Methody the masters in all departments

Methody ensured there was no upset in the Ulster Senior Schools Cup final as they swept aside underdogs Ballyclare High School at Ravenhill yesterday.

The Belfast side were contesting their 60th final in the competition and made it 33 outright wins having shared the title twice.

Playing with the aid of a strong breeze in the first-half the Belfast school scored three tries to capitalise on the early pressure the exerted.

Twice they went close before captain Rory Winters finally opened the scoring on 17 minutes when they mauled over the line with the openside flanker breaking off to touch down and winger Rudolph Benade converting.

Prop James Harrison added the second try following a strong run from his front row colleague Michael Lagan but Benade was unable to convert. Methody went into the interval with a 17-0 lead following a third try six minutes from the break.

Full-back Patrick Colhoun started the move with a dazzling run from the halfway line to the 22, he fed lock Marc Campbell who drove on, an overlap was created on the left wing and centre Conor McKee went over in the corner.

Ballyclare opened their account two minutes after the restart when full-back Jonathan Homles landed a penalty. They threatened to make a game of it when Homles slotted a second penalty seven minutes later.

Methody had lock Campbell yellow carded on 55 minutes and although Ballyclare had plenty of possession in their opponents 22 they couldn’t make their numerical advantage count.

Their last chance came when number eight Jonathan Darling was stopped on the line after a quick penalty.

Methody swept up the pitch and finished the game off with a fourth try with the final play of the game as flanker Chris Gracey finished of a slick handling move.

Scorers for Methodist College: Tries: R Winters, J Harrison, C McKee, C Gracey. Cons: R Benade.

Scorers for Ballyclare HS: Pens: J Homles (two).

BALLYCLARE HIGH SCHOOL: J Holmes, P Ferguson, E McKee, J Douglas, A Butler, J Irvine, C Millar; J Craig, M Logan, P Reid, M Dailly, S Barr, J McKinstry, G Bartley, J Darling.

Replacements: D Kelly for Dially (50), D Allen for McKinstry (50).

METHODIST COLLEGE: P Colhoun, E Mooney, M Gibben, C McKee, R Benade, R Edgar, D McElhinney; M Lagan, O McGoldrick, J Harrison, D Bingham, M Campbell, C Gracey, R Winters J Gallagher.

Replacements: D Rea for Gallagher (60).

Referee: R Kerr.


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