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Rivals Methody and Inst set for heavyweight clash after Schools' Cup quarter-final draw pairs them together

RBAI and Methody will face each other in the last eight
RBAI and Methody will face each other in the last eight
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Bitter Belfast rivals Methodist College Belfast and Royal Belfast Academical Institution (RBAI) have been paired together in the draw for the quarter-finals of the Danske Bank Schools' Cup.

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The competition's two most successful teams will meet for the first time since the final of the 2016-17 tournament when they clash at Pirrie Park on February 23.

Methody hammered Dalriada away from home in this morning's fourth round, winning 45-7, while RBAI kept a clean sheet when they overcame Royal School Dungannon at Osborne Park, 38-0.

While the meeting of the Belfast schools is undoubtedly the tie of the quarter-finals, the best match in this morning's fourth round came from Holywood where Campbell College edged out local rivals Sullivan Upper 19-13.

Their reward is a last-eight tie at home to Enniskillen Royal, who accounted for Down High 19-3 in the last game of this morning's line-up.

Another intriguing quarter-final match will see Royal School Armagh, who thumped Aaron Sexton's Bangor Grammar side 66-12, travel to one of the big names in Ballymena Academy, who were 17-12 victors against Belfast Royal Academy.

The final quarter-final has top seeds Wallace High on the road to Rainey Endowed after they overcame Cambridge House (55-7) and Ballyclare High (15-12) respectively.

Fourth round results

Sullivan Upper 13-19 Campbell College

Ballymena Academy 17-12 BRA

Rainey Endowed 15-12 Ballyclare High

RBAI 38-0 Royal School Dungannon

Royal School Armagh 66-12 Bangor Grammar

Cambridge House 7-55 Wallace High

Dalriada 7-45 Methodist College

Enniskillen Royal Grammar 19-3 Down High

Quarter-final draw

Rainey Endowed v Wallace High

Methodist College v Royal Belfast Academical Institution

Ballymena Academy v Royal School Armagh

Campbell College v Enniskillen Royal

All ties to be played on Saturday 23 February

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