dublin and Manchester, Rainey Endowed played host to Royal School Armagh. However, it was the visitors who emerged victorious — 29-0 — in the physical encounter to continue their impressive run of results.

Darryl Morton, Daniel Reaney (2), Matty Clarke and Michael Hoey all scored for Armagh, with debutants James Irvine and John McDonagh also producing stand-out performances.

RBAI's Gareth Lawlor also produced a man of the match performance when Inst headed to Dublin to face Terenure College. He scored his side's first try and contributed 12 points to RBAI's 22-10 winning scoreline.

Larne Grammar's front row of Sam McWhirter, Marc Robinson and Ryan McAllister stole the show against Bangor Grammar as they claimed a try apiece to secure Larne's first, and well-deserved, victory of the season, 17-12.

Saturday's scheduled fixture between Sullivan Upper and Wallace was postponed and will now take place with an evening kick-off tomorrow at Uprichard Park.

Schools' results: Regent House 43 Belfast High 12, Grosvenor Grammar 12 Ballymena Academy 26, Terenure College 17 RBAI 22, Down High 42 Carrick Grammar 0, Methody 19 Campbell College 5, Rainey Endowed 0 RS Armagh 29, Omagh 0 Foyle/Londonderry 14, Portora 14 Sligo13, Banbridge Academy 6 RS Dungannon 20, Coleraine AI 7 BRA 29, Portadown College 21 Dalriada 15, Cambridge House 25 Lurgan College 12, Larne Grammar 17 Bangor Grammar 12.

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