Thursday 14 December 2017

Inst make it three in a row

RBAI 12 Methodist College 8

Callum Reid of RBAI makes a break through the Methody defence. Photo: Sportsfile
Callum Reid of RBAI makes a break through the Methody defence. Photo: Sportsfile

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Inst recorded a hat-trick of Ulster Schools Cup wins for the first time in 70 years with a narrow victory at Kingspan Stadium.

Inst took the lead on 15 minutes when scrum-half Rhys O'Donnell dived over in the corner, with James Hume adding the conversion. Then second row David McCann went over from a rolling maul.

Michael Lowry of RBAI makes a break through the Methody defence during the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Senior Cup Final match between RBAI and Methody at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile
Michael Lowry of RBAI makes a break through the Methody defence during the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Senior Cup Final match between RBAI and Methody at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile

Methody came back, and a penalty just before half-time led to a lineout from which Chris Larmour dived over.

Inst lost captain and out-half Michael Lowry, playing in his third final, to a knee injury following a try-saving tackle. Paul Kerr added a penalty for Methody, who dominated the closing stages but couldn't get over the line.

RBAI - C Reid, N Saulters, M Nelson, D Wallace, D McCann, P Finegan, Y Omar, C Cloke, R O'Donnell, M Lowry (C), N Armstrong, D Lyttle, J Hume, Z Davidson, J Finnegan. Reps: C McCormick, P McLernon, E Sloan, B Gribben, E Field, A Adair, R McIlveen, S Fryers .
Methodist College - D Morelli, J Trainor, B Crangle, J Bingham, H Gibbons, C Kelly, M Loane (c), T Gallagher, J Jordan, T Armstrong, C Larmour, P Kerr, J McConnell, E McIlroy, K Doherty. Reps: C Conn, E Gentry, C Fletcher, K McNaboe, C Kelly, M Neill, L Millar, L Lowry.
Ref - O Quinn

The RBAI players celebrate after the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Senior Cup Final match between RBAI and Methody at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile
The RBAI players celebrate after the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Senior Cup Final match between RBAI and Methody at Kingspan Stadium in Belfast. Photo by John Dickson/Sportsfile

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