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It's the ultimate day in Ulster colleges football. There are the
students, the players. They've been here just once before in the final.
St Patrick's Maghera have been here so many times, aiming to where the
15th cup. It is about the families and the supporters. Welcome to the
2016 McRory cup final in the splendid sunshine of the athletic
Grounds. St Paul's Bessbrook and St Patrick's Maghera. You may be
watching on BBC television or right across the world on the World Wide
Web. You can get in contact. We would love to hear your thoughts and
opinions. It is not just about the McRory cup, there is also the
MacLarnon Cup. Highlights at half-time. Everybody here in the
beautiful athletics Grounds. We have Ryan McCue here. Let's talk about,
what shall we talk about? Your suit, you are looking the part. It is a
special occasion, isn't it? Great occasion with the sun shining. We
had a great MacLarnon Cup final beforehand, and I am looking forward
to this. People might think of Armagh when they think of you, and
the 1994 cup final. I hope they don't because we were beaten on that
day but it was a fabulous occasion. That defeat did me no harm because
you learn a lot of lessons. Somebody will have to lose and somebody will
have a great journey ending in winning the final. If you are
playing colleges football, this is where you want to become a leading
out your team and St Patrick's Maghera eight in the MacRory Cup
final. That is the trophy they want, particularly Saint Pauls, they've
never lifted that trophy. They have played in the competition for times
in total and been here just once in the final in 2013. They lost on that
day, and they lost against today's opponents.
It was very sad to see the boys cry. Even though we lost the game on that
day, that team inspired another generation of young fellows. Even
though we didn't recognise it at the time it was success in that sense.
The different year, a different thing. Key to success is the care.
He is dreaming about winning the MacRory Cup, most of the time. We
don't put too much pressure on ourselves. You may not play great or
something like that but it will be special, my family will be talking
about this. It's a really big game for me so hopefully we can do it. If
they do it will be the man on the left lifting the precious cup. You
might not recognise him but you probably recognise his dad. If we
can win Paddy 's day, the first one is always the hardest one to win, so
it will be unbelievable. It will just be another one for them but for
us it will be very special. So, Saint Pauls ready for action but one
of those players of St Patrick's Maghera, their supporters are
hearing their thousands, and varies the team led by Conor Glass. They've
been here so many times before and won the competition 14 times.
There's the trophy they want to get their hands on. They are led by that
man in the middle, Conor Glass. He is off to play Australian rules in
the near future. His fourth MacRory Cup final and he is leading them
this afternoon. The first thing I did was go to see
the sports team. Baby faced. Lost my head a few times, especially after
losing. Made friends with most of the players. What was it like when
you were brought in as a fourth-year? Amazing. I watched it
about ten times over and over again. Something to be proud of. One of the
main things I got out of being thrown in the deep end, I have been
able to mature as a person. Talisman in the group but carries a
tremendous modestly as well, and a good sense of responsibility. He may
be spoken about the same terms as Jim McKee, Darren Nicholls. How many
games have you lost? Not many. There is a fierce rivalry between all
those players. I was one of those people who looked up to an athlete
from a young age. People will be looking up to me hopefully in the
next couple of years. Just being a good role model. I've played enough
games to understand what I have to do. It is no different. It is
something to look forward to. He will be a massive loss to Caylib
football when he takes up a professional contract in Australian
rules. Dermot but Nicholl played in five MacRory Cup finals, it sounds
incredible, but the fact that young man is playing in his fourth final
is a staggering accomplishment. When he was only a fourth-year he looked
very comfortable and like a grown man. He has developed into a superb
player. It can go one of two ways, if you have too much success early
in your career. In fairness to, glassy has kicked on and moulded
himself into a leader of this team. He has accomplished players around
him. At the same time you have to give it to the light, even though he
has had so much success he still looks as hungry as ever. He
certainly has one big game left in him for today. Let's talk about
Saint Paul's. What they lack in pedigree probably doesn't matter
much for this site. I imagine they will not be bound down by history as
a new team. Will they care that their opponents have won so many and
they've won so few? Definitely not. In schools football it is a
different team every year, coming up against different players. They just
need to enjoy their football and play the best they can. You made
your championship debut for Donegal at the age of 18, in front of a big
crowd, that must have had a big impression. For those young players,
live on television, with a massive crowd, will they be bewildered? It
will be tough and there will be nervous. Everyone is going to be
nervous. There is great support here from both sides. Take it all in, and
once it is thrown in, the first two or three minutes, the nerves will
get underway. Thank you. Splendid sunshine here, absolutely baking,
but the boys are looking well in their 3-piece suits. Thomas always
dresses well and he is with a few interesting supporters. If the area
behind the goals is dominated by Saint Paul's, the section behind me
is all blue and white for St Patrick's Maghera. Fantastic buzz
around the stands here, and there are number of fans, parents,
spectators. If we come down here, two of the best seats in the house
are dominated by a few very familiar faces. We've got the former St
Paul's Bessbrook pupil Steve McDonald. Two years ago, how much
will that benefit them this time? They've got the experience of being
to the final before. It should stand them in good stead. Who will be the
key players? You have to look at their captain, Burns. But the
problem is he's coming up against Conor Glass. For me he is the best
player in this age group. This is the trophy both sides are playing
for sitting around here. Who will get their hands on that famous
MacRory Cup? Just behind Stephen Lee of the principle of St Patrick's
Maghera. First year at principle, what is it like to be involved in a
MacRory Cup decider? Nerve wracking at the moment but amazing. Great
feeling. Everybody has been getting ready for a week so we are up for it
today. It is not just about the players or the teachers, it is about
the pupils in the school. How have they embraced this occasion once
again? It has been like this all week in school, our support is
renowned across the whole area. It's not just about the players, it is
about the school and wider community and everybody is urging everybody on
to bring this home. You could hardly get closer to the action, how will
you feel? If we win, immeasurable, it will be an absolute delight,
especially in my first year as principal of the college. MacRory
Cup is massive to the school so it is an important occasion to me
particularly in my first year as principal. There will be a lot of
nerves on the pitch and in the stands as well. Thank you very much.
There is just a cacophony of noise, amazing atmosphere. Hard to think
that someone so young, the 16 and 17-year-olds here, I will not call
them boys but they are certainly very young man. Always a danger the
occasion could get to them. When you look back at 2013, the first
occasion for St Paul's in the final, you could say the occasion got to
them. The more the game and on, the more St Paul's came into it, and
Maghera were sort of hanging on. For the first half-hour St Paul's were
finding their feet, today will be different. It is about coming out
and concentrating on playing the game. It is a game of football the
same as any other except there is a massive prize at the end of it. Who
do you expect to win? That's a hard one to call, watching the two
semifinals, they were both good games. Maybe the team who gets off
to the better start will win. Maghera may make it with their
experience. Just about Maghera. This Saint Paul's team are finding their
feet in the competition. They have been a breath of fresh air, but I
just think Maghera look like big physical units. We look forward to
your thoughts through the course of this afternoon. Let's get to the
action. COMMENTATOR: This beats the
classroom any day of the week. The sunshine of the MacRory Cup final.
Martin Clark was a finalist here a decade ago, man of the match on the
day even though your school loss. Does it feel like ten years ago? It
doesn't, but the experience from the journey was fantastic. These fellows
are starting their careers, exciting for them. And right now moment for
reflection as we remember a former Maghera player who passed away this
week. A beautifully observed minute's
silence for Sean Conway from dairy, former MacRory Cup player who passed
away this week. This is the moment they've been
working for. St Paul's Bessbrook may be relative newcomers but in four
years they've reached two finals in the semifinal. In midfield, Burns
was a substitute in the final two years ago, he is the team leader
today. Much will depend on the scoring power of Liam Kerr, who got
eight points in the semifinal win. As for St Patrick's Maghera, going
for the third success in four years, if they are going to win it they may
think their goalkeeper Shaun Cassidy who made three great semifinal saves
in the win over Dungannon. Shea Downey continuity a proud family
tradition. Up front they will look to Shane McGrath in, scorer 1-6 in
their narrow victory. high standard referee, still playing
club football with his club. And here we go. St Patrick's Maghera in
blue. St Paul's Bessbrook in the familiar maroon and white.
An early opportunity for Maghera to launch their attack with their
captain, AFL man in June, Conor Glass takes it quickly. A lovely
start by St Patrick's Maghera. Winning the free kick, and that
finish from that angle, a phenomenal start. France's Kearney, one of the
twins from the club in Derry. That is nice start. Almost an early
summer 's day rather than a mid-March day on St Patrick's Day.
Maghera look hungry, look eager. Here is the son of the school
principal, feeds the ball neatly to Conor Clarke. An early opportunity
for Richard Keenan, a late addition to the St Paul's team. It is a
family day, of course, and they are enjoying themselves. Here is the
late call-up, Richard Keenan of South Armagh. St Paul's will be
looking for him as a source of scores in this MacRory Cup decided
today. Glass the target, and again he is
the recipient. That is a man that St Paul's will have to watch today as
Maghera come forward, looking confident in the opening exchanges.
Jack Doherty, previous MacRory Cup winner. They are the midfield
combination for Saint Pat 's Maghera.
Enterprising play by St Patrick's Maghera. A chance for Shane
McGuigan! There is the goal! The start gets better and better! 1-1
and some fans have yet to take their seats, less than three minutes
played! France's Kearney just turned inside, went off the left shoulder,
and the awareness to flick it across, took out three defenders. A
relatively simple finish. He is deadly from there, it is a brilliant
start from Maghera. You fear the worst for Bessbrook. They call him
we Shane even though he is six foot two in height. If Maghera were
accused of starting slowly in earlier rounds of the MacRory Cup,
that cannot be a criticism levelled at them today.
The tackling and carrying is ferocious from Maghera in the early
moments. Conor Glass is central and pivotal to much of what they are
Another chance for Shane McGuigan, thinking again about the goal. The
movement inside from Shane McGuigan and Francis Kearney has been
delightful. They were providing options. It was an intelligent
option for Shane McGuigan to take his point because to go five up is a
big score. It was a more difficult opportunity than the one he has just
taken, very smart play. Maghera are dominating.
Glass fouls, another free. Taken quickly. Ryan McSherry will keep the
ball in play. This will be a scoring opportunity
for St Paul's, and, boy, do they need it, just to steady the ship,
settle things down. It is interesting that Conor Glass and
Jonathan Byrd have matched up with each other. I had a feeling that,
given their strengths lie in their attacking ability, both boys are
doing a lot of damage going forward, so it is great to see them going
head-to-head. First scoring opportunity from Shea
Loye, not one of his better ones. Drifts wide. Could that be nervous?
It wasn't the easiest free you will get, though I was down on the pitch
beforehand and the ground was immaculate, the conditions are
perfect, so you would expect in two kick that in. Bessbrook will just
have to rely on their experience, they will have to try and settle,
though Maghera have shown phenomenal start here. Two wides for St Paul's
Bessbrook so far. He is judged to have over carried
the ball, St Paul's have the free. Aaron Boyle is the man to take it,
scored an important goal in their semifinal a few weeks ago.
Plenty of composure at the back, Maharaj don't do panic. They fell
behind to the Academy Dungannon in the semifinal but they were not
fazed and found a way back into the game. They have started like a steam
locomotive here. Another opportunity for Tierney. And the ball is in the
net again! It is a dream start for St Patrick's Maghera. It is becoming
a quarry nightmare for St Paul's. -- a MacRory nightmare. It was a fairly
simple finish but the space they are getting, the quarterback make a
great run up the ground, knew his limitations, David after the forward
and before you know it is in the back of the net. It will be a long
way back for Westbrook. 2-2 to know school. -- no score. Even with just
eight minutes played the alarm bells now are ringing.
At last, Bessbrook have a badly needed school. McGuinness knocked
that one over the bar. Badly needed, and John Rafferty knows it. Into the
ninth minute now, it was good to see him come through and feed it off, a
lovely finish as well. No need to panic just jet, still a lot of game
to play and hopefully that will settle this St Paul's team down. A
mountain to climb, if not an insurmountable one, but it has
certainly been some start by St Patrick's Maghera.
Well intercepted by Rory McCann the St Pat's.
Ryan Gaskin, also a member of the McCrory 2013 St Paul's panel.
Conor Glass was not as intense, that was a fantastic school, dead centre
but 40 metres out. He knows this ground well, being an Armagh boy. It
is good to see St Paul's showing this courage so early in the game.
They have steadied things with those two scores in the last few minutes.
A bit more purpose now from St Paul's. Maybe they have decided to
let the shackles of a bit, having conceded those two early goals.
Lori was trying to do what he could, but his options were limited there.
-- Loye. A lovely side footed ball and,
almost nonchalantly, a third St Patrick's goal. Brilliant, not an
easy path to take. He had to spin round his man, the ball in wasn't
ideal but the way he caught it, held off his opponent, and that finish
was absolutely brilliant. Those two boys upfront are causing absolute
havoc. The way he won the ball, protected the space, took it in,
strong enough to hold off the defender, and that finish is so, so
good. He made it look easy, if it was to a good it was called us and
calmness personified. A third St Patrick's Maghera goal and the gap
is nine points already in this MacRory Cup decider. If the first
two goals did not reach the Bessbrook crowd, that one certainly
has. It is a big ask now, even at this early stage.
You can see his influence, he pops up everywhere, little linking moves.
Even at this early stage you wonder where the initiative to turn the
game is going to come from for St Paul's. Still a long way to go.
Under pressure, the shop was Holyrood. -- hurried.
Damian O'Hagan, that is more like it, shot straight through, third
score the St Paul's. A very clever flick down there from Aaron Boyle. A
lovely finish, didn't try to kick it too hard, just floated it upon the
wind. Maghera, their two semifinal and quarterfinal opponents, titanic
struggles against them, it looks like they have freed up playing
against a more familiar opponent, it seems as if they are playing with a
lot of pre-med and -- freedom and sometimes that can happen if you
have had a difficult path to the final.
The sun in their eyes, but it has not distracted them so far.
The Maghera team is peppered with links to the 1993 All-Ireland
winners. Good tackling from Loye. A free out
for St Paul's. It is about keeping their composure, too, St Paul's,
making sure their heads don't drop. Yes, it is about not being too
concerned with the scoreboard, sticking to the process and the game
plan that has taken you this far, and the score will look after its
self. It is when you start thinking about what will happen here, I will
do something different, that is when it gets dangerous. They need to have
the composure to do that and trust themselves they can claw this back
one point at a time. The problem for St Paul's, however, is that all of
Saint pats schools have come from two players. I was going to say that
is about to change but that effort drifted to the right and wide from
Paddy McCormack. This is Michael Murphy. His club has
a strong representation in this MacRory Cup panel in 2016. Little
things not working out for St Paul's in these early exchanges. Eamon
O'Neill and Ryan Gaskill combining. Loye again. Nile McGuinness showing
well when he gets on the ball. Maghera have plenty of numbers back.
That was not one of his best attempts.
St Patrick's Cavan were heading for the third MacRory Cup success,
remember. Another chance here, and another goal! Another nail, you hate
to say it at this early stage, but Paddy Crick has found the net for St
Patrick's Maghera, four goals and two points for the Derry men, three
points for St Paul's. The movement inside, it is hard to point fingers
at the defence because the movement is such high quality, but they have
lots of space to work in front of them to move on these passes. You
would expect St Paul's Bessbrook to have rectified that by now, put some
defenders back to stem the flow for a little bit, because every time
Maghera go forward they are capable of scoring goals. Four goals in 80
minutes. A great run around the keeper, you still have to get the
ball onto your boot under pressure so not as easy a finish as it may
have looked. A great no mistaking his influence
in this match, he is causing havoc in the forward line. The Martin
stretches again for Maghera. -- the margin. It's a big ask. This is Liam
Kerr. Scored eight points in the semifinal win but has yet to
register in this final, this is his first opportunity. And it's good.
They are going to need lots more from him if they will turn this
particular contest around. An accomplished free taker. His club
has celebrated through the years. -- a celebrated history. Dinky kick
out. Patrick Kearney. Able to mobilise free men very quickly. Time
and playing with plenty of confidence on the ball. Thought he
was fouled but play continues. Nice enterprising ball into McGuigan,
toying with his man once again. He will try to get it on the left foot,
his preferred kicking foot. On this occasion may be too much one way and
then the other. The referee is going to have a word with McGuigan. , a
lot better. Hard to ask players to be playing one-on-one this level. I
feel sorry for the two boys in there. What should they try to do?
Put a halfback in just in front. It is bouncing and they are able to get
it on the turn. Just clog it up for a few minutes so they can get a
foothold in the game. They are being ruthless, Maghera. I would expect
them to look at that before they move completely out of this game.
Trying to get Liam Kerr on the ball a bit more, St Paul's. He has been
dispossessed. Swarm of blue shirts. Here they come again. Keen to get
that ball forward as quick as they can. McGuigan is one of the man who
has been doing much of the scoring so far. Not one of his best passes
and Konta class will do well to keep it in place.
He heads to Hawthorne in June after his A-levels are completed. Looking
for an option inside. Shane Lowry has done well to hold onto it. Over
the top. Slowly but surely they are beginning to find the range. That
was a great move and he took it well. Very unlucky, just over the
bar. They will take that point. And full credit for their start,
Maghera. To come out of the box and score 4-2 is absolutely brilliant.
Saint Pauls are struggling to get the pace of this team the minute.
There is the bench of the St Paul's Bessbrook panel. Maybe a little
shell-shocked but there is still a fair distance to go. More danger
here from St Patrick's Maghera, and an opportunity for Williams to
increased the lead. From that sort of distance he'll make no mistake.
They have clearly been working on it and have corrected it today. They
are determined to try to rectify it and they have certainly done that.
Smart option to take the points. Aaron Boyle, whose goal in the early
moments of the second half in the semifinal really swung the game
decisively St Paul's way. They could do with one of those goals today.
And another scoring opportunity for St Paul's, albeit from a fair
distance held. Within the range of Liam Kerr. Perhaps sensibly he
decides to go short. Sprinting forward, under pressure. Picks out
Shane Lowry. Combination plays nicely, execution of the shop not as
convincing. The chances gone. Some inexperience, tried to brush the
shot before he had the ball completely under control. Of course
he was under good pressure by Maghera defenders. But the shot was
not the best option. He's got to be happy, Paul Hughes. Joint manager of
St Patrick's Maghera. Highly experienced. He has led so many
college teams over the years. His team have defending to do here. That
effort from Aaron Boyle not one of his better ones. That is the worry,
if some panic sets in and things go wrong. Heads might start to drop.
Those whites are often the thing that deflate young players more than
conceding. The goals so far have been of real high quality. You would
expect somebody of Aaron Boyle's quality to put that away and he has
been doing that all season. These two have contested 26 Ulster College
football finals between them. The difference being Maghera have been
in 24, this is the second for St Paul's. History tells you there is a
big gap in experience and knowledge of showpiece deciders like this. It
will be a big test of character, how they manage this game and get back
into it. Maghera with McGuigan. No panic if the initial avenue
doesn't work out, they will change it and try another route. Patrick
Kearney's long ball in, looking for the brother and finding him. Turning
inside his man again. This is nice. He may have won the 45. He is their
target man. Those balls, they are not precision passes. Extremely
intelligent play, here. To win himself the 45 for his team. Lovely
piece of showboating. To think to do that in that space of time shows you
what sort of head he has on his shoulders as well as being such a
smooth mover. Still hard to credit this is his fourth MacRory Cup
campaign. He wore the number two jersey when they last met in the
decider three years ago. He is renowned as a man marker but
he can score, too. And then I give him the commentators curse. Move it
up. Nice combination play with McWilliams. Just look so comfortable
on the ball, St Patrick's Maghera. Men running off the shoulder and
into space. Not always precision passes but more often than not they
can make something of the. Started from a long ball out, and Maghera
had a spare defender back, they were able to mop up the danger. That is
exactly what I suggested potentially Saint Paul's could have done to help
their insight defenders out a little. He's gone short. Francisco
who was the target. Great vision, simple but effective
play from Maghera. Bessbrook have it back. Aaron Boyle combining with
Declan Loye. They need the ball up the other end, St Paul's. They will
have to work very hard even to get the ball out of their own half.
Richard Keenan feeding Conor Clarke. Kurt tries to turn inside but Feeney
got a hand to it. Ryan Gaskin is fouled, couple of
hands in, there. Jarlath Og Burns, the team captain.
Bessbrook try to work an opening from a long way out. Conor Clarke
with the effort. It was speculative at best. I know he is a team-mate of
yours. Yes, he was working hard to get back after knee injury. He just
dropped his head after that shot. The defence has been fairly compact.
One minute of additional time in this first half. They will try to
finish the half with another flourish. McGuigan and Kearney
utterly dominant. They've scored 3-2 in this first half and that's been
the main reason that the gap in the scoreboard is so big. McGuigan
combine. Patrick Kearney, and the unmarked man is, McAllister. It's
almost leisurely at times. Shane McGrath and will look up, and when
he gets a roommate that there will only be one outcome. Shane McGrath
in is enjoying himself out there. -- showing McGuigan enjoying himself.
1-24 McGuigan in the half. St Patrick's Maghera utterly in control
in just about every sector of the pitch. And it's the long road back
even at this early stage for St Paul's Bessbrook. France's Kearney
finding the net. Key to so much of what they created. McGuigan and
Kearney scoring 3-3 of the first half tally for St Patrick's Maghera,
that is why they are in charge. It will need to be a special half-time
talk from John Rafferty. They say that goals win games, and
they also say that if you take your points your goals will come. It
seems as though Maghera have been the polar opposite to that.
Phenomenal start. Looking at McGuigan. Two wonderful goals. We
said before, the team that got off to a better start would have a
greater chance of winning. Kearney winning the ball, taking on his man,
but being very unselfish and passing it. Was that a throw? Debatable,
hard to know. Saint Paul's probably will not be happy. Next goal, Feeney
finds great space, doesn't panic. Kearney has a shot, and it bounces
four McGuigan, easy task of finishing in the back of the net.
Kearney made the first goal and made no mistake with the third goal for
Maghera, wonderfully taken shot. He's been very impressive. Had a
hand in all the goals. His finish for his own goal was good. He has a
very acute angle, he is able to slide it under the goalkeeper. Up
front between Kearney and McGuigan, invariably they will win it, the two
big and strong men. They have the physical edge. With the
opportunities they are able to take them. That's why Maghera are so
comfortable. We were almost thinking it was over before it started, and
then another hammer blow. Another well taken shot. Absolutely. They
built from deep, slightly different to the other goals. Making the run
on the blindside the invariably Kearney wins it. Seven or
eight points up, you think they will just knock it over the bar for
another score. But they went for the jugular. In those five to six
minutes they completely finished off this game as a contest. The key
question, what does the management team of St Paul's Bessbrook say to
their players? They are young men, inexperienced, and going by this
scoreboard, it does not look good, what can they do? Their heads will
be down. You just have to take a minute and don't forget there is
another whole half of football. They are such big man, great site, some
excellent players. You've just got to do your best. There's a great
battle in midfield between, class and Jarlath Og Burns. People talked
about the Armagh element, one thing they all have in common is the
ruthlessness. The minute Maghera have the ball, they go for the goal.
Yes, they will go for the goal every time. The battle in the middle of
the field, Maghera will have fancied themselves before the game. In
actual fact it is about 50-50. But they are able to build from the
back. And when St Paul's get an opportunity, it is not a simple
opportunity and they have to work so hard to get that score. That is one
thing you can notice from afar. Comprehensive first half from
Maghera. What about the MacLarnon Cup? It was played before the
MacRory Cup final, and we can get highlights now.
Charging through, passed back, find the debt, Andrew Woods with the
finish. All the hard work by Keane. Well one by Finnegan. Clinical from
across. That is a super school. Holy Trinity Church really need to score.
That is a super point opened the second half. Well taken. Options off
the shoulder with O Conor. He taps sitting. David Garland with the
finish. -- taps it in. After O'Connor's shot, it rebranded to
Garland. He does not miss opportunities like that.
An inspired score from Garland, he has been terrific. Back with Devlin.
He has been very impressive for midfield, James Devon. Garland,
high, over the top. Holy Trinity really need a goal.
Finnegan goes himself. Carrick across Harvey champions, defeating
Holy Trinity. Raising the McLarnon cup in front of
the rest of the players. A fantastic individual performance from Garland,
the real star of the show for the team. He hit one goal and eight
points to win this very famous trippy. To give you an idea of how
in demand this team is, they have been raced back for a parade, they
are being brought up on stage, they could not hang about to be
interviewed by us! They are superstars now. One man trying to
keep his feet on the ground is the headteacher of the school, how
significant is this? It is very significant, we are delighted to be
the holders of the McLarnon cup. We were beaten by a very strong team
last year and it ran deep through the school, throughout the football
fraternity, the Gaelic fraternity and the school itself, so we had to
make amends today. We had a plan in place, it was executed perfectly
today, and we have some superstars but a super team and we hope they
will go forward now and represent the colleges in the decider to see
who represents all Star in the All-Ireland series. The school is
also going very well overall, success has filtered down?
Absolutely, all the young lads want to play ball, but on the jersey, be
part of the setup, of what is the highest Gaelic tradition. We are a
small school, we don't have the best facilities, local cover have been
helping us out, I will sponsors, etc, and all the young lads want to
come and play ball, they are talented, committed, and very well
coached. It worked for us today and we are delighted, I couldn't be more
proud of the school, the teachers, parents, supporters, and in
particular the team mentor is today because they put a plan in place,
followed it perfectly, played the games start to finish, it was a
mature, level-headed, brilliant performance and we are absolutely
chuffed, and I offer a debt of gratitude to those guys, their
families and the school. They should be on stage in Carrickmacross in
about half an hour, it might be a bit tight for you to make it down
but congratulations to the school and two of the happiest men inside
the Athletic Grounds. Some very, very proud people today.
Congratulations to Patrician haulage in Carrickmacross. They looked
brilliant. -- Patrician college. To win it today must be redemption for
a lot of the players who were involved last year. What does John
Rafferty said to his troops at half-time? It looks like Mission
impossible from the outside looking in. He has a difficult team talk.
One thing is to leave everything on the field, they have not done that
so far, they have been poor on the back. The chances of friends they
have not taken -- the chances upfront.
St Paul's need to get a period of dominance in the second half, get
three or four goals, make a game of this. You would expect Mahabharata
kick on and win the game but we talked about the experience of the
St Patrick's Day MacRory final, you don't want it to be unhappy because
that is not a great experience for a young blood to take into the next
round of his football career. But St Paul's will feel they have not
performed defensively and when you get those opportunities upfront, to
visit maybe, they need to take them. We will wait to see whether St
Pauls' Bessbrook can make a comeback in the second half. The MacRory Cup
is about the players on the pitch, but also about the fans.
Yes, fantastic atmosphere amongst the supporters, and many of them
have made a lot of effort today. Let's get a quick run through of
some of the supporters. Some of the best dressed supporters inside the
Athletic Grounds! I am dressed as St Paul's bus, I have supporters, the
manager, the mascots. Go on, St Paul's! They are projected on the
big screen as well! Pick up your drum, give us a beat of that! I'm
the bass player of St Paul's, come on St Paul's! We will try to get
some crowd interaction in a moment, find out who they think is the best
dressed of all. Next up, you are live on BBC, can you see?! Tell us
about your outfit. I'm a blue person! Next up, it wouldn't be
March the 17th without this man, said Patrick. Tell us a bit about
this, because you don't find these things just in your wardrobe! No, my
name is Liam, I support Saint pats, I thought, it is Saint Patrick
State, go for Saint Patrick. -- Saint Patrick's Day. Let's try to
find out, as the players come back on the pitch, who people think is
the best dressed. Is it the pair from Bessbrook?
The drama? The blue man?
Or Saint Patrick? And the winner is... Said Patrick!
Who else?! Congratulations! Thank you very much.
It looks like Saint Patrick in more ways than one. Certainly dressed for
the occasion! The worrying thing is then Patrick 's Maghera looked
almost as if they were just in cruise control in that first half,
almost as if there is more to come, is that reading it wrongly? It was a
phenomenal performance. If there is more to come, I am looking forward
to seeing it. Hopefully St Paul's can come out here now and making
game of it. I am looking forward to the second
half, hopefully St Paul can make a game of it.
Let's rejoin our commentary team for the second half.
COMMENTATOR: 11 point margins have been hauled back before but it is a
big ask for St Paul's high school of Bessbrook.
They won't give up without a fight, any side prepared by John Rafferty
and Barry Shannon will contest this to the very end. This is Liam Kerr,
the man of the match in the semifinal. That is more like it, the
outside of the boot, the sort of start Bessbrook badly needed in this
half. We have heard a lot about his place in the build-up to the game,
you showed it there, 20 seconds after half-time. Up into fifth gear
and a fantastic finish as well. The psychological advantage of getting
the first school so early. His second point of the afternoon.
Loye is in there, trying to win it back, but well recovered by Conor
McAllister. Conor Glass and Jack Doherty in full
flow, it is a hard partnership to curtail.
Declan Loye needs to be careful here, under pressure from Shane
McGuigan. But there are enough St Paul's shirts to help out.
Nice combination play, this is better. The captain tries to go
inside Conor Glass, he is fouled by Conor Glass, wins the free. The two
number eights combining. I contest worth watching, on that occasion
last adjudged to have fouled his man. This should be straightforward
for Shane Lowry. -- Shea Loye. And it is, and the first two scores of
the second half go to St Paul's. That is what the neutrals wanted to
see, what the St Paul's fans wanted to see. Come out and get those first
two scores, they were able to stop Maghara's first attack and school as
well. Nine points, three goals, who knows? Still 30 minutes left. As
well as the MacRory Cup, the prize awaiting the winners is a Hogan cup
semifinal next Wednesday against Summerhill College. St Pat's and
Bessbrook went been thinking about that now, it is about taking the
main Ulster prize here on St Patrick's Day.
Eamon O'Neill's ball is long. Under pressure that time round but they
have got the sideline ball. St Paul's will try to get this man on
the ball wherever they can. High tackle from Ryan McSherry. The
referee just having a quick word, nothing major.
A perfect example there of not giving the easy first ball. A great
run, delayed it. Now McGuinness sprinting forward for Bessbrook.
Potentially that last attack from Maghera could be making them think
they have this in the bag. You saw the wide count a moment ago,
six for Bessbrook, John Rafferty knows changes need to be made and
here is one of them. That foul produces a free. St Paul's
need to try to turn the tide here, can this man provided, Stephen
Finnegan? Waiting for his opportunity to come in.
Bessbrook can make their change and introduce Finegan. And the man
making way is Richard Keenan. A pat on the back from his manager. Worked
hard, but, as has been the case for so many St Paul's players today, not
everything they have tried has come off.
Another opportunity here, polite argy-bargy between Dame Linda Hagan
and Conor Glass, good-natured, I think. -- Damien O Hagan.
Conor Glass one that free, he was outnumbered but used his body was to
set up the team again. Bessbrook have not given up the
ghost by any stretch of the imagination.
McWilliams is fouled by Ryan Gaskin. Such a fantastic win on that ball,
really bailed his team out, helped the St Paul's attack. Great to see
two younger lads putting their bodies on the line for the school.
Uncle Henry will be proud! They looked like they can move up a
gear or two if they need to. This particular move in danger of
breaking down and becoming untidy. Shane Lowry is back to help out. The
referee spotted an infringement. Lots of trophies in his cabinet at
home, Dermot McNicol. Umpteen MacRory Cup titles both as a player
and a manager. Joint managers when they won back in 2002. Receiving
treatment for this challenge, McGuinness coming down on him,
there. Saint Paul's will make another change in the moment. He is
up and OK. 13 maybe behind but plenty of voice and noise from the
St Paul's supporters. They've brought so much colour to this St
Patrick's Maghera cider. Josh Durnin comes in. -- this St Patrick's
Maghera decider. Declan Loye under pressure.
McGuinness. Showing a good clean pair of heels. Bearing down on goal,
chance here. And that's more like it from St Paul's. They needed a spark,
and they've got one now. Absolutely fantastic response from St Paul's in
this half. What a great goal. Great run from Conor McGuinness, and he
gave it to the right man. Directed into the roof of the net. Phenomenal
goal. And the catalyst was the McGuinness to win combining and
setting it up. And the finish was deadly. Suddenly the margin is down
to six points. And still St Patrick's Maghera are waiting for
their first score since the restart. You mentioned it was important they
got one. It was that one piece of play, simple past not given, I
thought it might come back to haunt them. They need that score to settle
them. A little question or two being asked right now, is this going to be
the response? The answer is no. The effort from McWilliams is wide. Very
surprised that St Paul's don't have a football behind the goal. The big
teams would have three or four, you need to get it moving as quick as
you can. Thankfully somebody in the crowd threw it back out to young
Michael Murphy to get the ball moving against quite a little over
18 minutes to go. Can they do it? Let's see.
Maghera in possession, leading by six. This is good play by Francis
Kearney again. The kick from Patrick Kearney, the radar is off in the
second half. The key thing is St Paul's had bodies down there,
throwing themselves on the line. That did not happen in the first
half. That was a crucial part. St Paul's putting them under pressure
and the result is a wide. That is one thing that John Rafferty
rectified in the dressing room at half-time. Maghera had lots of it up
front in the first half, not so much in the second half. Murphy's kit in
towards his captain. The bounce may deceive Declan Loye. Bit more
purpose and intensity from St Paul's since the restart. Getting forward
to get into whose goal-scoring positions. McGuinness's control
can't prevent that ball from drifting out. McGuinness from South
Armagh, one of three McGuinnesss. Patrick Kearney's ball looking for
the twin brother, if he can keep it in, and he has. Kearney, right
footed. Again he was under pressure. That helped to skew the chance.
That's all it takes. The bit of defending by Declan Loye before
that. Those boys took a hammering in the first half. The character they
are showing now, they are making them earn their scores more this
half. They have not got any yet so they are doing a great job. St
Paul's ball once again. Josh Durnin wants to get on with it quickly but
the referee wants him in the correct position. Another switch being made
by Saint Pauls. Looks like now McGuinness is making way. The man in
is Ryan Hughes. Conor Clarke trying to gather it, in
the end Shane Lowry does. He has been working tigerish lay in the
second period. Maghera win it back. Combine well
again. This is nice play by St Patrick's Maghera. McWilliams goes
for the score and now they have their first score, could that be an
important one for Maghera to settle it all down? And the gap is seven
points again. Great team score. We talked about the importance of that.
You can see from the reaction, he knew how big a score that was. You
expect them to go on now. And misses an opportunity for Paddy quick, they
will take the point. Could have gone under, it's gone over. McGuigan
again. It's as if that score has released Maghera and let them
release. Doing the sensible thing and popping it over. Might have got
the touch, glanced up over the bar off the goalie. He's got a powerful
drive online. But it's still a point, another one that St Paul's
need to get back. Here is Ryan Hughes, just on a moment ago. This
could be an opportunity to cut the deficit back to six. That wasn't an
easy angle but it was a beautiful score from Shane Lowry.
Whatever was said at half-time by the two managers, it's as if they
almost have nothing to lose now, they are enjoying the occasion.
Perhaps the pressure got to them. Now we are seeing what they can do.
It is turning into a fantastic game of football. The supporters may be
asking why they couldn't do this in the first. But this is much better
from the South Armagh school. Still going forward. This is Liam Kerr
territory. And if it goes over it will cut the deficit back once again
to six points. Very distinctive style and
preparation. Why change it if you can do that? These fans still hope
their team can applaud this final back.
Just over 11 minutes ago in the MacRory Cup final. Jack Docherty
under pressure. McGuigan the target. Declan Loye policing him.
McWilliams's kit is off target. Six points the advantage, it's a
comfortable lead. Relatively comfortable. But in this half St
Paul's have outplayed Maghera big-time, and the scoreboard
suggests that. If St Paul's still believe, and they look like they do,
and their fans are creating a great atmosphere. St Paul's are still in
this as long as they believe it. No sign of any head struggling, least
of all the use, although he's under pressure. This is an opportunity for
Ryan McSherry. It's a 45. He went for it but that's a fine save by one
of the unsung heroes of the St Pat's team, Sean Cassidy, getting a hand
to that, and what a vital says it may prove to be. McSherry went for
the near post. Nice height for the keeper but fantastic reactions. Much
every new it was a big shock to take on. He has provided so much in this
competition already and has done so again. Great quality by Bessbrook,
definitely not out of this. Quite good off the deck but it is a big
kick on the athletic Grounds. From County Down. Conor Clarke to try to
cut the deficit to five points, doesn't quite have enough meat on
it. You do feel that every chance is going to have to count now for Saint
Paul's in the remaining nine minutes.
Paddy McCourt mug. Turner continued his run.
Good tackling from Conor Magennis. The St Pat's supporters thought it
was a foul. No question it was a free kick. They can feel very hard
done by on that particular occasion, Maghera, but it was not given. And
they come forward with Conor McDonald, Liam Kerr gathers it.
Knocks it on to Eamon O'Neill. He's got a bit of space. O'Neill on hand.
Laid off to Josh Durnin. It is wide. They need to be good in these last
few minutes. The last two chances have gone begging. Snatched that it
little. He had Liam Kerr screaming for it up front, probably should
have passed it. He took it on himself. And it was one he probably
should have put over. Sean Cassidy's save so important. He is a hurler by
trade, he became a football goalkeeper by accident. Maghera make
more changes. The lead is six points. A pat on his back from his
manager. Coming forward now, Maghera looking
to extend the advantage. Gives it back to McGuigan. With that trusty
left peg, he makes no mistake. These two boys have been so dangerous
upfront. They give them a simple task every time. Great finish, he
knew how important that score would be. He's very happy. Didn't try to
kick it too hard. You would have to think that the MacRory Cup is going
back to Maghera. Two goals and four points for McGuigan so far. Seven
points is the Maghera league. St Paul's will not give up, it is not
in their ethos. A little discussion over who the line ball should go to
on that far side. Declan Loye arguing his case with the match
referee. Bessbrook want them to get on with
it. Declan Loye has gone into the referee's notebook. Rarebit of space
for Ryan McSherry. Feeding it in nicely. Hughes has shown well since
being introduced but that particular pass is intercepted by the captain,
Konta class. Jack Doherty sprints forward making
himself available. Shane McGuigan, the two men causing more damage.
McGuigan turning illegally, according to the referee.
He almost had to many options. They seemed telepathic in the way they
are linking up with each other, a massive part of why Maghera have
such a big lead. That was not one of his best
efforts. While the heads are not dropping, as such, I think the
realisation is beginning to set in the sum of these players that this
MacRory Cup is slipping away. It is, it is not a nice feeling, I played
in a lot of semifinals and lost them, it is a horrible thing to have
to be out there and play until the final whistle, knowing that you will
not be taking the cup back to your school and county on this occasion.
The noise and thinking is coming from the St Patrick 's Mahavira
fans, they sent a 15th MacRory Cup title is imminent now.
Francis Kinney has been so influential today.
I thought that was going to be a free in but McGuigan is adjudged to
have carried the ball illegally there. Perhaps he took too many
steps. The challenge put him under severe pressure. Conor Glass gets
some running repairs. More changes for St Pat's Maghera, Conor
Mulholland coming into the fray and Conor McAleny to have played his
part, he is the man to make way. How do you think Conor Glass will fare
down under when he goes there in June? He is obviously a phenomenal
athlete, he has got pace and a great size for someone of his age. I was
skinny and small at that age but he had a busy of a man so he will have
no problem, he is going to a great club. He has every chance of making
it providing he can pick up the pace of the game and the skills. The
thing I like if he doesn't try to do too much, he plays his role. He is a
really intelligent player, I wish all the best. Playing a captain's
Park today, as St Paul's have a free to move ten yards forward for
dissent. You can feel the belief losing
finally out of the St Paul's players now as we are deep in the last
minute and added time beckons. This is some pats -- some pats Maghera's
24th MacRory Cup final appearance, they have won 14 of them previously
and are on the another milestone today. Three minutes of added time
on the referee's clock. I think the notes will be, this is our day.
Maybe he is thinking about the Hogan cup semifinal next week. Can St
Paul's finish with a flourish of their own? Well caught out at the
back by Conor Glass, he pops up everywhere! I see he is holding -ish
older. He has had a history of shoulder injury, it is a shallow
joint. He has taken himself back at this stage of the game, it is that
type of play that will be inspirational. He knows it is a
matter of playing at the game, it was a great interception. You have
to say Mahavira deserved the win but great character by St Paul's
Bessbrook in the second half. Another goal opportunity, this is
going to be a penalty. An opportunity for St Patrick's Maghera
to add a touch of class to this MacRory Cup final from a Derry point
of view. Colonel Darrel got in there and caused the opening. I don't
think Bessbrook can have too many quibbles about that particular
challenge. Trying to dispossess him. St Paul's could have the argument
that the initial contact was just outside the 40 metre line but it was
very, very close call, certainly a free kick, and this stage will not
make much difference to the score. The man who was fouled will take the
kick himself. It is the icing on the cake for St
Pat's Maghera. He has enjoyed himself today, and so have they.
Perfect penalty, such a leisurely run-up for a schoolboy to come and
hit a penalty like that. I know it is almost the last kick of the
MacRory Cup Final, but such skill and closure no doubt he will join
the celebrations in few minutes time. It was composed finish.
Textbook illustration in goal-scoring. Another illustration
of the prowess of St Patrick 's Maghara in Ulster colleges Gaelic
football because for the 15th time in the school's history they are
champions of Ulster, the MacRory Cup heading to St Pat's once again! Lets
joint Thomas Kane with the man of the match.
The pitch has been invaded by an army of blue and white.
Congratulations, you are man of the match. How does it feel to win the
MacRory Cup? After last year, it was a big end last year and we knew we
had to get by them, we were right up there, we knew we had a chance. What
was the key to the victory? Francis and Shane McGuigan, they couldn't be
handled. They are unstoppable. How special is it to enjoy this moment
with your brother? It is good to have someone out there. Is there a
Hogan cup in this team now? Oh, definitely. How important was it not
to become complacent after the early goals? We made sure we were not
going to do that. The same happened with another team who were 11 points
up at half-time, we knew that could happen to them. Patrick Tierney, you
are the man of the match. I think there is a celebration, you had
better get involved down their! Congratulations to Patrick and St
Patrick's Maghera, for the 15th time the MacRory Cup champions. Paul
Hughes joins me, you never seem to get tired of winning these
competitions, do you? I might not see too many more of them but it is
tremendous for the school, tremendous for the clubs, there is
great enthusiast for MacRory Cup football in St Patrick's, there has
been for years. We are torchbearers, we are trying to pass this other
people. We are passing this on to another generation, another group of
kids who want to do this thing. Really embrace it and love it,
because it is special, MacRory Cup football is special. This may be too
soon for one generation, it is a sweet success? We have won the
MacRory Cup, cannot get better than this, doesn't get better than this.
Can I talk about the forward line? St Pat's Maghera seemed to bring out
these great things throughout the years. We were looking at the
McGuigans and Tierneys, phenomenal. We stopped using the ball and
playing as a team... I will have to stop you there. We will do in the
commentary team. COMMENTATOR: It doesn't matter how
often you win it, these are the scrapbook moments for every young
footballer. The current Ulster colleges chairman introducing the
presentation of that shiny MacRory Cup, which will be handed to Conor
Glass. One of the real Ulster Gaelic football talents. He heads on a
professional Australian rules contract Down Under in June after he
completes his A-levels. He will be missed but he will favour this
particular moment. The man of the match award is presented to Patrick
Kearney. This is a special moment. Whatever level of success these
young players have had. Yes, it is the most exciting time, or both hard
work they have put in from November time, training over Christmas, this
is the reward. MacRory Cup number 15 For St Patrick's College Maghera
resented to Conor Glass. Let's hear from the man himself, the
captain. Congratulations to St Patrick's
Maghera and Conor Glass, phenomenal footballer, we wish him all the best
with his career. Did the best team win? Definitely, the best team on
the day one. St Paul's came out in the second heart and made a game of
it. But definitely St Pat's Maghera, the best team won. Just to let
everyone know, there is an important programme coming up on BBC One on
Monday night at 9pm, it has been following the Crossmaglen team for
two years, that is on Monday at 9pm. Congratulations to St Patrick's
Maghera, thank you to both of the boys for joining me today. Time now
for the Schools' Cup Finals. Congratulations to St Pat's Maghera
on their MacRory Cup success. The focus switches to Ulster rugby
headquarters and the 140th Schools' Cup Finals. It is RBAI against
Campbell College. Hello, welcome to the Kingspan Stadium, it is that
time again, St Patrick's day wouldn't be the same without the
Schools' Cup. Alongside me this afternoon, two men with plenty of
experience, a finalist of Ballymena Academy in 99 and 2000, Ian
Humphreys, and Ulster and Ireland centre Darren Cave. The pain of
defeat in the final, have you got over it after all these years?! Not
really! It was a long time ago, but two of the best days of my rugby
career. As a county school we were not expecting to do too well but we
got to two finals, which will ultimately lost. But it lives longer
the memory. How important was schools rugby to you, Darren? It was
massive. When I was coming through, we were in the quarterfinals two
years in a row, it wasn't a bad result, but I still look back,
despite what I achieved in my career, on those days very fondly,
and some regret that the teams I was part of have not been able to click
to a semifinal never mind an occasion like this. It is an
occasion that stands out in Ulster Rugby? It is, over the few weeks a
lot of us who have managed to play in the Schools' Cup Finals have
talked about it. As a school play this is the pinnacle, it is what you
prepare all year for, it is a great occasion, great crowd. You can hear
them building up now. A lot of history between two big Belfast
schools today? Yes, it was great to see die rider coming to the
semifinal but at the end of the day these two are incredibly
competitive, two good prep schools feeding them. Some of these players
will be building potentially 14 years for this, it is where it all
culminates. Some of them might not play rugby ever again, some of them
might play for Ireland, but either way and massive occasion for them.
And it is coping with that occasion, as well? They will not be used to
crowds and atmospheres like this and the whole school will be watching,
but they have to feed of the pressure and any nerves they have
once the whistle goes, they will have to be forgotten about. They
played here a fortnight ago in the semifinal, had a bit of experience,
the RBAI boys winning last year would have experienced it as well.
The focus will be on the two teams taking the field but off the pitch
the excitement has been building. We sent our star reporter and a
familiar face to get a sense of what this day means at Campbell and Inst.
One of the biggest disappointment of my rugby career is never making the
Schools' Cup Finals. The BBC have sent me out to Campbell and insert
to find out about the pre-match atmosphere and the build-up to the
big-game -- Campbell and Inst. I have just come from the school
assembly and now I'm in the sixth form centre to chat to a few of the
players and the school band. Show me what you've got. Riding high, up in
the sky! Flying high, up in the sky! Daly ago, nice to meet you, thank
you very much! -- there you go. Whenever I was in school we
literally had about two of these machines. We didn't do any gym work.
Did you start last year? Yes. Unbelievable. I was not that nervous
last year compared to this year. I think it takes the pressure off.
Thanks very much, best of luck. We had look behind-the-scenes, now we
are at Campbell College to see what these guys have got to offer. Hello,
boys, how are you? Good morning. Any songs you will be singing for them?
CCB! CCB! You are scaring me with that, so you are. I feel sorry for
the other team with you guys cheering them on like that. Good to
see you, how are you getting on? All right. You must be excited, are you?
It's been a dream for ten years. Unbelievable. It's only half the
dream. Of course it is, corset is. And what is the atmosphere in the
school I? Buzzing. Really? Yes. Huge excitement. Well done, lads. That's
pretty impressive. They were showing me their drum as well, so you are
going to be up against it. Not just the noise on the pitch, you lads as
well. Right, lads, what are we having, I think I'm going to be
serving. Two sausages or one? I'll give two, she's not watching.
Anything else? Good man. It's been brilliant to be given the
opportunity to look round both schools, two very ambitious teams,
two incredible sets of support. It all comes down to the day on the
pitch, made the best team win. He is a rock star, Tommy Bowe, but
you get the feeling from the two schools of the is floating about the
place. Oh yeah. Both sets of teams look really up for it and excited.
You saw how times have changed. The gym is state-of-the-art, many clubs
would be pleased with it. When I was at school there were no gyms or
weights lifted. Great for rugby that the schools are getting this kind of
development from an early age. I imagine not much schoolwork has
done, atmosphere building. Surprise that the Campbell supporters are
only arriving now, it means they must have been in class. The
standard of facilities is completely different from when we were playing
at school. It is professional. At the end of the day this is what it
is about, we cannot rely on Ulster consistently signing these World Cup
winners from South Africa and New Zealand. We need to become more like
Leinster. Certainly a different ball game. Let's soak up some of the
atmosphere and noise. He's not Tommy Bowe but he's the next best thing,
my foster. I wouldn't say that. It's a quiet and sombre atmosphere, pitch
side... Not. This man lifted the schools cup 50 years ago today.
Captain of Campbell College in a famous 3-0 emphatic victory over
Coleraine. What are your memories of that special day 50 years ago? My
main memory is that it was a horrendously bad weather day. The
gale was howling up and down the pitch. In those days there were no
stands at either end. Just a big stand here. I'm afraid it was not a
great spectacle to watch. But an amazing game to play in. Any
schoolboy who plays rugby, this is where they want to end up. And when
they get here they certainly don't want to lose. So we were very
fortunate to come out 3-0 at the end. Special day today, 11 members
of that team are here to take in the class of 2016. How special is that
bond you made all those years ago? We have kept in touch one way or
another. And it's very nice to have them back after 50 years. One boy
has come from Canada, three have come from England. One has come from
Dublin. And the rest are all local. It's a big thing to get them all
here. Two boys sadly died very young and they are no longer here, but
that's the way life goes after 50 years I'm afraid. We will let you
enjoy the rest of the game with the rest of those team members. Special
day for John Dixon and the Dixon family, John Junior is part of the
RBI team. How special is this occasion? Great excitement in the
family over the last week or so. Same as last year, we enjoyed it
very much, and this year will be no different. Are you as nervous as
your son John when the match starts? Excited is more the word. I was with
him this morning, took him to school and he was very confident and
relaxed and looking forward to today. Thanks for your time, I hope
it goes well. For a bit of fun on St Patrick's day, you can guess how
many pictures he's going to take, I'm going to guess 1987. It's all
about family. The crowds have filled the place. How will the players be
feeling? Probably a little nervous, a bit excited. They will have done
their pre-match routine. Both like to throw the ball about a bit.
Hopefully we will see exciting rugby. There were some good tries in
the semifinal. Rory Scholes, Ulster winger, how important is it that the
ex-players give a little bit back? Its key that the players now
understand that this is a massive occasion and a massive game, but it
is a game, and they have to treat it like any other. Think about how many
times they have executed their skills in training and other
matches, commonly times they have performed. You just have to deliver
like you have every single day in training. The team that does it
better will win. And enjoy it as well? Absolutely. These are some of
their biggest games and they are playing with their mates which will
not necessarily happen again. Just enjoy the experience. Your
prediction? The backline are very dangerous and will possibly score
more tries. Just to make it interesting I will go with Campbell.
We can cross to the commentary team. COMMENTATOR: Good afternoon. It
really is a good afternoon. Certainly turned up the warm side of
the stone for this. Only the London hospitals cup has been going longer.
Longest running rugby trophy in Ireland. Only the 14th final between
these two great sites. Between the three they have wanted more times
than anybody else. When you played here against Dalriada, it was
probably one of the biggest games of your life. Yes, one of the best
games of my life. At 17 or 18 years old, like these guys, this is by far
and away their biggest sporting occasion. They are really living for
this. The captain of the Campbell side 50 years ago, it was a good
side. Some future internationals in the side. They contained the great
Ken Goodall. In those days everybody played rugby after school. Alas that
is not the case today. Certainly not. If you had the pleasure of
seeing the clips involving Tommy Bowe earlier, you see the
preparation that goes in, and for the members of staff as well. No
stone left unturned in terms of player recruitment and their
physical conditioning. I talked to a number of finalists who said even
the thrill of playing for Ireland could not be surpassed by the thrill
of walking out here on Saint Patrick stays. Definitely not, and we have a
privileged position here on the halfway line. The moment has
arrived. They are simply champing at the bit.
It is Campbell College against the Royal Belfast academical
institution. They have a number of players back
from last year. Campbell are led by James Boyle.
Call 02 arrived from Australia at the start of the season -- Paul 02.
The referee during his first schools cup final. His great, great
grandfather played in the very first Irish team that played international
rugby against England at the Kennington Oval in 1875. This game
is underway, and Inst playing towards the warmer Morrill end.
Looking to establish field position. Well disciplined Campbell pack has
made sure of the ball. Good kick taken in by Laurie. Research on all.
This is what Inst are good at. Strong pace. Almost got the float
away. -- the float. If they play with this kind of attitude we are in
for a cracking afternoon. Pace in both sides. Inst on this occasion
well fielded. Moved sweetly from the right-hand side to the left. Justin
Savage just forces the intercept. It came off a Campbell hand. But more
is very pacey. Well set up by the lower six scrum-half. Once again all
the pressure coming from the holders.
Set up for Dixon. Good strong run by the tight head prop. Inst get the
penalty. John Dixon very involved as the main photographer. O'Donnell set
it up. Nice sidestep. Good pressure by Inst. Yes, good pressure by Inst.
The Campbell number eight giving away the penalty. Inst will look to
soften up the Campbell pack around the edges. And unleashed this
potentially devastating backline. All he will be caring about our the
first points in this cup final. Yes, he's got right underneath it. Right
between the posts it goes. Good start for the holders. And we've
played less than three minutes. Just the start that Inst were looking
for. Never looked like it was going anywhere. Took them a long time
before they met in their first final in 1960. Of the 13 times they've
met, Campbell have had the edge. Winning seven. Couple of games have
been Though Donald pulled it in field a
little bit. Taken by Ben Webb. This is the big fellow himself, Tom
O'Toole. This time last year a member of the Queensland Academy.
Not allowing much in the way of room, once he gets up ahead of steam
he is very hard to stop. There goes go tool again.
Not a bad kick but straight into touch. Pragmatic approach from both
teams. Fantastic chase from Charlie Friars for Inst, making the
turnover. Tom O'Toole weighing a mere 115 kilograms. That's about 17
and a half or 18 stone. He is trimmed with it at the same time.
Taken well at the back by the number eight. Again they take it forward.
Back inside, great chance, this. He's got it away, and the past two
O'Donnell just couldn't quite be held by the scrum-half. That really
would have made it difficult to Campbell but they've got it away.
Good clearance. Fantastic tackle again. There is the ball inside
coming through. Just stripped the ball down. All the pressure and
possession with Inst. They have really started quickly. So close for
Rhys O'Donnell. Across the Campbell 22. It's been
all yellow and black so far. There is the switch to Joe Finnegan, who
played on the wing last year. Lost his footing but Inst still have
the impetus. They give away their first penalty. Give them a bit of
breathing space. Campbell looking slightly shell-shocked. No
possession, just defending inside their 22, just hanging on manfully.
Good clearance kick by Campbell. Coming up to seven minutes played,
3-0 to the holders. For their 31st out right wing.
That looked high, the referee has a hand-out. Touch judge indicated on
this side there was a high tackle. Wonderful break, awakens Jamie
Macartney. Inst's defensive line, I think they were waiting for the
penalty. They have got the penalty but I
think the referee will have a word with the Inst tackler who put in the
high one. James Hume on this occasion.
Super feat by Jamie Macartney. A good piece of officiating, there was
no malice in that, the referee sent to be saying to James Hume, keep it
down. He stepped back inside, a swinging
arm, good work by Jack Howard, whose dad I saw earlier.
Campbell have a useful line-out, but not if they lose the ball like that.
Good tackle by Callum Reid on Jack Barry-Glendinning.
Good defending by Inst. Invented by both teams, keeping the ball alive.
We are seeing depth, some nice running angles outside, Tom O Toole
standing in the first receiver position.
Good line-out by Inst, well away. Callum Reid has been named on the
Irish schools three Nations side. Another good kick by Rhys O'Donnell.
Good strike by the Inst's scrum-half whose dad Keith played here it the
losing side in 1980 against Campbell College. His dad played in a winning
side against Campbell College in the 40s.
Great steel by Inst, good work by Charlie Fryers.
Inst might have thought about releasing the speedy Mark Keane on
the left wing but they will be happy with that. Slick handling, good wits
on the past as well. At this stage they are happy to pay the possession
game, just get into the Campbell 22 and turned the screw. Quick ball,
Rhys O'Donnell has a beautiful pass on him as well.
Good challenge by Inst but Campbell have done a pretty good job
defending their line. That is well struck by Corrie. Good tackle by
Justin Savage. He has overcooked that one. Not much
in the way of a breeze down there. Michael Lowry, who played a year ago
as a fifth former, he has had injury problems this season. He is
tenacious, highly regarded by the academy system that Ulster have.
Good communication, one would have to say that is the first mistake
that Inst have made in these opening 15 minutes.
Good acceleration by O Toole, good strength and nice presentation as
well. Good continuity now by Campbell probably for the first
time. It has gone into touch, cup final nerves? Yes, in the last
minute they have both made simple errors, noticeable from Inst
whenever Campbell have the ball, not committing. First man making his
tackles, puts his opposite number to ground, and Inst don't compete, they
fan out. Campbell go looking for speed to unleash the backline. 45
minutes each way in schools would be so coming up to the halfway point in
this first half, Inst still in the lead.
No advantage to Campbell from the knock forward by Inst. The first
Campbell scrum of the afternoon, nearly 50 minutes gone. Lowry unable
to get that pass over his shoulder. Never before in the history of
schools rugby has a side completed what is known as the double double,
winning the Schools' Cup and medallion Shield competition in
successive years, Inst did that last it, they have retained the medallion
shield having kept it three years in a row, and now they are hoping to go
one better. Nobody has ever made it a double double, if we can call it
that. Campbell with the chance to make up
a bit of territory. Great covering tackle. Switch play, that is him
with the number four on his back, holders line, thesis which, picks up
James Hume inside. He bears a proud name, Nelson.
All of these guys are so well conditioned now, almost verging on
semiprofessional, even though they are still at school. They are
looking for these guys to appear potentially in an Ulster shirt in
the pre-5 years. James Nelson has appeared for the underage teens. He
is in lower fixed at Campbell. -- lower sixth.
Not the sort of ball from the line-out that most half-backs like
but he did his best, well tackled by Jamie Macartney from Campbell.
Again, the Campbell line-out, a bit of nonsense. What a charge by the
tight head prop, still another year of school, still in lower sixth.
Play-on, says the referee. Campbell will be ruined not able to get the
ball back quickly enough -- not being able to get.
Joseph Finnegan has plenty of time and has made a decent touch. Now in
the second half of the first half. Only 3-0 to Ulster, Campbell have
come back into it, it is fair to say. But the line-out play from both
teams have been scrappy. They have had the intent to throw to the back
of the line-out but the lack of accuracy for both in the throwing.
Ben Webb does well to get across the halfway line.
A rare mistake by La Roux. -- by Michael Lowry. Michael Lowry looking
to move across the pitch rather than taking it flat, but from a Campbell
perspective Tom O'Toole is definitely the go to man, carrying
ball, doing a lot of damage but sucking Gynt two or three defenders
at one time. Eventually that will take its toll. Good work at the
breakdown by Campbell. This is the younger of the Crowther
Brothers, Matthew, in lower sixth. John Crowther, the elder of the two,
his dad was a fine flanker in the day. Inst give away another penalty.
Inst committing a lot of offences at the breakdown. In this occasion,
nowhere near behind the back. We have seen Campbell go round the
corner, John Dickson trotting back, tries to kick it through, nowhere
near the back foot, and the referee in a perfect position. The
interesting option Campbell may have, it looks like it will be John
Crowther, the openside forward, who will be handed the duties 1st of
August afternoon. The last fellow wearing number seven I can remember
kicking goals was way back in the early 70s, John Taylor, who kicked a
monumental conversion at Murrayfield to give Wales a grand slam. That was
before your time, Tony! A fine player in his own regard.
From straight in front, directed between the Inst posts. Terrific
kick by John Crowther. After soaking up a lot of early Inst pressure,
Campbell have come back after 22 minutes of the first half at the
Kingspan Stadium. It is even, 3-3. A great strike by John Crowther, took
his time, kept his head down. Probably had a few more metres in
that as well. Campbell facing a very strong low spring sun.
That has gone straight into touch, that should not happen. Careless by
James Hume, I'm sure he knows that. The ball clipped the line, it is
out, that is what happened. There is the great Brian Francis
Robinson, former Ireland number eight, scored four tries against
Zimbabwe in the World Cup in 1991, a rare feat for a back row forward.
Finegan with lots of time and what a good reply. It is the sort of kick
that forwards like to see. Better as a forward if you have two initially
turned to go back after a kick to see your full-back picked it up and
kick it well over your head, more importantly getting it into touch.
It buys you a few seconds of respite.
Campbell took it to ground. Inst will get the put into the scrum.
Robinson will not be happy with that as a forward. Winning the line-out,
you need to transfer that to the back of the maul as quickly as you
can. Campbell will be disappointed with that. Put in for Inst. Against
Matthew Russell. Quick pick-up from the back. Nicely done. Good little
break. Presented it nicely. O'Donnell gets it away quickly.
Could support yet again by Charlie Friars. Lowry. Ben Webb has to run
and cover and does really well and gets it away. Terrific piece of
play. Hasn't found touch, but found Finnegan. We bit of room on the near
side. Inst kept it in play on the far
touchline. We thought they had, but the touch judge's flag is up.
Somebody in black and yellow in touch. Coming from left to right.
Mark King from the left wing making that incision. Putting pace onto it.
One-handed flick out the back door. Sensational play by these 17,
18-year-olds. Great skill level. Good take and drive. O'Donnell has
to dig it out himself. Good ground made by Inst. A little
overcomplicated, perhaps. Away goes Jack Hart, but he runs into the even
bigger James Hume. That's good work by John Crowther, the kicker of the
penalty. James Nelson met by Dixon. Good looping round by Ben Webb.
Justin Savage looking for a bit of work. The referee has told Inst to
release and they haven't and again they've been penalised at the
breakdown. I think he's going to have a wee word with the skipper
about the consistent nonsense going on at the breakdown. Think you
landed awkwardly on his shoulder. Couple of Inst guys down as the
water comes on. They are starting to get ragged around the edges. One,
two, three offenders hanging off him. Saps the energy of the
defenders seeing somebody of that size coming at you. Three or four
stone is a big weight advantage. Anxious times for John Dixon.
Terrific support for both these schools.
I used to like the chance from the Methodist College, when they said
you've got no girls are your school. Great support here from both
schools. In the family stand, if you know it, here. A cacophony and great
deal from both sets of fans. Credit to the schools. John Dixon seemed to
have a problem with his left leg. Don't think it is cramped, but it
might be his knee. Couple of useful prop forwards on the bench. Jake
Chambers been demoted because of progress made by Carol Reed.
He doesn't look too comfortable. Carries a lot of experience. One of
their leaders in the front. Captained the side a few times. He
is tackling, in your face. Sure he's not short of a word or two. Knowing
his father quite well, he's not short of a word or two, either. The
clock will start again, coming up to half an hour played, Honours even.
What a great competition it has been down the years. Great players have
raised this crown. Here come Campbell again, this is great stuff.
Chip and chase, this could be the opening try. Just cleared by Inst.
That was so close. Beautiful. The Campbell centre, loads of gaps down
the right side. Fence off my glory. Defended superbly, there.
Short and chunky but plenty of pace. Very nearly got to it. Because the
ball was in play when it was kicked that it will be a five metre scrum
to Campbell, the closest they have been to the Inst line. About half an
hour played. Crucial scrum, particularly with John Dixon
struggling a bit in terms of his fitness. Try scorer in the
semifinal. Low centre of gravity, very strong. If he can get across
five or six metres he will be more than happy. Campbell have dominated,
but now they have a great chance. Good squeeze in the scrum. Well
covered by the men in black and yellow. Here is the Campbell number
eight, taken around the ankles so he cannot move.
That's knocked forward. The referee playing advantage to Campbell, can
they take advantage? Again Inst have him by the ankles. Still therefore
Campbell. That's good defending in the middle of the park by Inst. But
they conceded a penalty. So what do you do here with half-time
approaching? Quite simply take the points. I think Patrick Beverley Mr
point on the play before that. Last defender inside the uprights.
Justin Savage was in acres of space. Unable to read the situation.
James Hume again. What a decision by the Campbell skipper, James Doyle.
Pops it into touch. His dad Charlie was the outside-half when Campbell
won the final in 1980. Richard Kennedy was the skipper. In the
front row was one Gordon Hamilton. Big line-out, this, for the Campbell
skipper. And it did not work out for them. What an awful pass by Inst.
Great chance now for Campbell. Wonderful tackle. What a terrific
piece of tackling by the left wing Mark King. Still Campbell have it.
Corrie has a little guard himself. Need somebody to play scrum-half.
Skipper James Doyle obliges. Keeping that black machine churning forward.
Bevel and again. Good pass. Here comes Howard. Inst may have stolen
that one again. The tackling from Inst is good, preventing the big
fellow from going forward. Here is Nelson. Campbell edging ever closer.
Looking for the first try of what has been a pulsating final here.
Play on, says the referee. Again Inst do not clear it particularly
well. All the way back was Ben Webb. He has got away. Good transfer to
Justin Savage, who can scamper a bit. They have managed to steal it.
Reese O'Donnell gets it away for the holders. That's a knock-on. I think
the sun in the eyes was responsible for that rather than a lack of
ability. A bit unfortunate for Jack Hart who knocked it forward. He's
had a good half as well. Two really tired sets of players out here. A
fast and frenetic opening 35mm. And look at that tackle. Driving his
opposite number into the ground and quickly back on his feet trying to
get the turnover. I always hope for three things in the schools cup
final, that nobody gets injured, that we have a great day out, and
that we see as many of these young men as possible carrying on with
rugby at whatever level after the schools cup final. A lot of these
young men have put a lot of time and effort into rugby. Different
situations can arise for tertiary education. The academy system Ulster
have in place is as good as anything out there. Player retention is
something they know is of paramount importance. What concerns me is that
they are not scooped up by the academy and go on to development,
don't play rugby for the fun of it. Some clubs are struggling to get
second and third teams. A little glimpse of Rory Scholes, cup winner
for Campbell five years ago. Heading off to Edinburgh next season. Just a
few seconds remaining the first half with no tries. Both sides had their
chances but couldn't quite take them. So a penalty apiece. James
Hume and Jack Crowther. Quick pick-up by Inst. This is better.
Half a chance here if this can be shifted. Needs to get it away and he
does. Spilled forward, though. That was Konta field. He missed the final
last year because of injury. Had a few injury problems. Lorry again,
threading the past. Jack Howard makes a good tackle. There's been no
lack of invention. 3-3 is hardly flattering scoreline the level of
rugby and the quality has been befitting of any final. This may
well be the last piece of this entertaining and energetic first
half, Campbell scrum. Bit of a squeeze by the holders. Back inside,
that's a charge down but it's going to go dead. That was something of a
chance. The referee has decided it is a 22 drop out. By our timing
device we have played more than a minute of the normal 35. I think the
referee has been told he is into extra time. Inst could have scored
quite easily. Very prosperous afternoon so far in the number seven
shirt for Inst. Good in the turnover and on that occasion putting good
pressure on the kick chase. That has gone to nobody in particular. Taken
in by Carol Reed who has had a quiet game by his own standards. Medallion
shield winner couple of years ago. We bit isolated. Charlie Friars
takes it forward into the Campbell half. Inst putting some width on it
and losing possession, that it went backwards. Good defending by
Campbell. Lowry has done terrifically well.
The ball has been stripped forward and Inst have got the penalty.
That's better, taking the ball flat, trying to commit some of the
opposition defenders. Perhaps in the first half he has been guilty of
sliding across the pitch to easily. Some utterly unforced errors. In the
last 15 to 20 minutes he has been full of inventiveness. Keeping the
backline very honest. The Inst skipper has asked his goal-kicking
centre James Hume to try to give Inst the half-time lead. Bit of
attention being given to Carol Reed, I think he will be fine.
Done really well to survive a couple of nasty bangs.
This for a half-time lead. He has given that a fair belt. Needs to
come in. What a kick. He got it right when it mattered most, at the
end of the first half of the schools cup final. He has given his side the
lead, just by three points, but that will give them a real Philip. Beast
of a kick by James Hume. I am sure Ian Humphreys will have plenty to
say about that. Great first half of rugby with both teams showing plenty
of invention. STUDIO: That's the best 6-3 I have seen in quite a
while. Have we got our money 's worth? As you said, 6-3 does not
reflect how good a game it has been. Both teams have shown plenty of
ambition but been unfortunate with the final pass. They are both trying
to throw it about. They have been showing their skills with nice
off-loads, hopefully the same in the second half. Have you been
impressed? We have seen some good play, particularly from Inst.
Campbell have been building through the phases nicely. This was one of
many carries. Unfortunately there has also been a lot of soft errors.
There we are seeing one of them. All in all a lot of positive rugby being
played. Not many tight head is art that
mobile and involved? No, he is a big fella! Another good break there,
just a shame it could not be finished off, the story of the half.
But O2 has carried well and the Inst defence have been sucked in by him.
There have been a few mistakes but a lot of good defence, both teams will
be happy with how they have defended, just disappointed with the
couple of mistakes they might not have made on a different occasion.
If either team can get rid of those small errors they could go on and
score a few tries here because we have seen ambition and enterprise.
Campbell had a decent opening about five minutes from the end of the
half. Yes, we had a similar move at Ulster, just an over read there. A
great option to chip in, a fantastic run across, great play all round.
That is what you want to see on days like today. They were unlucky not to
finish it but it was great ambition and good pigeon from the centre to
put the kick through. The inside pass was covered well. Two back Bill
with us today but set piece in schools rugby is always a big
factor. It is, Inst have been good of first and second phase.
Unfortunately here for Campbell the line-out went awry.
They have been unlucky, it has been good defence by Inst. If they can
sort that out in the second part I'm sure they can make in dent into the
defence. Is it a game that is calling for a cool head, maybe even
at half-time the coaches having a quiet word? I have seen Campbell go
to the five or six man line-out using a tall. We might see more of
that in the second half. As I said before the game, Campbell have had a
successful line-out all year, they have executed many in training. They
have got to get their head around the fact there are a few people here
watching the game. As ten, does the game need someone to dictate the
pace? I think it is a case of, towards the end of the line they
were attacking well, getting space. I think if they can manage the game
well they will win it. Have you been impressed with the skill level?
Absolutely, apart from a couple of small errors, we have seen some
incredible off-loads, particularly from a couple of Inst backs, some
lovely play and hopefully more to come in the second half. The boys
have been impressed, I wonder about the Ulster director of rugby.
What did you make of that first half? I'm loving it. Some
interesting happenings. The line-out under pressure for Campbell, they
are fighting hard. Some lovely breaks but great defensive play by
the 11 and 12. Inst have made nice inroads but have not been clinical
enough to take the points. Worthy of a final. What sort of platform is
the schools cup Finals for these lads to impress people in the Ulster
management structure? It is massive, we want to improve this area of the
game so that we can target players to come forward into the systems and
what we are seeing today is indicative of what we are after,
good "A great day, seeing some talent. With your Australian hat on,
how is this competition beauty in the outside world? In every major
rugby area deep schools competition is important. In Sydney similar
crowds come to a competition like this. I'm glad the weather is like
this today, and that we are seeing two teams that are willing to back
their skill sets. Still in the balance, 6-4 it, it will be
interesting. There is an Australian line-out on the pitch today, what
have you made off in safe? Tom is doing well, he has made some good
surges. If they get the line-out right Campbell can be back tonight
but the backline of Inst have thrown some nice plays in there. It is
going to go down to the wire. Thank you for your time. Back to you. Good
to see the Ulster director of rugby here. How important is it that
Ulster are generating young players? We have said before, they cannot
keep buying World Cup winning players, it starts at 15, 16, and we
have seen plenty of talent on show today. Players don't have to be the
finished article at the stage, they have to have areas of skill they can
develop, and if they showed those skills today they could get into an
academy and the world is their oyster. Thank you very much, I think
the boys are ready, let's join our commentary team of Tony McWhirter
and Jim Neilly. Come on label it will be the
Campbell centre Nicolai Koplewsky who will get this underway. His dad
played for Stade Francais, if my reckoning is right, and got a B
international cap. Blair Robinson has come on for
Pierce McLernon. In Steve Waight the first penalty.
-- Inst give away the first penalty. Nick Campbell will feel if he can
sort out the set piece which malfunctioned badly in the first
half they certainly will have another opportunity in the second
half to potentially win this game. From a Inst perspective, it is clear
to see what their game plan will be, they will try to stretch Campbell
and look to unlock their defence with quick outside backs. Consider
that we haven't mentioned Conor Field in the first half, he has bags
of place and potential, he will look to get himself involved a bit more.
John Dickson puts in south into a strong tackle. -- puts himself.
Jack Barry-Glendinning, well set up by Campbell's number eight. James
Boyle making inroads into the Inst defence, which has been pretty solid
so far. That was rather unfortunate for
Malcolm Corry. Mixed feelings in the Corry household because his dad is a
member of the Inst Board of Governors. He is supporting his son
this afternoon, you would not blame him. Surgeon by profession so if you
need to have your need done he will do it for you in the blink of an
eye! There have not been many scrums in this game, which is pretty
indicative of the skills level and the interned by both teams.
Inst get it back to loosehead prop Callum Reid. Off the bench in the
final last year. Away goes the Inst skipper Conor Field.
Clever by Ben Webb, he saw a bit of space, here goes Justin Savage and
again Inst's defence is good. Bob tool in there quickly. -- Tom Hoge
tool. Again, Justin Savage trying to create mayhem in the middle of the
park. This is better by the men in Black.
Good switch by Martin Corrie. -- Malcolm Corry.
Beverland has a go, this is good stuff, here comes Ben Webb, looking
for the first try. Campbell pressing as they did in the first half, to
Riddick start to the second half will stop -- terrific start to the
second half. A real chance here if they can shift
this, it has to go. Good recovery by Inst. A genuine chance there, well
read by Inst. Inst's defence was struggling there, they were trying
to plug the holes very quickly, Campbell getting repeat possession,
stretching the pitch from side to side. Good defence by Inst.
Inst seems to have enough defenders in the right place at the right
time. It has been a great start to the second half by Campbell, they
have asked a lot of questions. The referee having a word with the Inst
captain. REFEREE: We have had a couple of
incidents of foul play with your site, the next may go for impaired
and is. Being told there will not be a penalty this time, a bit of foul
play there. -- may go for an impediment. The referee had played
an advantage and Inst will get a line-out. It was John Dickson who
invoked the tackle. Inst warming up another replacement.
Not a good time or place to be losing your own line-out. Tom
O'Toole, headgear firmly back on his head.
Numbers one and three in black have been outstanding, here is number
three. Good footwork. Martin Corrie again -- Malcolm Corry again. Surely
Campbell will benefit from this? Tom oh tall pile them. Jack
Barry-Glendinning, what a wonderful tackle by instant -- Tom O'Toole
piles in. Wave after wave of black attack.
A chance now, this could be it, Campbell are going to get it, no,
they are not, terrific tackle. Inst have somehow kept their line intact
and have somehow managed to get a defensive scrum. How many times have
we mentioned this afternoon in terms of scrambled defence. Just does
enough, more importantly stays on his feet. Inst really hanging on
here. Replacement in the front row, Corrie Barrett is going to be coming
on, John Dickson, who has battled and weathered a few injuries, goes
off. On comes number 18, Corrie Barrett. John Dickson will have to
sit and wait and see to see if you will get a second successive schools
cup winners medal, unless of course something happens and he has to come
back on again. It will be interesting to see how the coaches
decide to use the bench. There has been plenty of open play, I'm sure
there will be lots of guys out there who are tired. Guys will pick up
cramp and potentially injury in the second half. It could be the
substitutes and the strength of the bench that decide the outcome of the
game. Campbell making a replacement in the front row. John McKee is
coming on, the Campbell tight head prop.
They said the tight head prop is now the cornerstone of the crumb. Inst
have got that away. That is called a good exit strategy,
I believe. Outside centre coming in a short line, beat the first
defender. Beautiful. Inst have made another change, flanked at Yasser
Omar, only a lower sixth, has come on for Charles Cloke, who was
struggling a little bit. That was not backwards. A big gap
opened up but there was some obstruction in the middle. Inst will
be relieved to get a penalty. Perhaps just miss read, don't think
he did too much wrong. My glory Reddit and peeled off in quite
simply, but the intent was there. Bolster schools under 17 and under
18, and he has been selected for the Irish schools under 18 for the
forthcoming championship. Here is Niall Salters, whose grandfather
John was instrumental in funding the lights here. Inst have gone through.
Campbell have secured it. Looking for something to chase. Not a bad
kick. Very clumsy by Inst. Playing with a
degree of anxiety at the moment. Taking their right off the ball. It
was the right call. Clever box-kick. Inst had a two or three man
advantage. Taking his eyes off it and Campbell pick-up in midfield
scrum with options aplenty. Eight minutes played in the second half.
Still 6-3 but under pressure. Better scrum on the back foot. Got it away
well. Into contact. Barry Glendinning. Wonderful tackle by
Inst. Four men outside him. For the first time his call was not the
right one in terms of passing. Oh, Cory has made a break. And again
Inst need to be good at the tackling. Campbell get on the front
foot. Ben Webb into the line. Inst have stolen that. They have done it
illegally, it would seem. The penalty count against Inst is
getting very high. The referee has had a word with the young skipper
Conor Field about that and may well think about going to the pocket. He
doesn't want to but he may be left with no choice. Persistent
infringement, no matter what game, the yellow card will come
eventually. He reads him and get on the blindside of him. Campbell are
getting the first man over the ball. Campbell have got their foot on the
gas, on the front foot as well. Inst are struggling for inspiration.
Campbell have decided their skipper James Boyle has asked his flanker to
kick a penalty in the first half to bring the sides back on level terms.
Played about nine minutes in the second half.
Tough enough kick, and the angle is pretty narrow. Well it looked as if
it was going out then it looked as though it was going in, and it
didn't fall between the two. It went to the far side of the posts as John
Crowther was kicking. Somehow Inst have survived a lot of Campbell
pressure and it stays at 6-3 for the holders. 15 minutes gone in the
second half and Inst taking their time, trying to get the game plan
back in operation. Clearing the lines well. Inst will be looking for
a good kick chase. He has put that long and put it directly into touch,
and that's the second time James Hume has done that. Well may he hang
his head, but he shouldn't do that. One hastens to say a schoolboy
error, but it was. Given the circumstances, straight up the
middle of the park would do nicely. One of those nothing kicks, not long
enough to cause any problems, not short enough to catch. Not sure what
sort of kick he thought he was doing. They will not be happy. They
may well be bathed in sunshine and leading but they will not be too
happy. It was attired kick. They are rocking. Nicely away.
Taken above his head by O2. Nicely done.
A little readjustment. It is still in play.
Defending well. Campbell thundering in. Rhys O'Donnell has come away
with it for Inst. Nobody on this nearside. The kick is charged down.
James Hume is having a bit of an afternoon to forget. He is
struggling in the second half. Campbell are on the front foot,
everything is going their way bar the points on the board. The tackle
by young Mike Laurie on Tom O'Toole, absolutely flattened him. Campbell
applying all the pressure. Hoping to emulate his dad, the much loved
Charlie, schools cup winner. Hard to believe it is 36 years ago since he
and Gordie Hamilton played in the team captained by Richard Kennedy.
That was 3-0. Not much difference between them here actually. That was
an awful day, if I remember. This is the point in the match we have seen
over the last few years, 15 or 20 minutes to go, a big occasion for
these young men, lots of nervous energy spent before the game starts.
What we tend to find in the second half is a degree of injuries and
cramps. Any space that can be attacked can be a real source for
the opposition. Unfortunately for Campbell James Nelson their second
row forward is going off. He is replaced by number 20, Tom Brady.
Nelson has had a good game, out of touch, carrying the ball. A tower of
strength in the cab or pack this afternoon. And he is a lower sixth,
so he has another year to play. Little bit of running repairs for
Rhys O'Donnell. What a glorious afternoon it has
been, here. Rhys O'Donnell on the Ireland under 18 squad with Johnny
Stuart from Wallace high school. Brilliant to see Ulster having two
quality scrum-half 's being represented at such a high level.
Malcolm Corry is in the Ulster under 20 squad as well so he is a useful
player as well. Still getting some treatment. Plenty of supporters from
all ages. Two draws between the sides in the 13 previous encounters
came in 1954 and a way back in 1960 when Robin Hope from Campbell and
the great John burst from Inst shared the trophy. Campbell had the
distinction of having Freddie Cray, schools cup winning captain way back
in the early 60s, and Michael Gibson, has opposing captains in the
varsity game, Oxford and Cambridge. Only time in the history of that
particular fixture that it has happened with players from opposing
schools. Campbell Pozo scrum. It has been all Campbell in the
second half but nothing to show for it, will that change?
Campbell need to get in quickly and recycle, they have done. This is the
replacement, Tom Brady. Fresh legs. Off-loaded to John McKee. Campbell
rumbling forward. James Boyle, the captain. Well tackled by Inst. That
was silly from a Inst player, about to put his foot in. All it needs is
one missed tackle. And Campbell are in for the game's first try. Their
discipline has been terrific. Particularly in the second half. And
they give away a penalty. Charlie Frye. Campbell just going back to
type a little bit. Looking for one-off runners. In some ways that
is easy to defend. Over the ball very quickly. Campbell able to get
him out of there. Once again good communication from the referee this
afternoon. The game has flowed for players on both sides. Makes the
game in awful lot easier. Huge amount of pressure on these boys.
There was some doubt about the fitness of Nicolai Koplewsky for
this final but he has come through pretty well. That might be the
Campbell skipper who is down injured. James Doyle, no relation to
the Dail who played number eight in the 1960s. This is the cramping
situation we have talked about. It has become more evident. The game
loses its ebb and flow. What has been a fantastic opening 54 minutes,
the game just loses a little momentum and tempo as these injuries
start to pop up. Both schools have got strength and conditioning
coaches, isn't that extraordinary? Just another name for PE teacher, is
it not? Know, these are not PE teachers, they are employed as
strength and conditioning coaches. They've got directors of rugby as
well. It has been apparent from Ulster intends of the academy setup,
lots of development officers going out to the schools and doing some
coaching and giving their knowledge and time. Subsequently what we are
starting to see is the fulfilment of that product on the pitch for both
these teams and many other Ulster schools. Not sure how much longer
James Doyle will be able to keep going. He's going to give it a go.
Got a nasty bit of cramp, there. It's going to be cleared by Inst.
Still no decision yet, can't see anybody warming up on the far side.
If he is not OK there is no point in him continuing and he is not OK. And
that's rather sad, to see anybody leave the field. I think that has to
be the right call, he is struggling to walk never mind run. For the good
of his team and school he has done the honourable thing and decided he
cannot continue. Said Josh Campbell is on and it will be James Hume for
Inst to clear. Josh Chambers, I should say. They have their own
line-out put in, chance to get some possession, potentially. Still
inside their own half, though. If it stays like this they will be quite
ecstatic. Can Inst thunder forward from here? Vote on the narrow side
has another go himself. Counter integral by Tom O'Toole.
They need a scrum-half, there is nobody there at the moment. That's
pretty hopeless at the breakdown by Inst. There was nobody there to pick
up that ball. But they have regained possession. Callum read with the
handoff. Good defending by Tom Brady. Humour.
Set up perfectly for Ben Webb, and away goes Campbell's full-back. Good
linkup with John Crowther, the openside flanker. Good inside pass
by Glendinning. Not a good pass but well gathered in. That's a good
kick. Well taken by Jack Howard. Campbell get the penalty. I think
Inst might have a man in the bin, here. The referee by his own
demeanour is not very happy about something. We will have to wait and
see. There are bodies all over the place. I think it is all just cramp.
You wonder what it is about this Ravenhill pitched that schoolboys
can't play on. Certainly a bit of an issue. Mark Keane takes it. Uses the
touchline, but the ball inside. Great cover by Jack Howard on the
left wing. Maybe a bit of a head collision. Don't think there was too
much intent. Picked up the ball, looking to go to ground. Somebody
has been yellow carded. Not quite sure who it is. It may be a salt is.
We will have to wait and see. So many players down with clap, it
was reminiscent of Cheltenham this week -- down with cramp. Was it a
high tackle? I don't know what the yellow card was for, there was
nothing wrong with the tackle on the Campbell defender. Going over to his
other touch judge. I'm at a loss as to why anybody might be carded.
Destined to be having a discussion. I don't think anybody is going to
the bin yet but the referee is taking his time. Mark Keane is going
to go to the bin. Let's hear what he has to say.
REFEREE: Yellow card. He said it was a high tackle? I would like to have
another look at that. Only 15 minutes remaining, Inst down to 14
man, one player gone because of cramp, Mark Keane after the bin. It
has all been very stop start after half-time. I don't think there was
anything wrong with that. Jack Hart has done well -- Jack Howard. I
don't think there was any intent there. Fair play to Jack Howard,
back on his feet, has not made a meal of it. Mark Keane coming
inside, Howard comes across, picks the ball up. I don't think that is a
high tackle. Nothing in that whatsoever. Inst have a player down
on the far side getting a bit of a bandage around his head, I think it
is the outside-half Michael Lowry. Still 6-4 recon as it was at the
interval. Campbell looking the more likely to cross the opposition line.
-- Inst give away another penalty at
the breakdown, Lowry takes it quickly. Another Inst player down
with cramp. Koplewsky. Surely Campbell must take advantage. Inst
down to 14 men are another injured. Inst really digging in, defending as
hard as they can go. Here is a man who could cause Inst
problems. Campbell have meant out wide. Jamie Macartney, the flanker,
goes straight. Inst in quickly with the tackle.
Joseph Finnegan put in a very good tackle and the ball was knocked
forward by him but I thought Inst might be penalised, but just as
Granta Campbell. Campbell looking the more likely to win the game.
Yes, they are applying pressure. Young Martin Corrie took the wrong
decision there, -- Malcolm Corry. Inst with a man in the bin and
another man down receiving treatment. The space was all down
the Campbell left hand flank but credit where it is due to Inst, they
picked up the tackles but one would say although Campbell are behind in
the scoreline one could only see the next points coming from the team in
black. It might be Charlie Fryers, the Inst brined side flanker --
blindside flanker who is down injured. A lovely day here at the
stadium, last year was pretty good, Inst just about came through that
one and no more, they will have to find something special to keep
Campbell at bay, because the boys from Belfast are impressing. Another
cramp victim. I cannot see them going to much further. He looks in a
lot of bother there. Inst have brought on their second two Mane
back row forwards already, I'm not sure who Inst would bring on to play
if they lose this man. They have to make a decision soon, they cannot
leave him lying there for the rest of the game. He seems to be in a lot
of pain. It has to be grump, if it was anything else they would have
taken him off. If it is hamstring cramp, it is one of the worst out
there. I feel his pain! A lot of old boys from both schools here, it has
brought them out in their droves. Looking back down the years, some
great players from both schools have played in Schools' Cup Finals and
gone on to play for Ireland. Jimmy McKelvie, Jonathan Moffat, Brian
Marshall, Mike Gibson. More recently, Gordon Hamilton and
Paddy Wallace. And Inst have a great heritage in terms of producing Irish
rugby internationals, no fewer than 85 have played for Ireland, 13
British and Irish Lions including Robbie Thompson and Sammy Walker.
Inst making another replacement. Charles Cloke coming back on again.
Looks like it. Off goes Charlie Fryers, on comes Charles Cloke.
Should Inst win this, I don't think he would get two medals. It is
unfortunate, that looks rather nasty. The clock. Again. 12.5
minutes of normal time remaining, Inst handing on that 6-3 lead that
they enjoyed at the end of the first half -- the clock will start again.
The referee is just checking the substitutions here. We know Charles
Cloke went off in the first half and will potentially come back on. The
assistant touch judge on the far side drawing the referee's attention
to this. REFEREE: You cannot do that, you
must go off. Once it is done, it is done. They are telling him that he
cannot come on. He will check the nature of the injury. He may get a
bit of clarification. All kinds of controversy, it could be going on
tomorrow! He went off as a replacement, another player is down
with injury so he has gone off and I'm going to bring this guy back on,
tactical substitute. I can't have him once he has been tactically
substituted. You are happy enough? Something confusing about the finer
points of it all. Charles Cloke is not going to be allowed to come on
to replace his injured back row colleague Charlie Fryers. I think
that is fair enough. If there had been blood involved I could see the
reason. And it was a front row forward, of course, but he cannot
come back on when he has been substituted tactically. Subsequently
the refereeing team have done well to pick that up as well only on
before it has become a situation, because if he had been allowed to
stay on the pitch and Inst had won this it would have been a bone of
contention. Inst are bringing gone a replacement. More of that in a
second. They have lost two of the back row
forwards, they have lost both flanker is now. I Campbell scrum,
surely Campbell have the chance. A quicker ball by Campbell, which is
what they need. Terrific defending from Inst, Rhys O'Donnell should
have got that away. Campbell have swallowed up the Inst scrum half and
Inst give away another penalty. I don't think I have seen a higher
penalty count against any side in the Schools' Cup Finals for quite a
while. A big chance there, Rhys O'Donnell, after the initial
turnover by Inst just to clear his lines. The second half, that it is
-- that is what it has been about four Inst. It has been all Campbell,
get they have had the inability to put any point on the board.
Do you think it says more about the lack of place kicking than the
line-out ability? Maybe, I think it does. We said the last scrum was a
crucial set piece, this is an even more crucial set piece for Campbell.
Jamie Clarke, replacement prop, to throw. Inst have managed to squeeze
them into touch. That short ball to the front is the easiest to defend
against because once you catch it they have only got five metres to go
to touch. We talked about that at half-time, it happened in the first
half, in the second half -- in the second half they have gone short but
Inst have defended well. As soon as a man hits the ground they run it
into touch. Neal Foulds is has not put too many target men. An awful,
awful throw down in the scrum half, Inst have given away a penalty. Rhys
O'Donnell could do nothing with that awful ball.
The referee having a good look, they are not quite over the line yet.
Inst get the scrum and somehow, yet again, Inst keep Campbell out. The
important thing from a Campbell perspective, there is still ten
minutes to play. Inst are playing as if the next whistle is the final
whistle. Malcolm Corry, who took a quick penalty on this occasion, Inst
depended with tremendous commitment and drive. The team in yellow and
black once again keeping Campbell out. Inst still playing with 14 men.
Mark Keane, the winger, is in the bin.
That goes into touch and the pressure, albeit momentarily, is off
Inst. Inst looking now to wind down the clock, which is difficult with
14 men and with ten minutes still on the clock. They have to contain them
until they can at least get parity backwards numbers. Can Rhys
O'Donnell be a Schools' Cup winner like his grandpa, Des? Or will he be
a Schools' Cup runner-up like his father, Keith? That was not
straight, not the time to be throwing the ball like that. Perhaps
the loss of Campbell's Captain James Boyle is coming to bear a little bit
as well. On these days, experience can be everything. Inst now back for
the last little period of this game, back to 14 men. Mark Keane, who we
thought was sin-binned somewhat harshly, is back on, so the holders
of the 14 men. They have hardly been outside their own 22, never mind
their own half, since the second half of this game began. James Hume
sitting into outside-half for Inst. Campbell back to just outside the
Inst 22. They have taken both prop forward out of the Campbell
line-out. Russell and Tom O Toole in the middle of the park. Wonderful
tackling there by Inst. A heck of a tackle by Young Yasser
Omar there! Right underneath the knees, stops him at source.
Tremendous commitment. Great technique and even better
determination from the Inst replacement. He is just in the lower
sixth, and member of the medallion winning team a couple of years ago.
Inst still within touching distance of that first ever Schools' Cup and
medallion double double, two years in a row.
Campbell is starting to wind things up but can they finish it off?
Again, Inst hold it up. That should have been given, there
were three men outside Patrick Beverland.
How would trying to create a bit of a gap. -- Jack Howard. Plenty of
wits in that one, where is it going to go? This could be the clincher!
He is going to score, it is all the wafer Inst, and the holders might
just have snatched another victory from nothing whatsoever! Can you
believe it?! Inst had no ball in this second half, Campbell again
showing that little bit of desperation to pass. James Hume has
done some great things in this game of rugby, he has also made some
mistakes, but big players in the right place at the right time. He
showed plenty of pace and good attributes to go 50, 60 metres
underneath the Campbell post. The revelry is having a little work with
-- a little word with Mark Keane, who is still unhappy about being
sin-binned. Jack Hume had plenty of strength, he thought about the past
but he didn't need to pass, and he has scampered in for what could be
the conclusive try, although we still have a fair bit to go.
Campbell just couldn't get to him. And the referee has blown the
whistle and it is all over, it seems a bit on the early side by my
reckoning! I thought there was a fair old brick to play, I'm amazed
the whistle has gone so early, but it doesn't really matter as far as
Inst are concerned. They have won this Schools' Cup. I don't know what
else Campbell could have done today. Potentially they turned down two or
three opportunities but take nothing away from the team in gold and
black. They have been superb, great first half showing plenty of
invention in the second, they really held on. Great determination
defensively. Such will and desire, last effort tackling. James Hume
going the length, 50, 60 metres at the end, to win that the Inst. A
great final and a great spectacle by both teams. Fantastic commitment and
level of skill, no shortage of skill from both teams.
The second half was poor by any standard. A lot of injury, a lot of
chances not taken. One single chance in the second half and, my word,
they took it when James Hughton scooped it up and have the pace,
strength and sheer determination to get across between the Campbell
posts. No conversion but it didn't matter. We can go and speak to the
victorious Inst captain. You have completed the double, how does it
feel? Indescribable. I cannot describe this feeling. I'm so proud
of them. Fair play to Campbell, that was an unbelievable amount of
pressure. We really felt it coming. But we defended strong. After the
yellow card, did you feel like the game was getting away from you? I
knew we would have to work a bit harder. But that wasn't a problem
for us. The last-minute try, what was it like seeing that from the
other half of the pitch? Absolutely amazing. My heart goes out to the
Campbell lads, I know how much that would have meant to them. This man
here was the try scorer. How did it feel touching down? It was amazing.
Thoroughly enjoyed the game. Quite a turn of pace you have. I didn't even
know I had it. Turned out for the best. To complete the double is a
special occasion, how does it feel? Amazing. Last year, but it is
something else to do it this year. Over to your coach, Dan. The 140th
schools cup, two years in a row, how special is it? Listen, I am starting
to look old and I feel a lot older. That was a hell of the second half.
Campbell threw absolutely everything at us. I wasn't sure if we have the
resilience to defend as well as we did in the second half. Everything
was going their way. They played really well in the second half. But
we kept getting up and making those tackles. Pretty special to win it,
and as tight as that. What did you make of the yellow card? I'll have a
chat with Stuart afterwards about it. I don't know, it was a high
tackle I think. We will worry about that later. This man was so
influential in the winning try, how did it feel when it touched down?
Unreal. He latched onto the ball and got into a bit of space. I was
roaring, I was out of my seat. So yeah, look, I'm delighted for the
guys. And for James with his goal-kicking, he has worked really
hard on his goal-kicking. He made all three shots at goal which was
pretty crucial. Go and enjoy the celebrations. A very exhausted but
delighted Daniel Soper who came to RBAI from Ballyclare high school,
where he had done a particularly good job. What a season it has been,
retaining the schools cup and the medallion shield, winning the second
15 and third 15 Trophy. It's been more less a clean for the boys from
College Square East in the middle of Belfast. Bobby Stuart is saying a
few well chosen words, and the medals will be presented by Dorothy
Kingston, wife of Kevin Kingston, the chief executive of the sponsors.
It has been a terrific first half, and I guess for various reasons the
second half was not as good but you will not get a more dramatic finish.
And your heart goes out to Campbell College. In the second half they
could not have done much more. One thing that did not help them was the
nature of the game, lack of tempo. Campbell threw everything at them.
You have to take your hat off to Inst in terms of the last-ditch
defence, trust in each other. That's something they put together through
a lot of these guys over the years and the belief in which their
coaching staff hold them. They didn't panic, they made some
substitutions. I can count the number of tackles, they gave away an
inordinate number of penalties, but you can count the number of tackles
missed by Inst on one hand. Very much so, technically superb. Young
Yasser Omar and his tackle two or three minutes before the end, Tom
O'Toole was outstanding for Campbell College. Blatant disregard for
himself and just threw himself in there, giving everything for his
school and his team-mates. The rather sad looking, not
surprisingly, boys from Campbell College, who thought this might be
their year. Defeated last time out in 2011. A very close game.
Certainly in terms of finals against RBAI, it is now 7-5 and two drawn.
But they have a fair old number back for next year. They will get
together and be ready for yet another schools cup campaign. So we
will get the presentation of the medals for the winners first of all,
and then that all-important Trophy which Inst first won away back in
1888. In their fifth attempt. They have produced a remarkable
season, winning not just the cup but the medallion shield for the second
year in a row. Something no other school has ever done. I suppose one
person who wishes she were here is the school principal Janet
Williamson who is over in Melbourne on Churchill scholarship. Not a bad
place to play rugby and certainly not a bad place to visit. So the
Inst skipper who unfortunately missed it last year, the final, will
collect the schools cup this year. He's just guiding some of his
players through, the team and replacements coming through to get
their winners medals. Something they will treasure for ever and ever. We
hope to see some of them playing rugby at all sorts of levels.
Important for them and just for their social life as well that they
keep playing this game which means so much to so many of them, and has
done to so many generations of boys who have worn black and yellow. A
few words coming up from the skipper. Needless to say he will
thank the very gallant opposition. Absolutely. Nice to see Campbell
standing and watching and saluting the Inst team. Nothing more than you
would expect from the Campbell boys. To their credit they are staying
out. And here it is. Valerie Stuart Hine is over the oldest rugby trophy
in Ireland and the second oldest in the world. And for the second year
in a row it is the captain of RBAI lifting the Ulster schools cup.
Memories and photographs to be kept forever and ever. There are plenty
of old ones around, I have seen some that go back generations, and they
will be very happy. They were made to sweat for it by a Campbell side
that pushed all the way through the second half. Inst held on and right
at the end the breakaway try from centre James Hume gave Inst the
victory. So Inst, in their 56 final, have won the cup for the 13th time.
Eight double 44 a day they will never forget. We
have seen the whole spectrum of emotion out there this afternoon. I
am absolutely delighted for Dan Soper. I remember doing extras at
lunchtime with him when I was in fifth for many years ago. Shows you
how long he has been coaching. What a fantastic job he is doing at Inst.
Seem to be dominating all the age grades and charities. They were
successful when he arrived but they are absolutely dominating and I am
delighted for them. Came down to a breakaway try right at the death.
Yes, the second half Campbell had been dominating with all the
possession and territory. Here it is. James Hume showed good turn of
pace, he had the winger in support and realised he might as well run it
in. Three out of three kicks proved crucial. The advantage was massive.
In these big games having that lead, quick penalties proved vital. Some
stoppages in that second-half purely because of the pace. Yes, and I
think credit has to go to Inst. Campbell dominated large chunks of
the game. The line-out faulted a little. It didn't matter in the end
because they got more than three ahead. That try came from wave and
wave and wave of Inst defence. Campbell tried a long pass that was
not really on, the ball found a bit of grass and went straight up in the
air. It came from 20 or 30 minutes of solid defence before that. The
great joy of schools rugby, commitment on both sides. Yes, they
were throwing themselves in the tackles, especially down to 14 men,
their defence was exceptional. They were throwing everything at it, and
everything Campbell tried to throw at Inst, they repelled it. Very good
and enthusiastic, and you saw how much it meant to them, they were all
excited. Good to have Ulster rugby in safe hands? I think so. Plenty of
talent on show. Don't think they're right in the finished article is at
this stage but they don't have to be at that age, they just need to show
potential. Plenty of rugby to come here on BBC sport.
Thanks to my guests this afternoon. Inst add their name to the long list
of schools cup winners. A day both sets of players will never forget
and that is why we love it. From everybody here, goodbye.
BBC Sport Northern Ireland broadcasts coverage of the MacRory Cup and Schools' Cup finals. Thomas Niblock presents the gaelic football decider from the Athletic Grounds in Armagh where St Paul's Bessbrook face St Pat's Maghera. Austin O'Callaghan will be on commentary duty. Then attention switches to the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast as RBAI take on Campbell College in rugby's Schools' Cup final. Presented by Gavin Andrews with commentary from Jim Neilly and European Cup winner Tony McWhirter.