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This is the St Patrick's Day showpiece for Ulster colleges. The
Sun is trying to break through but I know one man who expects things to
heat up considerably later on. Here is our weatherman, Barra Best, with
a special forecast. Temperatures are set to soar at
1:15pm. Climate change has given rise to a unique
seen the hazy tank of maroon cloud crept steadily from Tyrone. It is
seen the hazy tank of maroon cloud and white cloud cover nudging its
way onto the radar from the south Derry area. We anticipate these will
impact over Armagh city and our satellite suggests that will
converge in one big belt at the Athletic Grounds. For the rest of
the afternoon, it is likely to rain goal and expect thunder and
lightening on the terraces. We know the 2014 MacRory Cup
campaign has been one of them was competitive for years and today is
an opportunity for the boys to become men.
Welcome to the Athletic Grounds in Armagh for the 2014 Danske Bank
MacRory Cup Final between the holders, St Pat's Maghera and Omagh
CBS. The match coming up live on BBC Two from 1:15pm. Great colour today
from both sets of travelling school Two from 1:15pm. Great colour today
flags to badgers to face painting. Too excited sets of supporters
hoping this will be the day for their school this afternoon. Omagh
hoping they can add a fifth title to their roll of honour and there was
hot tea, coffee and sandwiches all round as well. That is a trophy. The
MacRory Cup. Beautiful piece of silverware for post primary students
and the cream of the crop when it comes to Gaelic football in Ulster
and here come the challengers. Omagh, their ninth MacRory Cup
Final. They are managed by Keiran Donnelly and then Ian Moriarty.
Their first final was back in 1973 and are captained by a very young
foot on a cold Mickey Harte. Ever heard of him? They will hope that
today they can turn things around. -- footballer called Mickey Harte.
We go into all games as underdogs and it has worked for us and going
under the radar is not always a bad thing. There was going to be nerves
and I am sure there are a lot of big players, guys who have won last
year, and they will be feeling a little bit nervous. It is hard to
win twice. In past years we would have been expected to win but there
has been a drought so hopefully we can change that this year. History
does not matter to them, they are a very unique group and they don't
have to worry about past games. They are modest, they aspire to be the
best athletes they can be. They are modest, they aspire to be the
is what comes of it, the minors last year, that pressure. But we are
striving and we have to perform. You set the example and that is what we
hope to do on St Patrick's Day. It especially, it is an honour to be
the captain of the team, something I have always dreamt of. And the
silverware would just top it off for me.
They are a team with real belief, Omagh CBS. What about the champions?
In the blue and white of Maghera, they are getting ready to take to
the field. They are hoping for back-to-back titles in 2014 and
those are the supporters, who have big expectations. St Patrick's are
the reigning MacRory Cup and All-Ireland college champions. Can
they put back-to-back titles together today? Several players are
appearing in their third MacRory Cup Final in a row. They are managed by
a Tyrone man, Paul Hughes. Dungannon won back-to-back in 2008 and 2009
And St Colman's did that in 2010 and 11. They would dearly love to win
the double this afternoon. You just run out and you hear the
crowd. It is packed. You have been dreaming about this all of your
life. Every child has a desire to be on that stage and let us being
fortunate enough on that stage and let us being
say, if I can get in there, there is every chance I could be on that
stage also. My mother and father would watch me every month. It is
great. I want to win here. I tried not to watch the first one but last,
I watched that once and it gave me extra, knowing I did not want that
feeling again. Every week I have been watching it, last year. That is
only because you were Man of the Match! The final whistle was a great
feeling. It gives you extra. The champions are on a mission. Let
us talk to past winning cup captains from both schools today. Roman
MacRory Cup Omagh CBS from 2005 and Connor Cardinal, who lifted the
trophy 12 months ago. Nice memories? It is a very special day. It is
always special, your whole year in upper sixth form and it builds up to
the MacRory Cup. We can see pictures of you lifting the cup. You one by
one point, narrowly, but you did when. We were lucky, I dropped one
into the net. It is all but winning on the day. It is a very big
occasion and they hope these lads do not let the occasion get to them and
just enjoy it. Will they let it get to them? Maghera have played in the
last two so they will have the edge and the experience. Omagh, they have
got lots of minor players who were on drugs mark last year, so they
will be ready for this also. -- who were in Croke Park last year.
later, looking back on that success, it must be a very nice memory? I was
talking before the game about the build-up and I do remember the
school and getting the boss and it went to the replay. Do you remember
collecting the trophy? Not so much but I remember that night even
better! It was a great time. You beat simply from Kilkeel. That was
very special? -- Saint Louis. We beat Kilkeel before in the McCormick
cup so we knew about them. Your old school is up against it because St
Patrick's Maghera either defending Ulster All-Ireland champions. I was
chatting to Keiran Donnelly in the week and it is nothing new for these
guys, they come in as underdogs. Will you do this? I think St
Patrick's Maghera. They are confident. Let's go to the sideline
reporter, Thomas Kane. This is a massive occasion for the players and
the fans and Mrs redstarts, underneath the stand at the Athletic
Grounds. St Patrick's Maghera in the left and Omagh CBS in the right.
They have this wall of noise. They look around, they look a band might
see their family and friends and they make their way across here.
Martin, you were here 12 months ago. It was different, the weather was
different but the same occasion and the same price. Massive day for both
schools. We mention some other and fans, you must remember the
management. This is a very big day. Behind me, hundreds of fans from St
Patrick's Maghera. They are starting to make noise. All day, this man has
wanted one thing. He once is selfie! to make noise. All day, this man has
for a lot of them, even though some players were here 12 months ago, it
is new for a lot of them. This side of the stadium is dominated by Omagh
CBS. Who should we be looking for? Ronan McHugh. Can you do it? Yes!
Omagh CBS! A very big competition on the pitch and even bigger in the
stands to see who can cheer the loudest. Thomas Kane here on the
BBC. Don't forget the rugby is coming up from 3pm, Methody against
Campbell College. Let us talk about the Man of the Match, he lifted the
MacRory Cup Final in 2006. Kevin, is it nice to be back? Great to be
back, I have not been to the finals since the day we won this. Nice to
see all of the Conor and the noise and hopefully the boys will do
themselves justice. Was lifting the MacRory Cup the thing that
kick-started your career? Definitely, it was a massive
platform. Very lucky to win that on the day. We are training as a
pundit. What does your gut tell you? It says St Patrick's Maghera. Omagh
CBS are moving well, so it is a very big occasion. St Patrick's Maghera
will be used to this. Massive crowd, hopefully both teams can settle
down. OK, we will wish you luck. We will talk again at half-time. This
is the MacRory Cup Final live on BBC Two. Our commentary team is Conor
McManus, alongside Mark Sidebottom. Thank you very much and happy St
Patrick's Day. Welcome to Armagh. And the Cathedral of Ulster college
football and Conor McManus. You are looking forward to
is a very special day. Let us look at the teams, we begin with the
challengers. The class of 2014. Greater than the sum of its parts.
Patrick O'Neill is the keeper. And the cornerback, McQuaid. 38 Agro is
the captain. Midfield, Darcy. And Joe Colton is the vice captain.
Aidan McSorley and Ronan McHugh on his East and West.
Mac cloy is the keeper here. McNeil and Hegarty. The two McNeils know
where they should be. Significant sway for the Maghera
support here. Not quite there in the numbers, but none theless, CBS
chasing a title. New rules apply here. Black cards and there will be
six sucks tuTS. -- subs tuTS. Connor, this might be as good as it
gets for some? When you look through any of the finals, some of the key
names that are featured have all gone on to greater things.
You are listening to the voiS of Connor who played for Monaghan.
We're up and running. A little bit of a bump there. They've been asked
to play on. Maghera getting a bit of hands on
there. There's the captain there. Still over the sideline and it will
be a sideline ball for Maghera and I'll bring Connor back in. It's been
taken quickly and it's Danny tallon. Should have been, he knows it. The
crowd knows it. Brilliant thinking from the ball. You take it from
here. It was a great chance and would have been a very good start
for Maghera. Danny tallon's straight through and probably should have
finished, but unlucky. To be far to McCann, Omagh's full-back and
captain he did just about enough. He gives a nudge. He got a hand on it
and made it that wee bit more difficult. Maybe even a foul?
Possibly. He knows that they should have scored.
experience of the past campaigns into account.
There's the opening score of this MacRory Cu. He blasted his way. That
is a fine score and settle the nerveses early. Very good goal
there. Great start for Omagh and it should settle them down easily. They
were converging on them at a rate of knots. The distinction of the first
score in the 2014 Cup Final goes to your man there. They are greater of
the sum of their parts. McHugh there. He's arguably one of the
standout men who you would have expected to stand out. Maybe that
brings its own pressure? Surely, Mark. Probably should have done
better on that occasion. Again, pressure there.
The shot has come off Jack Doherty. He draws them level. Just 16 years
of age, Connor, the baby of the team. He call him the gym jockey.
He's never out of the gym. Very good score there. Patient with the ball
there. Great finish. There may be fairness, he took the ball nicely.
Paul Hughes and Derry there. Dermot there in the middle. He played back
in this Cup 30 years ago. Such a wealth of football expertise at St
Pat's Maghera. This is going to be a close one.
Cassidy's ball there. Well fielded. Gunning couldn't hold on to it
there. Coulton there. Good tackle there.
I like the composure about them. This is a corner. McQuaid giving it
out there. Needs a bit of support there. McSorley has gone to ground
and he has held on to that. Good call. Just interesting to see, both
teams are operating fairly defensively. They are floating
things out. Six of one and half a dozen. The call went against him.
Meantime, it's free. Taken quickly. McNeill wants the support.
Meantime, it's free. Taken quickly. keeper does well there. Maghera
could have keeper does well there. Maghera
minutes, but as it is they've keeper does well there. Maghera
shot wide and then it was Convery. Warn signs. Very good. In fairness
to O'Neill, great save. Maghera could really have missed chances
now. Mullan is doing the tackling and
lovely ball there. Cassidy there. Second point. They lead for the
first time. They are working hard for the scores, but they do have
such movement upfront, Connor? A lot of movement going on inside there.
Connor Cassidy very composed there. The dummy to James Darcy. I would
say this is the first time there is an Armagh man on the grounds who
wants a Tyrone side to win! Yeah, no, finnian there. Will be hoping
for the trophy. Finian a teach at CBS.
Fine ball in there. They come forward. He claims that. It's
McElduff. He's over. Six foot three and 14 stone and he used his
backside to good effect. Very good score there. Showed very well early
on. Got out and kicked a great score with the inside of the left foot.
It's a good start for Omagh. McSorley with a good ball. It's now
in the arms of Corless. McElduff with the ball over on the sideline.
Maghera, for the record 15 starting players drawn from five clubs. CBS,
15 starters drawn from across ten clubs, so maybe it would suggest
there is a little more understanding or tightness among the Maghera.
He's going to have a pop from that angle and it's tight. It's a fine
score. You would be proud of that? You would be happy. Good score. In
fairness now, the pair are showing very well inside there. And a fine
score from a fairly tight angle. Significantly, Connor, all three
Maghera points from different sources and all three from open
play? It's a fairly good open game. No sleepers and no dropping off, so
very much man for man and it's a fairly exciting game.
The keeper also doubles up as a free taker. 17 years old, from terrible
Kieran. -- Errigal. He will attempt to sit justice. He tried to handpass
that over the ball -- over the bar? Play continues with Corless, he has
been doubled up upon. Back to Samir. Belcher! Absolute belter! The fans
are out of their seats. He converted that and he deserved that? Very good
school, very direct foot fall from Omagh. -- football. Great finish.
McGrath was closest to him. And it is working. You talk about his size,
it is definitely working for him at the minute.
This is all about Omagh CBS, but very early stages. One thing St
Patrick's Maghera will not do is panic. It has been instilled in
them. Cassidy. His father played in the final last year. Parole,
intercepted by McHugh. He will have a shot. What was impressive about
the is he wanted that and he made that himself and Omagh CBS should
not have coughed that up as easily? He won that ball back himself and he
took that on. Massively impressive scorer from a very tight angle
again. Little bit casual, anything but casual was Samir. Very good
school. He was given in a lot of space.
The Danske Bank MacRory Cup Final, 2014. The referee has blown his
whistle. Conor Glass, he had that and lost
it. Aidan McSorley. His ball will be cut out and intercepted. Mulholland.
Very comfortable on the ball. Intercepted by Samir. Gives it back
to Ronan McHugh. Good, low ball from Joe Colton.
Causing difficulty for McElduff. And he has single-handedly made life
impossibly difficult. McGrath tried to play that from the front?
Definitely a foul. They have given him some high balls. He is proving a
handful for the full-back line. This will be taken by Gavin Slane. From
the Greencastle club. This will be the first free kick of the day.
Contrary done. 1-0. We are labouring this, but it was McElduff who you
must credit for that? He is winning that in front. He is proving very
much a handful. Early to talk about Man of the Match but no one from
Omagh CBS has ever won that. As things stand! Is a very long way to
go. He is putting his name forward for that at the
go. He is putting his name forward in the middle. Joe Colton. Omagh CBS
Burgess winning those breaks, they seem to be more hungry. -- Omagh CBS
are just winning. The keeper should come for that. He did not want to
collect too early. It is quite hard at their, it'll be difficult to
judge at times, especially for keeper? There is a lot of bounce.
Paul McAtamney, Jack Docherty. Samir, playing much deeper than his
number would suggest. I was in both dressing rooms before this and St
Patrick's Maghera were very relaxed, coming from the fact that many of
these men are in their third consecutive final. And that means a
lot, they have been here and done it. They can enjoy it more.
Gavin Slane. Cassidy being held up by McGale. They are just probing.
Looking to get one of their faster men on the ball, this is the
captain. Very good school. And St Patrick's Maghera needed that. Omagh
CBS were taking over a little bit. It was Ronan McHugh who was closest.
But that was a very good score. They look relaxed. They have seen a lot
of MacRory Cup Rumack. -- MacRory Cups. They are not strange to the
To be fair to the referee, it was big occasion. Paul has a voice
To be fair to the referee, it was the right call. This has not been
difficult to referee and this was the reason. It was a free kick. In
fairness to Branigan, he gave him the advantage and let him play
through. He could not go any further. He is very strong on the
ball, Mulholland? Yes, very pacey. This is Gavin Slane, his father is a
technician in the school and his mother is the secretary. Omagh CBS
were wise to that. He takes the shot! Glass! The man inside was just
temporarily held up. The full forward is protesting that he should
have a penalty. We might get another look, but Samir was on the overlap
and he was protesting with the referee, just as the ball was
off-loaded, he was impeded. Omagh CBS, Joe Colton. He has a sweet left
foot. With the off-load. Aidan McSorley. Confronted by his opposite
number. Glass, a moment ago he was in the full forward line giving off
the ball. St Patrick's Maghera have created three goal opportunities and
have taken none of them. Their captain again. Conor Glass, looking
for the run outside. That is very good cornerback play. It was McQuaid
who got the intended tackle. Really belong rightly. -- moving along.
Darcy. He has given up to Aidan McSorley. He has a man outside,
looking for his second. It has just gone wide.
looking for his second. It has just comes in and look at the full
forward, Danny Tallon. On the run. Was he dragged back? He could have
been. It would not have been a penalty. 13 yard free. He was right.
He is saying to the referee, I was pulled.
Well taken by Conor Glass. That is the reason -based unions are after
him. He is a commentator's dream with that thatch of bright red hair.
-- the reason the Australians. He just took a heavy knock on his back.
He is just 16. Andy is the same weight of you -- same weight as you,
78 kilograms. I would be about 81! That is the bench. He has played in
more MacRory Cup Final 's and I have had hot dinners. -- than I have had.
A great shock of the finest. That was well played by Samir. Given away
to McSorley, his ball was hotly contested and it was won by McNeill.
He spots the man on the overlap, Cormac O'Doherty. This is good
football from Ciaran McCloy. Cassidy, up to the corner. Well
marshalled. He does enough to lose him. He did not quite get his
bearings right. He did everything else right,
bearings right. He did everything could not get the finish. Yes. St
Patrick's Maghera are isolating Conor Convery. They are looking to
get the early ball. In this part of the double-header, the Schools' Cup
rugby final is also coming from Ravenhill in the company of Gavin
Andrews, that is after this with Methody and Sullivan Upper. A double
date of sporting delight brought to you confidence of BBC Northern
Ireland. -- brought to you courtesy of BBC Northern Ireland. At the
minute, they are all chasing McGrath. He has given it back to
Cormac O'Doherty. It is nigh with Jack Docherty. Hegarty. -- now. Very
methodical. Whatever happened to kicking the ball? ! St Patrick's
Maghera seem to be content to just keep the ball and work it up the
field. They are holding possession quite well. But for the last 60
seconds, the ball has not moved 20 metres. I will go for 22 passes and
they are still in their own half. Kicked, and this time it is from
McGrath. This has been coached into them. No comment on the teams, this
is the way they have been coached? Everybody seems very comfortable on
the ball. It was kicked away. McElduff. He comes deep, looking for
ball. This is the man you want on it.
ball. This is the man you want on Cassidy. He was held up. That was a
good ball in from Samir. Paul Gunning. Conor Convery. They are
comfortable winning possession. Paul Gunning. I think sometimes they are
looking too much for that killer pass. This is Samir. He worked hard
and he got it. That is a very good school. Downey and Conor Convery,
they played very well for that. He shook his man. And a great scorer
from his left foot. The sides level. He could not have got any tighter,
it was just good football. Very comfortable on the ball. All from
the Glen Maghera club. The entire full forward line play for the Glen
Maghera club. They know each other intimately and intuitively. There's
that understanding that translates to this club squad also. Into the
middle. Cassidy. Maghera look to take the lead. Tallon increasingly
exerting a greater effort. Five shirts around him and Tallon did
keep possession, but Hegarty pushing there. O'Doherty is being closed in
by Corless. Can he do enough? Yes. The overlap. Gunning there. Glass!
Back in the midfield there. McGale is there. Space down the right flank
from McCann and the captain. He cuts back into traffic. Coulton popping
out. Sammir is keeping is. Murray. back into traffic. Coulton popping
He's back on him. In the minute he's trying to get one, so he's forced to
go low and a high one, but underneath it. And it is lost. They
were two -- there were two goal opportunities in as many seconds and
somehow Maghera have contrived. This should have been the first of them.
Great save from the Maghera goalie. Great defending. I think the keeper
got attached to the shot here. It was the keeper. Number 12 there.
McGrath there. I thought it was Gavin. I thought it was McCloy. In
any event, it was a combination of both and they kept them out for what
looked like a certain second goal. Certain. Omagh have gone quiet
there. Ten minutes since the last score. That's the benefit of having
him in your arsenal. More of them can do it and so too can he. Great
score from McNeill. It's a huge matter to a team. You need to pull
it off and score them when you are wearing pink boots. Maghera did
well. Back into the lead go Omagh. Glass did well. High tackle. That
was high. The referee didn't look to his book. Glass wanted to take this
one quickly. The cornerback has lost it.
Corless is in possession and he has two men there. McElduff is calling
for it on the edge of the square. two men there. McElduff is calling
quality of ball and for one moment I thought they were probably taking
too much out of it, but a very well-worked score. Perfectly timed.
What about the ball? Brilliantly patient ball there. Kept probing it.
Great pass across. Great finish. The quality of the ball, then coming on
to it at speed. Chipped over the top and they lead by two. Having gone
ten minutes without a score, they've now stuck over two in the space of
90 seconds. There will be one minute of time to be added on. Coulton
there. I wouldn't worry. Shean could have given it back to
him. Hegarty there. -- Slane could have given it back to him. Hegarty
there. McHugh now. Wants to get on the scoresheet. Not quite. We are
into the one minute of time to be added on. It's been a good first
half? Fairly exciting. Goal chances at either end. Maghera would
probably feel they could have got at least one if not two goals. You feel
there's a goal in Maghera yet. McCloy 6 - 3. The which Isle goes.
It's been eventful and it's a game which has yielded up-to-date just
one goal and that is the man who got that goal. He could have had a
second. Maghera could have had two or three. Half-time here in the mac
Rory cup. It's the holders St Pat's Maghera who are in the lead. Don't
forget still to come at 3.00pm rugby with
forget still to come at 3.00pm rugby but not all one-way traffic here in
Armag. Omagh leading the champions Maghera by two points. Over now to
Kevin who has been watching the first half and reflecting on. We
knew Maghera were the team to beat, but Omagh believe in themselves
there? Definitely. I watched them in the warm-up and they seemed sharp.
Settled early and a little bit of confidence. They are causing a lot
of hassing. Quality balls in there. Great start by Omagh, but Maghera
seem to be on the prowl and a couple of chances could have been a
different game. Omagh were described before this as a team, a real team,
not individuals and we are seeing that? I think they've had two tough
tests. They are digging deep for each other and the backs are pushing
forward. You can see the team could withstand the second half. If this
match comes down to misses will the champions regret the missed goals? I
think. They've had two, but the double save by the keeper for Omagh
was crucial too. A couple of good balls in. The keeper he come out for
one brilliantly, but the chances were good, but not gilt-edged.
Unlike Maghera to miss? Good chances. All three Glen lads seem to
be creating loads of space. The keepers have been impressive at both
ends? Definitely. The Omagh goalkeeper had a great time. Doing a
lot of good work. We can hear he's orchestrating the defence and
producing the defence. What about the chance? Tallon and Glass? Was
there a suspicion of a potential penalty? Slight pull, but if a
penalty was given -- You would be jumping up and down? I think so. I
don't think it's a penalty. Maghera weren't able to take their chances
so far. Omagh got one and boy, did they take it? Definitely. The
full-forward has caused a lot of hassle. Great ball. The high ball
in. Have you been impressed and gets it well. But he can finish.
He is going to cause problems. McElduff has impressed you so far?
Very good. His movement, he's got a sweeper in there for him, which
people don't see at home, but he's a handful and a great finisher. What
should Maghera do? Change who is on him? What do you do? I think that's
what they've been doing, to bring number 12 forward and the sweeper,
but there might be a wee bit more pressure and Omagh seem hungry. The
keeper pulled off two great saves? He did. It could have been five or
six. It would have been a great lead, but the keeper, such a great
save from the flick and then to get up again. Fantastic. Great double
save. A good ball in, causing problems. Super save. I think
between himself and the number 12 they kept it out, but it could have
been a different game. Omagh will be excited at half-time in the sense
they know there's fruit to be had inside? I think from going into the
game they maybe didn't think they would have got as much out as
they've had with the sweep going in. If the ball is going in it doesn't
have to be great, but maG are going to come out with more fight.
Briefly, what do the champions need to do to turn this around? We can
see Conor Glass getting a good run and close attention from the two
midfielders. Young Cassidy has to kick a point. If they get Glass on
the ball they can get in there. They are making great movement and the
chances are there. Tallon seems to be a good marksman. Kevin, thank
you. We'll show you highlights of the curtain raiser here. It was the
final here in Armag. Two Donegal sides contesting this.
had no chance. It could have been a second goal one minute later, but it
was wide. Three minutes in, and it was almost a goal. O'Donnell
charging through, but it trickled out for a 45. The first point came
from Hume. The first point from play came after 13 minutes. This score
leaving the opponents just two points behind.
The deficit was reduced thanks to this wonderful score from McBride.
This score from Sean Hume gave a one-point lead.
Drama hit the grounds. Niall owe done knell was fouled inside the
area, so penalty. Two points behind, there was a pressure on McDaid, but
he finished perfectly. O'Donnell was hit off the ball.
Perhaps a strange blessing in disguise with time almost up, as he
picked up the ball and hit this wonderful insurance point. The final
whistle blew. Joy for Letterkenny. Disappointment for the opponents.
Conor O'Donnell lifted the Cup. The benefit of being here is the
fact that all The benefit of being here is the
smiling since the final whistle. You were the captain, what did it feel
like? Unbelievable. It was better than what you dreamed. Best thing
ever. It's great to leave the school on a high. You got off to the
worst-possible start? Yeah, but I think we knew how to react. We got
that in the quarter final. I think we knew how to react and reacted in
the right way. Neil, you are the manager, Donegal schools haven't
been that successful in the past, but can you kick on from this?
Hopefully we can. In 2007 we won the Cup last. And this year, six or
seven of these boys are there next year and if we add a couple of
players we can kick on and 2007 was a surprise, and nobody gave us hope,
but we got through to the semifinal and they still beat us that night,
but we have learnt a lot. Success for the county team influences the
young players going up? These boys came in as Michael Murphy left and
you can see the pictures on the wall and even the success with the
schools level, Michael has won everything. Certainly, the success
of the Donegal 2012 is bound to have helped. You are going to a Donegal
school again? Yeah. Hopefully we can go all the way, but we'll not think
past Saturday. We have to play and hopefully we play better then. We
have played against them down the years and we have played against
many other teams so it will be a good game. Enjoy yourselves. I'm
sure you'll have a fantastic St St Patrick?s Day.
It is nice to see these schools do well. It did not happen when we were
at school, seven or eight years ago. well. It did not happen when we were
through who put the well. It did not happen when we were
map. I saw them in action, there were three men marking him, no
different to today. It is good to see them, the under 21 is going
well, it stands them in good stead. Come back here, Omagh CBS leading.
Sometimes it does not work out that the team in the lead when is it.
Yes, when you see games by that it can pass teams by, I am not saying
that has happened but all of a sudden, 20 minutes left, the game is
chasing away from you. I think Omagh will be quietly confident. They have
experienced heads in the backroom team. Euro midfielders so I know you
will be watching the midfield battle. Conor Glass is a talented
guy. He will have two more years after this. Do they need anything
more from him? He is getting a lot of attention, every time he seems to
make a run forward he is getting contact, which is acceptable. Here's
a marked man. To think he is only a 50 year and people are expecting so
much from him. -- fifth year. I would not be surprised if he rattles
them in in the second half. A lot of effort has gone into what the fans
are wearing. There are painted faces, they have been given thunder
sticks as well. There is one person who stands out, and fittingly, on
Saint Patrick Day, the best dressed reporter is the man himself. --
supporter. I don't think anybody has had more
photographs taken than you today. Everybody wants a photo with you.
Talk us through this outfit. The inspiration behind it, put a
Talk us through this outfit. The fixing it up for me, a lot of work
was put into it but it has all paid off in the end. What is it like in
the stands? Obviously a massive occasion. Looking behind you, most
of the previous winners are in the stand. It is fantastic for them. It
is something else. It's a great occasion for the college. Can you do
it in the second half? No bother. Give your team a blessing. I
probably won't. You've also won a prize. Congratulations.
A vote of confidence for the champions from Saint Patrick. Who
will win the second half and more importantly, the trophy? Can the
champions turn it around? I think in the first half there was a bit of
wind. It is settling pretty good here for a good second half. I can
see it being very even, the battles in midfield... I think if they get
the ball in early, it will be nip and tuck. Is that the key for you?
Yes, if they can stop McElduff, it should be enough. Tyrone or Derry,
who are you going for? Tyrone. Vote of confidence. Thank you very much
for that. Any of the action you have missed today, you can see on the BBC
sport website later on. If you use Twitter, we are on that as well.
Back to the commentary team. Omagh are leading.
Thank you to the colourful Saint Patrick alongside Thomas. He is off
to find himself a hill. draw, they always bring that to the
game. It is a great occasion, Saint Pat Day. There is great colour and
great atmosphere in the stand. Little man wearing his Brian
O'Driscoll hat. We have received a tweet from a guy in Twickenham, who
claims to be the brother of Patrick O'Neill. He is a student in
Twickenham. Thanks for listening in, and if you're watching, there is a
goal for you. -- goal. It is snack time. You are on. They
are making their way from the tunnel. Even though we said this
side were greater than the sum of their parts, it is worth pointing
out that they are no slouch is. Yes, there are 1213 on the team, they are
definitely no slouch is. They have proved more than a match so far for
Maghera. They are being kept in the dressing room, I expect they are
engaging in a little mind games. I know there is not a finite time you
can stay in the dressing room, you can probably pick up a fine, but why
do managers do this? I'm not really too sure. Maybe trying to get an
edge but I don't think it makes a whole lot of difference. They are
going to bunch in until Omagh come out. I know you have asked me not to
ask you, but do you fancy Maghera to get back into this one or do you see
Omagh get back into this one or do you see
there is more to come get back into this one or do you see
think if they get a goal, they are going to be the team to beat. I saw
a man in a blazer go down the tunnel, and whenever you see that,
you know the civil service has gone to open doors. Outcome Omagh CBS,
they take to the field. It will be interesting to save McElduff comes
out, and there he is. He is there go to man. If he can have another
second-half when he had in the first half they will be hard to beat. I
feel there is more to come from Maghera. The thoughts of Conor
McManus, one of the finest of Ulsterpos-mac current crop of
footballers. The Danske Bank MacRory Cup
second-half is underway. An early opportunity with just a few
seconds of this half on. Good start from Maghera, they went straight
down the field and they will have a chance now. He was a substitute last
year, his brother captained the team in 2012. He has another brother on
the bench. He is six feet and 18 years of age.
I think the gift you. It is a confidence that courses
in the veins. Then you get to 35, 40, there is nothing but nerves.
There is no shortage of confidence out here.
Testing ball for Conor Glass to get onto. Ships it out. They are level.
Great scorer. Conor Glass on the burst again. I've seen him one twice
on the burst through the middle in the first half. Great scorer there.
He probably got the call but they were making the point you have made,
about that. Line of play, they just instinctively know, the way they can
work in that neat little triangle is proving really difficult for Omagh
CBS to content with. That looks like something they have done before.
It is the first MacRory Cup that John has missed since 1843.
Congratulations to them. We are level. Omagh CBS have been involved
in quite a few games over the years. They have taken the lead. It looked
good. He knew it the moment it had left his foot, Cormac O'Doherty.
good. He knew it the moment it had Line. They are moving very well
know. It is a great start to the second half for Maghera. Maghera
back into the lead. The break is on. Who is the
hungrier? The ball has gone out, it is a
Maghera ball. Do you know what I think? They stayed in the dressing
room too long. This is Danny Tallon, he has drawn
the foul. I thought he got a hand to the ball, but in deference to the
referee, he is much closer. That tackle was OK but I think he had
blown prior to that. He had given the advantage. Maghera would be the
happier of the two sides in the second half, they have settled in
the second-half a lot better and they are starting to impose the
game. Yes, this is potentially a fourth consecutive score without
reply. He has got it. Very good score from Conor Convery. Cool as
you like, over the bar. Fourth of the second half, they are into
double figures. the second half, they are into
by two and they remain switched on -- champions lead by two. I wonder
what point Omagh begin to think about introducing a few of their
own. Down the line to Jack Docherty. Good
running off the ball. I thought he was foiled but the referee allowed
play to continue. Omar need to score just to settle themselves. They have
been totally overrun in the first five minutes of the second half.
They have gone eight or nine minutes without a school hence the wearing
of the slightly worried look on the bench.
Well fetched in the middle by Cassidy. Cassidy cutting back
inside. McGale. He could not hold on to that. It was a decent ball but a
little behind him. Conor Convery. Good play by Danny Mullan. He had to
be strong. Mullan has picked up a little knock off the ball. Branigan,
his brother played in the 2008 final. He is trying to keep it in
the family. Good defending their from Mullan. Very good defending. It
was an important ball to win because it was one-on-one. I
was an important ball to win because head. I am sure he will shake that
of. Keeping it in the family. O'Neill. His brother watching in
London. I trust you are enjoying St Patrick's Day whether you are and
wherever you are watching. The rugby schools final to come from
Ravenhill. That has gone wide. Omagh CBS needed
that. They need to get a score to settle themselves down and get back
into the game. They are only two points down. I have watched enough
and you will have played enough to know that games do ebb and flow. The
opening ten minutes of this second half has been all Maghera. There is
only two points in it so it is still all to play for. A well-placed
kick. Good running of the ball. Mulholland. He is going to go all
the way! He has the man over. Cut back inside and I think he should
have taken it off his left foot. A good chance for Maghera. Why didn't
he put it over with his left? He probably could have got the shot
away himself. He had run 50 or 60 yards. Give credit to McQuaid who
did close him down quickly. You can see that in your peripheral vision.
He just did enough to put him off. Again, it is the break which is won
by Maghera in the middle. Danny Tallon playing at full forward
and sticking inside and they are getting ball to him. He is such an
intelligent player. He peeled off his defender there. It was a great
pass from Conor Convery again. Keiran Donnelly, a fine foot falling
brain -- footballing. He has been a router run. A great score. He went
all of 30 yards there. McNeill. They call him biceps and you can see why.
A very good score. It puts Maghera three ahead now. He is a quiet man.
17 years of age. It is his first final and he loves the gym. It is
getting away from Omagh CBS. There is still only three points in it but
you get the feeling Maghera have turned over -- taken over in the
middle of the field. Conor Glass. Omagh CBS just need to get a grip of
this. Gavin Slane is after it. Still doing well. Gavin Slane needs a bit
of support. He will get it eventually. Ronan McHugh has been
quiet by his own standards. It has been filtered all the way back.
Murray gives it to Darcy. Full of running. Conor Glass. That is class.
A brilliant score. Omagh CBS needed that and it should settle them down
in the second half. If the game was to end in a draw,
there would be a replay. It will not go to extra time.
Danny Tallon. Good football. Danny Tallon. Of the line! Brilliantly
stopped. Danny Tallon does it. It was coming. It was as inevitable as
St Patrick's Day. A brilliant score from Danny Tallon. And good
refereeing because he allowed the advantage. He was being pulled back
here. I am not sure who cleared the ball. Just watch the left-hand
coming in, there is the shirt tug. And the follow-up. Well finished.
Fantastic follow-up. Let's just check if there was a double bounce
in here. Was there a foul in the build-up to this? There was a
suggestion that he double hopped the ball. One. That is the double
bounce. That is a foul. The shop has coming. It has come of
Doherty, it has gone wide. The referee did not spot it. He allowed
play to continue. And referee did not spot it. He allowed
It is McGinn. Maghera have really picked on in this second half. He is
telling the referee, I think. Off-camera. Here it is. Here is the
foul. One bounce. Two bounces. They can see it on the big screen and the
rest will know it should not have stood. But it has done. And it will
be unfortunate if that goal, ultimately, is the difference. Conor
Glass. Maghera rampant. Thence the brakes.
Sometimes they go with you, sometimes they go against you.
Sometimes I wonder when the referee is wired for sound too busy lines
men, how can six or seven or eight thereof eyes not spot it? We did not
initially because we were following the play and that is what happened
to the referee. It was hard to see what happened. You would have
thought maybe the linesman would have seen it. Gavin Slane. This is
Ronan McHugh. They need it. They have got it. A big score for Omagh
CBS. Things were starting to get away from them. It just keeps them
in touch. Despite the fact that he was
arguably man of the match in the first half, Michael Duff -- McElduff
has been quiet in the second half. He has been
has been quiet in the second half. Cassidy. Great support. Through the
middle he goes. Darcy. He did brilliantly to get back there. Paul
Gunning. Brilliant. What was good about that was that Danny Tallon was
screaming for it but Paul Gunning decided to take the initiative. He
took it on himself under pressure and it was very impressive. The
Maghera front line has looked very impressive all day. The tackle broke
kindly for Paul Gunning and he did the rest. They are not making any
mistakes. When they get half a chance, they are taking them. Five
points between them, 48 minutes on the clock. 12 to go. Omagh CBS need
a goal, of that I am absolutely sure.
Paul McAtamney has had a very good second half. A great ball to Conor
Glass. He might well spot that the man inside is Doherty. He gets the
break. Doherty. Well worked. They really are impressive when they are
in full flow. They are playing very good football upfront. They are
using the ball well. They are a handful for the Omagh CBS defence.
They look worried but I suspect they should not be.
About 11 minutes to go plus whatever injury time there might be.
Corless. McElduff. He has gone to injury time there might be.
high. Well one. I thought Omagh CBS could have had a bit more
conviction. They seemed to stand of it. Cassidy. The difference in the
second half has been Maghera scoring, although one of the goals
should not have stood. Danny Tallon. Conor Glass. The tackle was high. I
think it was the fullback and captain. He has just been told to
cool it down. They are going to make a
substitution. Peter has been out of the game for
five or six months. Good to see him back. I think he picked up a
hamstring. They had been some worry in the Omagh CBS camp, a lot of
their boys picking up hamstring injuries. Moriarty and Donna Lee.
There is something in it because there does seem to be a lot of
injuries been picked up. Maybe. Nine minutes to go. Looking to put
together back-to-back titles and they are ten minutes away from doing
that. Cormac O'Doherty. Danny Tallon in space. Such an intelligent
footballer. And in space. Such an intelligent
Paul Gunning. Well ripped off him. It was stolen from him by Danny
Mullan. Not a great deal of urgency about Omagh CBS but they need scores
quickly. Calling for it is Gavin Slane. He was fouled, I thought. He
sees the ball spill. He has kept it in! He could go lower! Surely! He is
lying prostrate and in agony and in disbelief because I don't know and
he does not know how that one stayed out. A big chance. It would have
brought them right back into the game. Was there a foot block? If
there was, that should have been a penalty. That should have been a
penalty. As he takes his shop, no, it was a hand.
Well, that was a food block. -- foot. Technically, when does that
become a penalty and when does that, block? I thought the initial tackle
by Peter Hagan had been. This is a grey area. This is unquestionably a
foot block, which is illegal in the tackle, but there is six metres
there. I don't know. I really don't know. The referee has obviously
interpreted that as their, but on occasions you have seen penalties
given for that. It would probably be harsh. But you could see them given.
It is not going to stay in play, and on the field of play is Brian
Cassidy, he is a 50 year. -- fifth year. You have to say they have been
influential, the wingbacks for Maghera. Very good getting forward.
I'm just glad there is more than three points in it, ruling out that
contentious goal. We still have a few minutes to go, it is not over,
but... It feels like they are running down
the clock, doesn't it? Yes. He has conceded the 45, and the
umpire off camera agrees. There are talking points. There have been no
shortage of talking points. Should this goal has stood? The antigen
that is it should not. I don't know about the penalty.
The race is on, and it is going to be one. He did not know where the
Looking for his second of the he has rotated 360, and
Looking for his second of the second-half. And other brilliant
goal from Darcy. You can see him there, he made his ankle as he was
running. He has done his town proud. I know that neck of the woods, my
wife is from there. I once took her out to the field and you would think
a spaceman has landed. Three to go. Looking to put together
back-to-back victories. He has given it to his captain,
Peter Hagen. Two minutes remaining. I can tell you the man of the match
in the 2014 as the back MacRory Cup is Danny Tallon. There is a man down
and injured for Maghera. Play will continue. It is Gavin Slane. They
need a goal and they needed quickly. It has gone wide. You can tell what
he was doing. He was having a go and if it dropped short, he would have a
team-mate underneath it. To be fair, no better man to be underneath
it. I think that is Peter Hagen. He's had a good game. He battled
hard, he has taken a knock. Padraig McGirr is coming on. They
will drop him in midfield, hope he wins possession and hoof it forward.
So, we are just about to ebb into the final minute, four points
separate the teams. It will be a difficult day for the
referee because he will know that he has made a mistake and he is human.
Mistakes happen. It is difficult to get it right. The difficulty is, it
would be a much more nervous conclusion and in some respects you
ask yourself about that. It is hypothetical, we are where we are.
We are one minute from the final whistle.
Conor Convery is alongside there. Comfortable in possession.
The guy that has been brought in for CBS, Padraig McGirr, his hamstring
has gone off on the side. They are down a man. Gavin Slane... Gone
wide. Unfortunately, Padraig McGirr has had to go off having just been
brought on. Hugely disappointing for him,
brought on. Hugely disappointing for an impact, having to go off. It is a
sad day for Padraig McGirr. On and off. Consoling pat on the back. Four
points of different, we are into the second minute of time added on. Even
though Danny Tallon is man of the match, Conor Glass has pushed him
all the way. Very impressive in the second half.
We are on the cusp of seeing them get a 14th title, back-to-back. The
reigning all Ireland Champs. The referee has checked his watch,
you will know that time is just about up. This is Conor Convery. He
gives it to die talent. He has pulled a hamstring, I think. He is
in possession, he wants to hear the whistle.
Nearly into the third minute, there is the whistle. It has gone. Conor
Glass hoists it into the crowd. They will hoist the MacRory Cup aloft,
they have done it, they have won it, and it is because of their superior
start to the second half. That was the difference. They really came out
in the second half, when they threw it up and went straight down the
field, there was only one team in it. Hugely impressive. Confirmation
of the Final Score, Maghera are back-to-back champions.
You are struggling with cramp but I'm sure you
You are struggling with cramp but not. I forgot all about it,
You are struggling with cramp but unbelievable. How does it compare to
12 months ago? Same again, even bigger achievement, back-to-back. I
cannot believe. Were you a little bit fortunate with the goal with the
two bouncers? I did not notice it, I thought it was. My instinct was that
was a double bounce but we got it. Congratulations. You either man of
match. Well done. -- you had the man of the match. Danny Tallon is the
man of the match, let's talk to the winning manager, Paul Hughes.
Whatever you said, it worked. I think it is all these eulogies, the
half-time team talk is, I basically at the boys to be honest. A lot of
them are breaking the ball in the middle, we let ourselves down, so we
said to them, you made a promise at the start of the game that you were
going to win that battle. We said they need to work harder in the
second half, it worked for us, we pushed Danny Tallon higher up the
pitch, you worked very well, and he enjoys playing there. I great,
honest club. I thought we got more control of the ball in the second
half, it gave us more opportunities, we made better use of possession. I
think we bring people into the game. He is honest and hard-working. He
was determined to get the second one. That is back-to-back titles,
I'm sure you would like to win more. We will let you go to the
presentation. Well done. We will go to the presentation with Mark
Sidebottom. The man with the microphone there. A great big mix of
blue and white. The man who is about to
He is wearing the mud and muck of the Athletic Grounds. The trophy
will be handed over by Danny Stanton of Danske Bank.
Let us listen for the rower. Back-to-back, Maghera once more. The
Dragon gets his hands on the trophy, the MacRory Cup -- Peter Hagan.
It is a Derry hand, and it is back to Austin O'Callaghan. As the rain
falls, the 14th MacRory Cup success, Peter Hagan begins his
acceptance speech, and that is when we will take our leave. The rugby is
coming up very shortly. It is live from 3pm right here, but today was
the day that belonged to the blue and white of Maghera, they have
back-to-back titles, now they will head to the all Ireland series and
save they can make it back-to-back cup successes as well. From
everybody here, goodbye. congratulations to St Pat's and
welcome to Ravenhill, the home of Ulster Rugby, and the Schools' Cup.
It is Methodist College versus Sullivan Upper. The second oldest
competition in world rugby. There is a new face for this old arena, a
ground with almost a century of stories to tell.
For 90 years, it has been the finals home, a great arena where young
players battle. A new face for an old ground, the pitch the same to
ground and pound. With bones rattle. 70 minutes for history to be made,
hiccups, colour, banners and noise. A day to remember for all that were
here. The whole school behind their boys. New you rose to immortalise on
the school walls, expects sweat and blood and no room for fears. The
clock will quickly take away as the young warriors consolidate their
years. It is that time again.
Cup final. Paddy Wallace is here and a European cup winner who knows a
thing or two about this occasion. A finalist in 1993. Special
memories? The highlight of my schools rugby career, even though
the result did not go the right way, but it was momentous. And 21 years
ago Paddy Wallace was watching that in the stand. That was my first
final, attending as a spectator, and it gave me a taste of what it means
for the schools and the supporters. Unfortunately, I got knocked out in
3/4-finals so disappointing never to taste this day. Let's take a look at
the two teams. It is the big guns against the underdogs. Methody going
for their third win in a row. From their point of view, this is a big
day in their school's history, never mind the rugby side of the history.
They have scored a fair amount of points on their way here. A very
well drilled pack, everybody knows what they are going to bring to this
occasion. A fine set of forwards and then equally adept set of backs.
Let's meet the team, the Holywood school. They are known for producing
some world-class athletes. For them this day is extra special.
Every dream begins somewhere. For the players and coaches of Sullivan,
that dream begins here, the town of Holywood. It is with success has
reached an international scale. And as our history grows, so does
the pressure. 137 years we have waited, but we are
here now. This is one of the greatest moments
of my life. It is in our genes to stand up against the best. People
talk about is making history, but that is not what motivates us. We
want to win for each other. There are many ways to remember and
honour the past. But nothing sweeter than seizing the present.
They have waited a long time for their big day out. In complete
contrast to the opposition, who have played in more finals than any other
team, they have one more school cuts than any other team, they are simply
the Methody machine. I think success is defined as
setting up goals which you achieve. Our goal is to win the Schools' Cup.
Achieving your goal, which you have built towards throughout the year, a
successful athlete sets high goals and does everything in his power to
achieve those. Defining success is achieving your goals so we aim to
win the Schools' Cup. That is what we set as a goal. Getting that goal
is success. Achieving your aim or goal, which for us is winning the
Schools' Cup on St Patrick's Day. rugby player dreams of.
Methody once again are the Schools' Cup winners.
Ross Kane holds Irish rugby's oldest trophy aloft.
I think we have a different mindset to everyone else. We fight for each
other on the page, we do it as brothers, we do it as a team. We
come to rugby every day and we fight for each other and that is why we
have been so successful. I think it is the environment we coming to in
the first year in the school. The rugby Andy winning environment. You
build on that as you go to the school. The dedication and attitude
towards training is what sets the foundation for achieving your goals.
It is the combination between the coaching, the facilities and the
players themselves. From an early age, we focus on winning. From the
first year to the other sex, the goal they have set themselves in the
first year is to be in the first team. -- upper sixth.
In Methody we have a team coping with expectation. Sullivan are
coping with a massive occasion. The coach will be embracing that
underdog tag. It is nice when ever you are playing in a big match to
have a chip on your shoulder and Sullivan will certainly have won
today going against the Giants that are Methody. It is such a big day.
Willie Anderson, everything he buys into, he believes 100%. I have no
doubt that these Sullivan side will be highly prepared. They might even
have a trick or two up their sleeves. We know that Methody have
beaten them twice this year already. Methody tend to wrap it up
whenever it comes to Schools' Cup time. Sullivan will be
whenever it comes to Schools' Cup history to one side? I am sure they
have enjoyed the last couple of weeks. The town is buzzing, or the
shop fronts are covered in Sullivan colours. It is dealing with back --
pressure. There is massive expectation on Methody as well. If
Sullivan can get into them early and put points on the board, it is how
Methody deal with that because they probably have not faced being under
the cosh so far. Let's go and soak up some of the atmosphere pitch
side. We are just in front of the Sullivan
supporters and they have not stopped cheering since they set foot inside
Ravenhill. This can always attracts former students back to support
their teams. I am joined by a Sullivan old goal. Why was it
important for you to come here today? It is absolutely huge. It is
the first time Sullivan have ever been in the Schools' Cup final. I
have literally just come back from the States, all my friends are here
and I wanted to support the gang. A lot of the supporters broke out into
cheer. You have got quite a reception. It is unbelievable. It is
so good to be back in the country and have support from everyone back
home during the Olympics was absolutely insane. Just to be year
is amazing. You have got a lot of media attention. How is life? Pretty
casual, just the same as always. It is pretty crazy having the odd
person say to me in the street, well done at the Olympics. I am mind
blown by the support. You are not going near a commentary booth today,
are you? No, I am here just to enjoy myself with my friends. Lovely to
see you. Thank you very much. It is a special day and all the
colour we can see. It is important for both sets of teams to enjoy
this. That is what it is all about. Obviously they want to win, nobody
be the last occasion many of them get to play at Ravenhill. It is an
intimidating arena. I don't into Stephen Ferris and he said it was
pretty big. That may play into Methody's favour. They have won the
last two competitions. That adds the pressure of being successful like
the teams that have gone before them. Sullivan, it is a day out for
them, they are not used this, so they can embrace this and enjoy it.
And the standard of rugby, they are all big boys now. One of them is
over six foot seven and 100 kilograms. Looking at the Ulster
side, they have not produced any big home-grown guys so I imagine David
Humphreys and the rest of the Ulster guys will be year having a close
look at who can possibly transcend and make it through. With a new
academy system in place, there is a natural progression into
professional rugby, the really good ones. There is, and that is why
Leinster have been so successful. They schools system. They produce so
many good players and the Academy has the pick of them. It makes life
easier to transition into professional rugby when the talent
rises to the top. It is the moment they have all been waiting for.
Let's go and join our commentary team.
The celebrations in Paris went on long into the hours of the morning.
It is nice to see Ross Todd, the Sullivan skipper, with a smile on
his face. He is a school head boy as well. A lot resting on his broad
shoulders. There is a genuine sea of green and black year and I have a
funny feeling there is not a single person left in Holywood. We saw
David Jeffrey, soon-to-be former Linfield manager, supporting his old
school. This is a huge moment for this school, which has never
school. This is a huge moment for alone the most important day in
school. This is a huge moment for schools rugby. I think we could do
without the smoke grenades, because that is not going to make life
easier for anybody. The poor steward trying to take it off. Sullivan
already in place and waiting for their much vaunted opponents, the
most successful side in the history of the Schools' Cup, Methodist
College, Belfast. This is their 63rd cup final. Well ahead of Belfast
rivals RBAI will stop but they are in pretty determined mood to make
today count. Methody, because they won the opening semifinal, are
designated as the home team. Sullivan will have the away dressing
room and that is why they are out first. Methodist College in white
and navy blue. They take the field. Five of the pack played as Medallion
shield winners three years ago. They have experienced players behind the
scrum. They have all played for Ulster schools. Methody have had to
make a late change in the front row. The skipper has moved across. It is
still a very formidable pack. Conor McKee is one of two players making
his third final. Such is the strength of the panel but a number
of these boys are already playing. Not too many
of these boys are already playing. has not picked up
of these boys are already playing. man who is refereeing there.
Sullivan Upper to get this game underway. This was first competed
for in 1876 when our Manor Royal where the winners -- Armagh Royal.
It is not a bad kick-off. Tallest man on the park, Alex Thomson, get
it away. That first tackle will encourage
Sullivan. I think we will encourage a very physical game here. You saw,
when the teams ran out, Methody straight up to Sullivan. I think we
will see a lot of early collisions. Probably some nervousness early on
and we will see a couple of mistakes, but whoever settles first
will to dominate early on. Not a bad opening scrum.
He is tall for a scrum-half. A little bit of the old-fashioned
elbow. Will be interesting to see what difference this makes, normally
he is a loose head, but vastly experienced. Sullivan are a very
heavy pack. experienced. Sullivan are a very
often in Schools' Cup finals that Methody are outweighed up front. The
idea was right, the execution was not. Sullivan still in that half.
Goods, flat passing. The referee is forced to defend.
Some of these passes are flat and no more.
This time it is the turn of Methody. They will be happy with that
defence. You can see them get off the line very quickly. They are
coming up hard, trying to snuff out any attack. Sullivan have a couple
of pacey enough backs. Methody will make sure they get on top of them
early on. Methody came through in the third round. In the semifinal
they came through 17-12 against Wallace High School. Sullivan did
the double, then in the semifinal, it was cold rain -- Coleraine.
Good reply, well covered by Josh Bingham.
Good reply, well covered by Josh retained possession. Good defence by
the county down side. Across the Sullivan ten metre line for the
first time. Nudge forward, it will be a Sullivan scrum. It is exciting
to see them move the ball, you will notice from the semifinal that
Methody struggled, Wallace were particularly good there. There were
a number of progressive brakes. Met right on the game line by the
skipper, and Sullivan get the first penalty of the afternoon.
Well-organised. Methody pride themselves on being organised over
the ball, they work hard to pilfer possession and force penalties, and
Sullivan are pretty good at that themselves. You can see Willie
Anderson's stamp all over this side. That back row, very impressive.
Well taken at the back. Got a bang on the need, was a bit doubtful but
has made it through OK. That is going to be a penalty
has been their strength and has taken them through to the final.
Chris Griffin is down injured. How very efficient that is. They have
done it in previous rounds, when things are not working out they go
back to the basics. They attack the opposition. They are very well
organised. This is what makes the encounters so fascinating, they were
good on a number of occasions in the semifinal, driving them back 30, 40
yards. It will be interesting to see who gets the upper hand. Whoever
does will go a long way to deciding the outcome of today.
Methodist College will be delighted. They decided not to go
for the post. That is not a bad kick. It puts Methody in a very good
position. There is a strong breeze behind them. The flag is indicating
that Methody have a strong wind behind them. That is a good take.
Sullivan will need to be very alert. Good drive. Waiting for the ball.
The referee is having a really good look. Picked up and driven by
Methody, which is their trademark. It is still there. McKee is over, as
he got It is still there. McKee is over, as
Antartica simple as that. Conor McKee,
Antartica simple as that. Conor final, has got the opening score.
Clinical is the word you need to use. That is then down to a tee.
That is what they do well. Producers of one-off runner. They had
committed a huge amount of runners. He took a very good line. I think he
was halted a little bit short but the momentum carried him over. Josh
Bingham has added the points, with eight minutes played. What a start.
7-0 to Methody. Sullivan need to try and get straight back into this.
They need to back themselves. They have been very good in the lead up,
they have not had much possession yet. They will want to retained
that. That is nightly done -- nicely done
by Sullivan, who need to respond immediately. Huge roar from the
supporters. Second year of captaincy. Dave Cave takes it
forward. Good covering across the park by Methody.
The referee is good to bring them back for an infringement, and I
think it might have been a Sullivan knock forward, advantage to
Sullivan. That is what they want to do. He gave his runners an
opportunity to compete for that ball, they manage to get the ball
and it is the most important thing, in an event like this, get all the
boys to get their hands on the ball, a bit of confidence going. Good
scrum by Sullivan, support by his blindside, who has made more than
decent ground. Can Sullivan respond in kind?
Certainly doing their best. Methody have got their hands on the ball.
Methody nearly pinched that, but the referee has given a penalty against
Methody. Interesting decision for the captain to make. I think he is
going to pop it into touch and he is going to try and do an NCB on MCV.
Correct decision? -- MCB on MCB. I do not doubt that he would have the
yards on it but he may be fancied the momentum. They have got to get
the throw, all those facets of the line that went backwards. It is all
right. The momentum was lost slightly. Taken on by one of the
centres. Nudge forward, did not happen for Sullivan and Methody. The
head coach will be pretty pleased with that bit of defence. A bit
scrappy from Sullivan, it all stemmed from the line-out not being
efficient. This Methody side are very difficult
defenders are going to be up hard. Penalty against Sullivan, driving
forward. There might be a little bit of a
Catt somewhere. The loosehead prop, Conor McEvoy. There is nothing to
worry about. Coming up to 30 minutes gone. Methody with a penalty and
conversion. Exactly where they want to be on the scoreboard. Josh
Bingham does not make a lot of ground. It was interesting that the
Irish team that finished the game in Paris had Chris Henry and Iain
Henderson, both of whom played in the Schools' Cup final. It is a
great starting point. Absolutely. And so many have come through. A
number in the Ulster management as well and they are memories they will
never forget. Good defence by Sullivan. Well away to Josh Bingham.
The pass from outside the 22 but Josh Bingham has kicked cleverly.
Betts moves it wide. Chris Jordan found himself red
carded in the semifinal. The red card was missing did. A chance now
for Sullivan. Good support play. The first time they have had their paws
on the ball in this final. Good driving work by the Sullivan pack
but the Methody pretty clever and well organised.
Charlie McEwen get it away. That is an interception. This could be
interesting. This is going to be heartbreak for Sullivan. Can you
believe it? Connor McKee has gone over again. You take your chance and
he did take his chance. Last time out it was close range, this time no
mistake. Sullivan will be desperately disappointed with that.
They were playing some very good rugby in the lead up to that. He
gets a fingertip to it. He took his opportunity well. Sullivan just
looking to get their noses in front, I thought, from the way they were
trying to play. They managed to get into wider channels. That is just
unfortunate for them. Now it is an appeal battle for them, and we are
only 15 minutes in. The Methody fans are pretty pleased about that.
Connor McKee is wearing 12. He is down in the match day programme as
13. Methody have not got the right men in the right jerseys but they
probably don't care. He made a hash of that. But what a start by the
holders. And what a start for Connor McKee. He took his chance. You see
the likes of Andrew Trimble doing that regularly for Ulster. If he had
missed it, Cave had that in his hands and was away. Can Sullivan
respond from that major setback? They are going to have two. They
have got to be much more protective of the ball. Methody now with the
proverbial bit between their teeth. of the ball. Methody now with the
fine. Josh Davidson. His uncle Jeremy played here twice.
You can see exactly what is happening here. And the message
Willie Anderson will be trying to get onto his players. In the
semifinal against Coleraine, they were able to run on their own but
now they are getting isolated. Methody are getting two or three men
on that ball before Sullivan get their and that means they are
forcing the turnovers. It is either going to be slow ball or penalties.
Sullivan have got to get one or two to latch onto the ball carrier. You
have got to get your hands away from the ball instantly. The referee
brings them up to the mark. Five men in the line-out. They take it well
at the back. Wallace has got to dig it out
himself. Josh Bingham will have a go from there. There was half a gap. It
was well closed. Wallace. Michael Lagan. Wallace did well. Taken on by
McKinney, the openside flanker for Methody. Sullivan's ball. There is
not much out there in the way of room so they have got to come back
inside. That was well done by Chris Jordan. This time the penalty goes
against Methody at the breakdown. Chris Jordan did well. He realised
he would lose support if he went wide. But some of the Sullivan
players were slow to react. Three or four Methody
players were slow to react. Three or well against RBAI. But they are
playing well here today. The scoreboard is testament to that.
McMaster. Charlie McEwen. Cave. Well read by the Methodist College
defence. A wonderful pass. Here is the
captain. He needs a bit of support. He has got support. He has to give
it. A great chance for Sullivan! He has made it. What a dive. Chris
Jordan in the corner and the referee is straight up in the air with the
hand. What a finish. What a clever midfield break. Chris Jordan talk a
bit of a thumb on his way to the line. What a SuperDrive. That was
great play. A great initial break. They recognise the space well. A
very well worked try and that is exactly the sort of reply Sullivan
needed. 12-0 down, things were looking a bit difficult, and if
Methody had got the next score, it would have been a big ask to come
back. But they will feel a lot more settled after such a wonderful try.
You could have heard the roar in Holywood.
I wonder if I went down to my favourite bar in Holywood I would
get a pint of Guinness if they won this. Not a bad effort at all by the
Sullivan skipper, Mark today. They look pretty happy, I have got
to say. Willie Anderson will be a They look pretty happy, I have got
happy man right now. That is exactly what they needed. Hopefully Chris
Jordan will be OK. It did look as if he had to twist and turn.
They kept that low into the breeze. It is going to be interesting to
save it stays there or thereabouts how well Sullivan use the wind in
the second half. What is nice to see at the moment is the type of rugby
being played, particularly by Sullivan in that last passage. You
sort their rugby brain coming to the fore. It was not structured, they
looked up and saw what was in front of them and reactive. That is what
you want to see at this level. This is Sullivan's first ever final.
Wallace gets it away. Taken on by Steven Weir. Wallace away. Into the
line comes Kelly. He was playing on the wing a year ago. Knocked forward
by the holders. A Sullivan scrum. Connor McKee the focus of attention.
I am not sure I would want to tamper with him. He is a sturdy looking
individual. Just hassled into touch. Nothing much in that.
Coming up to 23 minutes played. Three tries. 24 Methody, one for
Sullivan. Charlie McEwen got that away well. Here is the try scorer,
only a youngster, but he knows how to go forward. Cartmill was in
No way through. What's their he has been. A good
No way through. What's their instruction there? I it was
accidental offside. -- obstruction. The Methody nine has shut them off
very quickly. You can see that he knew the option was not available.
That delay meant there was a bit of obstruction. You can definitely see
Sullivan have settled into this. They look a lot more comfortable on
the ball and they are starting to retain possession a lot better. The
word has got on to be a little bit quicker to the ball on the ground.
It is certainly set up now for a cracking game. I am not sure
Sullivan's try scorer is going to be able to continue. It looks as if he
has done something nasty to his left shoulder. Sullivan will have to
bring on a replacement. Some of the Sullivan replacements don't have
numbers so we are going to rely on our excellent floor manager on the
far side to tell us exactly who is coming on. That is very unfortunate.
You score a try in the Schools' Cup final and you get yourself injured.
Harry Harper is coming on. He is wearing number 16 which is the
replacement hooker's Chertsey. There will be all sorts of shenanigans
with shirts here. Not a lot of marks to the respective schools with their
shirt organisation. Another penalty against Sullivan for illegal
scrummaging. Trying to take advantage of the late change in the
Methody front row. But that is twice they have done it and it is going to
cost them territory. It is an area Sullivan are looking to target, in
that scrum. They probably push a Sullivan are looking to target, in
by that. Psychologically, they will still see it as a slight advantage.
St Patrick's Day Mr be doing his very best to turn up the warm side
of the stone. The sun has come out. Well taken at the back by Methody.
Josh Bingham, a nice run. Tries to get outside his opposite number. It
is going to be a third try. The Methody centres are the centres of
attention at Ravenhill. McIvor has scored. Just when you thought
Sullivan were getting back into this game, all that tradition comes
through, and they execute the perfect Schools' Cup final try. The
foot of the gas slightly by Sullivan. It all started by Connor
McKee. Sullivan let themselves down as they failed to reset. They were
short in numbers. It was very good footwork. A very good finish. Nicky
Wells will be very pleased. It was the break by this boy, Josh Bingham,
which started it. Eat cannot convert it. Methody bleeding with ten
minutes until the interval. This Methody side look completely
different to the one that played in the semifinal. I think they realised
they were not happy with the performance, they have certainly
stepped it up couple performance, they have certainly
Well taken by Sullivan. Taken on by Chris Griffiths, the prop. Good
off-load. Could not quite do it. The referee
has got his hand out. Is that a scrum or a penalty? Still playing
advantage. The referee has given a penalty. At this stage of the half,
right in front of the post, do you take the three points? I think you
need to. I think they need to. I hope they do for their own sake.
They want to narrow down the points difference. Yes, you can see that.
He is a very accomplished kicker, it should be very straightforward for
him. They will still have plenty to play for if they can score. Coming
up to 28 minutes, and there has been fought tries. -- four tries.
Methodist College going for their fifth.
Oh dear. Off the post. The gap remains. He snatched at that. When
you rush it, you invariably hook the ball. That looks like exactly what
he did. Methody have made a mistake. One thing I will say is, what a
cracking day, whether -wise. I played in a game and it was freezing
cold, rain, played in a game and it was freezing
different conditions to today. I think I commentated on that. You
commentators on the 1950 final. I have to say a lot of people I know
extremely well are sitting not far-away from us, it is the team of
Campbell College, who played a scoreless draw back in 1964.
Methody get across, defend pretty magnificently. The referee is happy
enough, nothing illegal as far as the referee is concerned.
Have they stolen that in the Break Down? The referee is happy with
that. It might have been the big second row. Alex Thomson who got in
there, he was the one. The biggest man I've seen in a final since
Jeremy Davidson himself. It is a chance for Sullivan to do something.
As a little look, changes his mind. Nicely wide. This is a good chance.
Conor Kelly came across. Sullivan will be desperate to force a
turnover. Again, Methody are very composed. This time, they get it
away. That was very well done, read the situation well, got across
quickly and managed to get away from the touchline. Wonderful pass. That
was beautiful. Nice little chip through. Did everything right. Very
enterprising. It would have been easy to run into touch. Conor Kelly
got ten easy to run into touch. Conor Kelly
away. What a game it has been so far. Conor McKee, and then again.
The interception made it look as if Sullivan's Mass was going to be
extremely difficult, but they responded very well. Scoring the
try, you did pretty nasty things to his shoulder. Look at Josh Bingham,
you stood his man up, the pass was inch perfect. Well taken by
Sullivan. The referee has blown the whistle.
They need to come back, and I don't think that was altogether straight.
Little mistakes like that will cost Sullivan. They are in a good
attacking position and they must make the most of these
opportunities. The line-out has been outstanding in this competition and
they will want to manage this. Once they get there, I fear that they
must come away with a try, if not penalties. They need to stay in
touch in this game. When Sullivan have tried to put pressure on the
Methody scrum they have been penalised. They must be patient.
Well picked up in the back row. This Methody side are playing a very
clever game. They are keeping it as tight as possible.
David Wilkinson has his flag up, and it will be a line-out. Good work by
Sullivan. That was good work, Methody at the ball and he managed
to get the turnover. He has looked good taking the ball there, delaying
the passes, unfortunately not the right option. Not enough room. That
was a good take. Methody trying to move away. He is
in the middle of that. The man who made a very good tackle.
The job is only half done. They are doing very well when they have the
ball, turning them over, this is where they need to maximise that.
They need to capitalise on turning that ball over and convert this into
some sort of points. They need something from this pretty good
position because remember schools rugby is only 35 minutes each way
and they have nearly played 34. Penalty against Methody. There is
time for the line-out. Into the corner for what should be
the last set piece of what has been a cracking first half of schools
rugby. Moving to the back of the line-out.
Good take. coaching team. Methody scrum, there
is still time but if this goes in, the way the clock is going, Methody
will just need to make sure it is dead and that is the end of the
first half. Methody will have a very short scamper back to their dressing
room. 35 minutes gone, Fraser Wallace.
Great chance now for Sullivan to claw back some precious points, and
they really need them by the interval, but Methody have defended
splendidly. Here comes Methody again, doing the holding up job. Can
they get it down? The ball is down, it may well be headed up, and there
is not time. Unfortunately for Sullivan, that is the last chance of
the first half, and Methody will be mighty relieved. Absolutely
delighted to finish that half 17-5 up. Sullivan had all the played for
the last ten minutes or so. They put a lot of pressure on that line. The
field to get over. They needed to score. Been fairly evenly matched
throughout that first-half. Four tries scored, Methodist College 17,
Sullivan Upper, five. Are you impressed with what you have seen in
the first half? Yes, the standard has been very high. Sullivan tried
to move the ball wide. Possibly they went to ground to quickly. The
turnover try has put a little bit more space between the teams than
was in the game to start with. Straight up, we spoke about it
before the game, the Willie Anderson factor. Yes, it is reminiscent of
him standing against New Zealand. factor. Yes, it is reminiscent of
not been as efficient. All about the psychological edge. Some schoolboy
jostling. Almost like being at the bus queue in the morning. Of course,
Methody took off, and they got going quickly. Yes, they spoke about that
experience factor, they settle into the game better. Sullivan guilty of
tackles early on. They did not make mistakes. Two great tries to get
clear. You can see this, as they are put in trouble from a defensive
point of view. Josh Bingham looks like he has been there and what the
teacher, he controlled the game very well in the first half -- purchased
the T-shirt. The second one here is unfortunate, the Sullivan out half
decides to go down the blindside and possibly should have held onto the
ball. He has thrown it at an inopportune time. It shows that
Methody are willing to sit there and exploit mistakes. They have done
that, they have won a number of turnovers from that. On that
occasion they were happy to keep within the structure of their
defence and wait for a loose pass which they spotted. They came back.
They scored the best try of the match so far. That was a nice
off-load, big territory here, the ball comes back down the blindside,
and it is Dave Cave. He shows good attitude to get to the corner.
Unfortunately injured after that. He did very well. Created the line
break. The defence on the black -- back foot. It was another
break. The defence on the black -- third try came off a line-out.
break. The defence on the black -- was. Just seem to be overlap, then
it was a good ball, then busted the game line by five or ten metres.
That was simple, and very efficient. That got them over the gain line.
Sullivan's defence would not yet set in time they were on the back foot.
Ruthless efficiency by Methody. I think we know what Alex Thomson is
saying. Keep it going. Absolutely. Methody have a 12 point lead. They
did not play all the rugby but they have been efficient. Sullivan will
need to throw caution to the wind in the second half to chase points. We
have seen what happened in the first half, they got picked off at the
wrong time. Methody look very efficient. Big day for the boys. I'm
joined by someone who high tailed it with training at Ulster. Darren,
compare your nerves today to when you are lining up? I was a bit
nervous for the boys. I trained with some of the boys, but for me this is
pretty special and it's great to be here and see so many people
supporting. Give us an idea what the rivalry is like among all the
players in the Ulster squad once this Cup comes around. I know Andrew
Trimble is in the mix? It's a bit of good banter for us and I think the
good thing for me is that everyone seems to hate Methody, so I've got a
few of the boys shouting for me. I don't think the game's gone yet and
I'm looking forward to it. Can you sum up for what
I'm looking forward to it. Can you this is only the second semifinal
and the first final, the Cup has a proud tradition in education and
hockey and others areas, it would be brilliant to get the Cup to put us
on the map. Enjoy the second half, if you can. Thank you. There's a man
with a keen eye. It's great to see some of the Ulster boys. You don't
forget your school days? No, you don't. There is the banter between
the squad. Enthough half played rugby in South Africa. It brings
that out in you. Can Sullivan get back into it? I think so. We have
seen big glimpses and more so as the game has gone along. They've had
territory. Methody are more efficient and have taken their
chances. I think it's important they get the first score in terms of the
second half. I think so. They'll be enforcing how much good rugby they
played and it's to be more efficient. Hopefully they'll have a
bit of luck in the second half. They are looking ready. The fans haven't
screamed themselves out just yet. Over to Bryn and Jim.
Good support play into the hefty tight head. Quicker ball there.
A little support from McMaster, who just overran. Well covered from
Conor Kelly. Caught on the ten-metre line, but it's available for
Wallace. Bingham. Thompson couldn't quite take the ball. Referee playing
Wallace. Bingham. Thompson couldn't very little. Max Clarke. The referee
has given a penalty against Methody and I'm pretty sure Mr Adair will
want to put that in the corner. I think so. They'll want to keep the
pressure on now and get down. As the guys said in the studio, it's about
amassing some points here. As Willie Anderson will have said, listen if
you play well then you will be right in there. Just hold on to the ball.
Don't panic, hold on. Stoppage there for the Sullivan loosehead prop
Conor McEvoy. He has only missed one of the 21 matches.
Much better. Well taken in by Max Clarke. A couple of meming diboys
are around there. Clever work. -- Methody boys are around there.
Clever work. Made the initial catch and they've picked up a bit of a
head of steam and can the Balcombe back and the answer is no. That's
clever defending by Methody. Something they're very well drilled
in, clearly. Their defensive line-out there. Unfortunately,
whenever Sullivan took that ball, they didn't get the support players
around quickly enough and Methody got two or three on the ball. Even
if Sullivan are driving forward, as long as the ball is off the ground.
if Sullivan are driving forward, as They're not under that much
pressure. There's the captain, Michael Lyon. A
whole bunch of the 1974 Methody school team were back. That's the
first game in charge for Davie Wells and his son, Nicky, now is the man
in charge. Did Methody pressure. A little bit flat and making a forward
pass and Methody are playing a smart game. They are press rising Sullivan
and they know they want to move the ball. It's McKee who is putting the
pressure on. Initially, a good tackle there, but McKee is coming up
quickly and forcing them to pass the ball and forcing the mistake.
Sullivan just have to be a little more patient and one thing they
don't want to do is chase the game early. Herdman is off the field and
is replaced by Ryan Cullen. On the back row. He'll add an extra little
bit of height. Herdman has plenty of pace and a fair bit of bulk. Cullen
is a tall, young man. McKinney, the flanker. Wallace and
Bingham. Mac Iver there. wee bit of space, but well covered
been Betts and he goes for the fair catch. That will mean unless he
keeps it infield it will be a magician diline-out. He gives it to
Adair. -- a Methody line-out. He gives it to Adair. Well caught.
Pushed back into his own half. Good defending by Sullivan. Wallace,
Langham and does well, the captain. Wallace in quickly. This is big Alex
Thompson. Wallace again. Looking swift now. Good pass. Jordan there.
This is the first time he's had his paws on the ball.
Pishent build-up by Methody. -- patient build-up by Methody. Kelly
is outside. Again, they are being patient, I
have a feeling? Good tackle in the end, but Methody are starting to
look very, very cavitiable. If anything you can see Sullivan are
starting to tire. One or two guys down with a little bit of cramp. It
happens at this level and they are starting to get a little narrow in
defence and Methody are recognising this. They are starting to use some
of the back row carriers and they're making easy yards and clearing that
ball out very, very quickly and that recycling of the ball is allowing
extra on the side. Tear able to get the ball into the wider channels and
get easy yards. Sullivan need to adapt their game slightly. He's
looking reasonably happy. the teams from Campbell College and
bell it's Royal Academy of 15 years ago.
Very good players from that era. Kelly Wilson was playing for
Campbell then. Now president of the IRFU and the Ulster branch. Haven't
seen some of them for absolutely years. Bit of a conflab from
Sullivan there. Methody have got themselves a
penalty. Josh Bingham has indicated he'll go for goal. That's probably
the right option, because it makes it more difficult for Sullivan, who
are having a bit of attention. I think it's the replacement Harry
Harper who came on. At this stage for Methody the advice coming on
from the sidelines and the coaching staff will be, continuing what
you're doing and retain possession and get the opportunities. They want
to continue to stretch the lead and get out to 15 minutes and it's more
than two converted scores and they're in a comfortable position.
The wind seems to have dropped from Josh Bingham.
Bingham swings nicely at it and he's gone off the post as well. As long
as Mark Adair did it in the first half and Bingham has hit the post
and Adair gets it away for Sullivan. Taken in by Josh Jordan. Does well,
the big, tall fella. Adair there. Looks inside to his
captain. Brilliant work by Ross Todd.
Good work by Bailey. That's what Sullivan have to do now, start
trying to attack. Methody will try to slow the ball up or try to turn
the ball over. We see here, straight on the ball. Great out. What I
noticed was, Methody just reorganised themselves very, very
quickly on the right. Shouting and screaming and getting the line in
and then again coming from McKee and macIver and leading the line, so
whenever Sullivan might have it, then Adair has no option but to look
back inside again. The boys are exactly like the level, as they get
their defence right and you're half way home. It's Mark Adair,
Sullivan's outside half and he struck that very well. What a good
kick from him. That has given Sullivan a very good field position.
There is still plenty of time. They are bringing on Dan Coulter. Mac
Kenny goes off. Sullivan on the Methody 22 metre
line. scrummage to the line-out. I think
they will. It looked like the line-out was impregnable, it was
outstanding. They are probably comfortable with it as well. They
are trying to throw in a few different sort of options. Methody
still have possession, their scrum has been solid and they have another
attacking platform. Coming up to ten minutes played in the second half.
The score has not been advanced since the interval.
They are! What a comeback! The first score of the second half. That keeps
the door very firmly open for the Holywood side. It was a great
finish. That is exactly what Sullivan needed. It was time to get
some points on the board. A lovely little break there. The support play
is good. Betts was on hand to take it over. That was good place. He
accelerated through that gap. He took two players. Adair supports
well. Betts is on his shoulder. A super try and game on again. A good
bit of off the ball running at the start of that movement. The other
Sullivan centre David McMaster did a good dummy run. That has really put
the cat among the pigeons. What a good kick! 17-5 behind, then
17-10 and then 17-12. Mark Adair lands a peach of a conversion.
No tired legs at the moment. I dare Sullivan are by no means finished.
No tired legs at the moment. I dare ran out of options. He tends to run
flat at times. The referee has blown the whistle. I
am not altogether sure what that is for. I think there was an offside in
the middle of the pack. That is exactly what Sullivan would not want
to do. They scored the try and then they could easily have been 20
points to five. What I would like to see from Sullivan is the way McKee
and McIvor are leading the line-up, the open side winners are spent
deeper. With the past that Adair has, he has a lovely flat pass. He
could laugh that ball over the top. -- loft that ball. The wind is
starting to pick up at Ravenhill. Jonathan Peake was not happy with
the way the line-out was being organised. It will be a Methody
throw. A little bit of captaining. Michael Lang pulled them all in to
have a word with him. A penalty against Sullivan for
coming in a legally and maybe A penalty against Sullivan for
This will give method -- Methody a chance to make some ground.
Up went Thompson. He might have got onto the wrong side. I did not see
anybody interfere with him in the air.
Wonderful. Sullivan are forced into doing some pretty desperate
defending. Good play by Methody. Nice play, nice passing.
Josh Davidson took it well for Sullivan. Here comes the try scorer,
Johnny Betts. Methody have kept Sullivan inside their own 22.
Methody have turned that one over. Here comes the captain, Lagan. Great
defending by Sullivan yet again. Dangerous times as Methody thunder
forward. I think that was a against Dan Coulter, the replacement.
Sullivan get chance to clear their lines with a strong breeze behind
them. Somebody is cramping up. I think it is Alex Thomson.
This was the offence. The initial tackle was good. Coming in from the
side without a single shadow of the doubt. No doubt about that.
In could not quite pick up. He got himself whacked by Griffith. --
Bingham could not quite pick up. Now a penalty.
Worth a kick at goal? Name-macro I think they will have a corner.
That did not look straight. Difficult with the wind blowing
against you. Sullivan had this chance to clear their lines just
about midway through the second half. 17-12 to the Schools' Cup
holders. They are going for their third win on the trot. They did it
before. The back row were not quick enough
to get to the Sullivan captain. The referee says play on. I thought he
would give a penalty. That was not a
to run and he can run. A winner by trade. Rory Cairns showing a lot of
pace. Can make that this possession into
good use in terms of points? The ball is changing hands left, right
and centre. The referee has given the scrum to Sullivan Upper school.
We have another man cramping up. This pitch at Ravenhill, the surface
is quite heavy. It has been in the past. It can cut up as well. There
is no doubt the players are starting to feel the effects of it. A few
mistakes starting to creep in from both sides. What is impressive is
how good these schoolboys are. I do not remember that when I was at
school. They are all very competent. Both sides should be very proud of
the commitment and physicality they are giving. A Methody player is
injured. They have come away from this round in the past two years
with the famous old trophy. It is the second oldest rugby trophy in
the world. Only the London hospitals' cup is older. It is the
oldest trophy in Irish rugby. I think this is a key moment for
both sides to come together. Methody R.N. Consultation in terms of what
they have to do now for the remaining minutes of this match. --
they are in the consultation. Sullivan are more fanned out. Maybe
they do not have a game plan. What they have to do for me is get more
territory. they have to do for me is get more
backfield. Methody will be looking to retain possession and trying to
hold onto possession. Whenever they do that, they are tough team to play
against. The Sullivan skipper Ross Todd is leading the side. He has put
the headgear on. The clock will start again. Nearly 90 minutes
played in the second half. -- 19 minutes.
Adair will get it to his inside centre but Methody were up very
quickly in the Sullivan faces and Sullivan or under a huge amount of
pressure. They have conceded some 20 metres. There goes Josh Davidson,
back to McEwan. Harry Harper is the replacement for
the try scoring the first half. Methody's ball. You have to admire
their sheer possession in this game. Yellow Agri yes, you have to admire
Sullivan as well. Hats off to them. Unfortunately, they are putting
themselves under a lot of pressure. This Methody defence is just too
strong. They are able to filter round. They have the correct numbers
round. They are attacking the breakdown and putting Sullivan under
pressure. is an outstanding cricketer as well
as being a pretty decent little scrum-half.
The Methody scrum has got better as this game has gone on. And again
Sullivan getting penalised. Conor McEvoy I think will be spoken to by
the referee. He will have a word with the skipper first of all. That
is the third penalty they have conceded at the scrum. It is clearly
a technical thing that Jonathan Peake is not happy with. He is
clearly doing something he is unsure about himself. He does not
understand what he's wrong. There will be people who will argue that
you should not penalised schoolboys in a scrum. Methodist College are
now in a very good position. Sullivan have made a change.
Methody have won the line-out. And in goes Dan Coulter, wearing number
17, the replacement. This is what Methody do week in, week out. This
has been the bread and butter of this side this season. Loosehead
prop Reilly has gone away. And this could be the conclusive try. The try
has been given and Jordan is running it off. Wonderful bit of sleaT
sleight of hand. -- a bit of sleight of hand. Wonderful offload. That is
the sort of offload that we see in exception case, with the backs
making them. Methody, they do what they do best, they take the line-out
and drive that rolling ball and they're very, very good. Very
clinical in that area. Well organised. Look at this, runs inside
and takes two players out. organised. Look at this, runs inside
little out-of-the-back pass. That all came from Sullivan conceding
possession. You can't afford to do that and Sullivan paid a hefty price
for that little error of judgment. Bingham will do his best and he
didn't put enough on it, but I don't think it's going to meaRT, because
we have - about 13 minutes or maybe 12 minutes remaining and Methody
comfortably in the driving seat. Lovely bit of out-of-the-back of the
hand and a fine finish by Josh Jordan.
Sullivan have responded before and they've got to do it a couple of
times again. Taken in by Alex Livingstone.
McKee has gone through again. What a ball past by Bingham and that's the
right answer from Conor McKee and all the way back. Here is Spence.
McKee picks it up. It wasn't McKee. It didn't matter, but the ball was
nudged forward by Methody and you can see the confidence oozing out of
every pour. They wouldn't have -- pore. They wouldn't have tried that
before. You can see that. The intensity level is up a bit and it's
that kind of play from McKee. He reads the play well and there again
you can see him looking around. He makes a break with a good thrust and
force of play. One of the most experienced player on
force of play. One of the most 20s and Irish under 19s. Not
altogether happy there with the scrum and I think it's Dave Cave who
has gone in to play loosehead for Sullivan, to allow Jemphrey to play
in the back row. You always expect sides to keep the
very best for the final of something. Methody struggled and
stuttered by got -- but got through and here they've been very good.
Here's an interesting move. What are Sullivan planning? They have all
their backs in a line like little ducks. Here they come now. Oh off to
Harry Harper. Sullivan's skip er Ross Todd sets it up. Now Adair.
That's a tired side. The sign of a tired side and a side that's really
under pressure. The legs are just starting to go a little on some of
the players out there and you can imagine it's a tough one. It's
energy-sapping. Mentally as well it will have been sapping coming into
this game and they will have wanted to impress much. They've played
particularly well. They've tried to play rugby. Every opportunity
they've tried to keep the ball alive, but this Methody defence is
just aggressive the whole day long. I think what Methody have done well
is bottle up Sullivan's main play makers. Adair is in positions where
the options are really limited. The out and in defence as well. He's a
good distributor of the ball and they know if they can get in his eye
line they've got a good defensive structure in there to pick him off
and attack them on the breakdown. structure in there to pick him off
Methody, the support starting to get into fuller voice.
Methody, the support starting to get minutes remaining and it's very much
heading for Cup outright victory number 35 for Methodist Colleg. Can
they put this to bed? Clever switch. Here's Bingham.
It's a penalty. Has he hurt his dodgy knee? I don't think so. Did
something go off there? I think it probably did. Sullivan bringing on a
few others. I've been impressed with the number nine, Frazer Wallace. He
goes about his business very, very well. Takes the right options and
sometimes the best performances are the ones when you don't see them,
but they get the ball away. They're communicating well. I feel he's had
a good game. He's - if you look at the history of nines and they've
come through. The likes of Paul Marshall and Michael Heaney as well.
McIlroy, a lot of nines that from come through the Methody books of
late. They always did produce a lot of good scrum halves. I remember way
back to Roger Young and Colin Grimshaw. And Nicky Stewart and
Armstrong and a lot of very good number nines that have come through.
Roger Young the best of them in terms of them being a Lions scrum
half. terms of them being a Lions scrum
there and Sullivan desperate to try to close the gap. They have by no
means and I mean by no means let themselves down. The occasion hasn't
got to them, but the Methody have kept the very best for the big stage
at Ravenhill. That's right. Meming distuttered away to the final. They
probably - you can see in the re leading in the -- pre leading into
the game and that's what it was about. It was like a presuccess for
them getting through the -- process for them getting through the rounds.
It was all about focussing on today and Sullivan have been very, very
good too, but they probably feel they've had some of their best play
in the semis. There have been a few errors in the set pieces where they
were clinical and so good with the rolling ball in the semis, but
overall you have got to take off your hat to them, they've been
outstanding, I think, in terms of their attitude to move the ball
whenever possible. Peter Cooper is on. A bit of a squeeze. Nicely away
here. Here is McKee. Wallace has had a very accomplished
game. And he is calling for men to be outside.
McIvor, the scorer of the first-half try and Langham is the captain. The
third successive Cup medal for Michael Lagan and for big, Alex
Thompson. Well done by Conor Kelly. Wonderful
run by Kelly. Here comes Josh Well done by Conor Kelly. Wonderful
lovely silky run and good support play once again by the Methody
college second row forward. It's going to be a Methody scrum, so
a chance for something more. That was a big chance there, but look at
this by Conor Kelly. Kelly does well. Excellent by McIvor to get
that ball away. Under pressure. A lovely offload. Good defence from
Sullivan. They're not giving up on this task, but that last couple of
minutes of play has probably been the best couple from Methody today.
They are looking very, very accomplished throughout. They've
grown in confidence, I think, throughout this game. They're
forwards have been very, very clinical and their ball retention
has been outstanding. It's a top ask for Sullivan at this stage. A few
minutes to go. We feel they need to get possession quickly and score a
try if they've got any chance of getting back. Dave Cave put in the
strong tackle and he's injured. The scorer of Methody's try Jordan is
down as well. You have to have a lot of sympathy for the man who played
in this position for most of the season and throughout the Cup
campaign. Wilf Diamond is on the Beth, but maybe -- bench, but maybe
not considered fit enough to play. Although he won't get on the field,
he's going to be pretty soon getting a medal. I think it will be a
runner's up medal. Cave has played well for Sullivan. Sullivan to make
up numbers in the scrum will have to bring on Conor McEvoy again. Off
goes Mr Cave. Eight minutes remaining. Methody,
the decisive try coming in the second half. Just to make life very
difficult for the boys from Holywood. This is their very, very
first Schools' Cup. Chris will be hugely proud of the school that was
founded way back in 1877. This is the winning try, I'm pretty sure.
The referee puts his hand up. Rory Cairns has got try number five for
Methodist College. And if there was any slight doubt then there's none
now, because the Cup is going back to number 1 Malone Road.
Straightforward stuff. Lovely transfer by Wallace and Kelly. Good
try. Excellent try. Very, very good. Scrum half, 15, went there. You look
at the lines. Good angle. Just straightened it slightly. He didn't
go across the pitch. Reserved the space. I'm not surprised that came
about, because they are looking very, very good over the last five
or ten minutes. They've just taken it by a strangle hold and excellent,
excellent finish by Cairns. Josh Bingham has a quite go at goal and
the referee by my reckoning has blown a couple of minutes early, but
it's not going to make any difference. Josh Bingham has
guarantee as well as the 14 players and the replacement that the Cup
goes back to the Mall loan Road and to Methodist College. -- Malone Road
and to Methodist Colleg. There will be huge disappointment
for Sullivan Upper School but they gave it their very best
for Sullivan Upper School but they be getting a second medal. And for
the skipper it will be a third successive Schools' Cup medal. When
it came down to it, they were unstoppable. There were definitely a
few nerves early on from both sides. Probably the experience of the last
two years told as well. You can see some of the more experienced players
coming to the fore as the game grew one. A cracking win. Sullivan should
be very proud of their performance. Five tries to two in Methody's
favour. All of the tries were scored by
backs and that is the way rugby should be.
Well, the customary pitch invasion, as you would expect, every time. The
guy in the PA says will you please stay off the year, but it is the
same every year. Methody are deserve it winner is. Sullivan gave their
very best. From the outset, Paddy, it was not meant to be? Sullivan got
off to a great start in the second-half scoring a try Methody
took a stranglehold. Sullivan could not establish territory. Methody
took the ball. We heard it was the backs who did the business. They say
the game is one upfront but it was nice to see the tries coming from
the outside backs, Josh Jordan and Rory Cairns in the second half, just
to put Rory Cairns in the second half, just
from the Methody team. . Schools' Cup winning captain, how does that
feel? Unbelievable. Words cannot describe how you feel. People say
you are lucky to win one Schools' Cup in your lifetime, to win three
is unbelievable. There were a few? Is about the performance in the
semifinal, how did you bring it together? People said we did not
deserve to be here because of the quarters and semifinals. I think we
were the only people who believed we could win it. People always doubted
us. I think we showed good character against Wallace in the semifinal. We
always knew we could win it, even when people doubted us. Our coaches
believed and we believed in ourselves. Words cannot describe how
it feels. A former player gave you a big bear hug, how does it feel?
Unbelievable. He really gave the inspiration. When I was a
second-year watching him lifting it up and that is what I wanted to do,
walk up the steps. That is what you want to do in your upper sixth year.
Are you ready to give your speech? I do not know what I am going to say!
We will let you get on. That is the pain of it. You see one side in a
nation and the other side like that. -- one side or a nation. They have
given everything on the pitch and they should not be downhearted. It
was obviously a good Methody side and it would be a big challenge to
win it today. They should feel very proud of themselves. Do is good to
see respect and both teams greeting each other at the end. Yellow Agri
yes, it is good to see good sportsmanship. It is tough. It is
the same of Ireland losing in Paris. Always sadly that has to be a loser.
the same of Ireland losing in Paris. Sullivan battled so hard to
gutted. Methody will be relieved to get to victory. They were going in
as huge favourites. They will enjoy their night tonight, I am sure.
There is another celebrity self picture. The youth of today! You did
not do that in 1993? Certainly not! But it has been a good advert, two
quality schools sides putting on a good performance. I think it shows
the standard that Ulster Rugby, certainly at schools level stands.
We will see these guys coming through in years to come. The
standard is really improved. I compared the Methody side to the
efficient Irish side. They were good at the breakdown, they exploit this
match is at the breakdown. They know when to go win and are able to win
penalties and they are able to rely on their set piece whether that be
the more all the line-out. Their scrum is buried strong as well. --
them all. Very well drilled. Let's get to the pictures and have a
look at the try that really got Sullivan back into it.
It was finished up by bets in the corner. Sullivan had it all to play
for. Methody were able to regroup and turned a corner in the second
half. They did not go away. They kept trying to play rugby, probably
to their detriment in the end. They tried to play their way out of their
half rather than kicking, kicking for territory. Methody were so well
organised and had such belief in their structure. They were able to
exploit penalties when the chance arrived. Either through scrummaging
or at the breakdown. I think it was the rolling maul from the penalty
that put the game away in the end. But
that put the game away in the end. Sullivan side have done well all the
way through. The standards are good for years to come. There is a good
structure a place for the coaching side of things. Sullivan have lifted
up their losing medals. We will watch Methody lift the Schools' Cup.
There was a delightful gesture from the ever grateful Willie Anderson,
he said well done to them all. They will be very disappointed. There was
genuine expectation that they would go all the way and lift the cup. But
on the date was Methodist who produced all that tradition and not
a little skill and organisation all the way through. Their captain
Michael Lagan will come up to receive his third successive
Schools' Cup winning medal in a row. For the first time he will be the
man who will lift the trophy. He will introduce all his players and
then the trophy will be introduced by Lynne Robertson who is resident
of the Ulster Branch. There is poignancy for John Robertson because
he was for many years the bursar at Methodist College. He had to be one
of the men in the picture by the end of the season, if Ulster Rugby can
go on and win some silverware, whether it is the pro 12 title or
the Heineken cup itself. The Ulster rugby team are back at Ravenhill in
action in three weeks time. And the game against Saracens you will hear
on BBC Radio York Ulster. It is the first Saturday in April. Michael
Lagan is introducing all his players, the starting 15 and the
players on the bench. Plenty of happy collegian 's old and young. I
still count some collegians among very best friends. They give me a
fair bit of very best friends. They give me a
because Methody have won the cup yet again. And now the moment every
schoolboy rugby player dreams about and hopes to achieve is the lifting
of the oldest rugby trophy in the island of Ireland. And this is Josh
being's second year. Michael Lagan will say a few words.
They are fantastic team. Behind him are in the two men who were so
important, Conor McKee and Josh Bingham.
They made us who we are today and thanks very much. Michael Lagan is a
great credit to Methodist College, intelligent and articulate. We will
be off a very soon. I think, Michael, you have said your little
bit. Now let's hand over the silverware. It will be Lynne
Robinson who will hand over the silverware. She struggles with the
cup but Michael Lagan will not struggle with it. He hosts it above
his head with pride in a job well done. Methodist College, the most
successful side in the history of this competition have won the cup in
this, their 63rd final. They have won it for the 53rd time outright.
The navy and white ribbons or on the Schools' Cup once again. Well done,
Methodist College. That is what it is all about, boys.
win three, I'm sure that has not been matched before. They are
deserved winners. Methody machine rolls on again. They have produced a
great team. I'm sure it will continue for years to come. They are
clinical, aren't they? Yes, they are. There was plenty of time to
score in the corner. The trademark and hallmark of what Methody have
done this afternoon. They did not look any trouble. Although Sullivan
looked like they were threatened to come back into it, they could not.
The way the Ulster Academy works, these guys are 14 or 15 years of
age, they are on the radar. It will see -- we will see if they stay on
for tertiary education or whether they will move away. That is it from
us today. Plenty more upbeat come on the BBC. Now Methody add their name
to a long list of the winners of the Schools' Cup. Take it easy, goodbye.
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BBC Sport NI provide an afternoon of schools sport starting with the MacRory Cup Final. Holders St Patrick's College Maghera contest their third consecutive final, against Omagh CBS, who make their first appearance in a final since 2010.
Austin O' Callaghan introduces the action live from the Athletic Grounds Armagh with commentary from Mark Sidebottom and Monaghan All Star Conor McManus.
Then there is full coverage of the Schools' Cup Rugby Final from Ravenhill, where reigning champions Methodist College Belfast will take on the winners of Sullivan Upper v Coleraine Academical Institution.
Gavin Andrews presents live coverage of the game with Nikki Gregg covering the pitch-side reaction and Jim Neilly providing commentary.