Methody raise Cup three years running

Methodist College 27-12 Sullivan Upper
Published Monday, 17 March 2014
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Five tries and Josh Bingham's penalty crushed Sullivan Upper 27-12 to secure Methody's third successive win in the Danske Bank Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill on St Patrick's Day.

Methody raise Cup three years running
Methody lift the Schools' Cup for a third year running. (© Presseye)

Two tries from Alastair McIvor and a further three from Connor McKee, Josh Jordan and Rory Cairns dashed Sullivan's dream of winning their first Schools' Cup.

The Belfast boys can now boast their third tournament victory on the trot, and will look to be the first team to make it four in a row next year.

It was the first appearance in the final for Sullivan, and they did themselves proud. But it wasn't long before Methody's dominance was evident and McIvor slammed through the defence off a short pop by Bingham.

The centre got his side's second try shortly after, intercepting Ross Todds' wishful pass close to the half way line.

Bingham added a conversion to make it 12-5.

But after 19 minutes, Sullivan bounced back, winger Chris Jordan was put into space out wide. Dave Cave providing the telling pass.

Methody's centre partnership pulled the side along though, McKee supported Bingham well after his clever line break and touched down for their third.

At half time, the Belfast boys were in control at 17-12.

The dominant score line left Sullivan desperate for some points and fullback Johnny Betts oozed life into the game, Michael Cartmills' line break putting him into the corner.

But Methody secured the victory when Josh Jordan made it over the line off a strong driving maul just 12 minute before the end.

Rory Cairns added another try in the last play of the game. The conversion sailed wide, but the Methody cheers erupted as the referees' whistle confirmed them as 2014 Danske Bank Schools' Cup Champions.

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