Methody graduate to Schools' Cup final

Methodist College 17-12 Wallace High
Published Tuesday, 04 March 2014
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Methodist College escaped The Dub Arena with a 17-12 win over Wallace High School to book a place in the Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final.

Methody graduate to Schools' Cup final
Methody will play either Coleraine or Sullivan Upper in the final. (© Dickson Digital)

Despite a dominant performance from the Lisburn side it was Methody who took the spoils through a try snatched in the dying moments of the game.

Kicking from Josh Bingham coupled with tries from captain Michael Lagan and Steven Weir helped the defending champions book a place in this month's final.

Methody struggled for most of the first half to get a hold in the game and Wallace were more than content to keep the Belfast boys pinned in their own 22.

After a scoreless first quarter, it was an impressive sidestep from Ryan Branagh which opened the Methody defence up and put the first points on the board.

Branagh's try between the posts gave Ryan Moore an easy conversion.

Shortly after, Methody had the chance to level the scores with winger Alaistair McIvoy finding space to exploit, but a last ditch tackle from Philip Hylands prevented a score.

Moments later, the Belfast side found an overlap and though they didn't take advantage of it, a quick penalty taken by captain Michael Lagan gave them their first try and score of the game and Josh Bingham put the resulting conversion between the posts to level the scores at seven apiece before the end of the half.

Wallace got the second half off to a flyer and two minutes into the restart Hylands put another try on the board cutting through the Methody defence with a run from the half-way line.

The resulting conversion, however, agonisingly bounced back off the post.

A Bingham penalty for Methody narrowed the gap to just two points and a drop goal attempt 20 minutes from time - and in front of the posts - would have put his side ahead for the first time, only for the attempt to sail wide.

Both sides upped their urgency as time ticked away.

However, a yellow card for Wallace captain Callum Irvine deep in their own half put the Lisburn men under pressure and at the second time of asking, a driving maul allowed Methody hooker Weir to touch down.

The conversion gave them a five-point lead but with only four minutes remaining, a Wallace comeback looked unlikely.

Methodist College held their nerve and defended patiently to see out the game and end the dreams of the boys from Wallace High.

The second semi-final between Sullivan Upper and Coleraine on Thursday will decide who Methody face in the St Patrick's Day final.

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