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Schools’ Cup ties rushed forward

With snow forecast for tomorrow, all four of the Northern Bank Schools' Cup quarter-final matches have been brought forward by the Ulster Branch.

Today’s programme is: Methody v Ballyclare HS (Pirrie Park, 1.30pm); Ballymena Academy v Friends' School (Ballymena Academy, 2pm); BRA v Dalriada (Roughfort, 3pm); Wallace HS v Regent House (Wallace HS, 3.15pm).

Meanwhile two of the Subsidiary Shield quarter-final matches will be played tomorrow. They are: RS Armagh v Sullivan Upper (2.30pm); RBAI v Campbell College (3pm).

The Coleraine AI v Omagh Academy tie is scheduled for Saturday (11am) while details of the Limavady GS v Portora RS clash have not yet been finalised.

Meanwhile, an injury time try gave Cambridge House the Northern Bank Ulster Schools' Bowl by the narrowest of margins, 15-14 at Eaton Park yesterday.

Portadown had much the better of the first half exchanges and, although they led 11-0 at half-time, they should have been further ahead considering their abundance of possession. Christopher Goodland put them ahead with a penalty and further pressure was rewarded when flanker Scott Cochrane touched down. They kept to their task giving Cambridge House few chances and, although Goodland added a second penalty, the half-time score was not a fair reflection of the play. Five minutes into the second period and Tim Small reduced the arrears with a penalty before captain Adrian Hamilton picked up and barged over for Small to add the points.

The Ballymena team were back in the game but Portadown made it 14-10 with another Goodland penalty. The local team dominated the remainder of the tie and, in the closing minutes, were awarded a kickable penalty but decided to run the ball although the opportunity came to nothing. Then, in injury time, another penalty allowed them to kick into the corner and from the line-out Mark Paine crashed over.

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