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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 March, 2004, 15:51 GMT
Armagh win the Schools' Cup
RS Armagh skipper John McCall
RS Armagh skipper John McCall lifts the Schools' Cup
Royal School Armagh have beaten Campbell College 14-5 in the Renault Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill.

Lee Ruddock got the opening try for Armagh in the 13th minute with Jonathan Gillespie adding the conversion.

On 22 minutes centre Ethan Allen went over for his first try in the 2004 cup and Gillespie again converted.

Campbell got their first score nine minutes into the second half when winger Blair Clements ran in for try in the left corner.

The Belfast school had a much better second half but, despite a lot of possession, could not crack the Armagh defence again.

It was Armagh's first triumph in the competition since 1977.

"It is a marvellous day for the school," said joint coach Kenny Hooks.

"It was not a pretty game and we lost a wee bit of confidence in the second half.

"The nerves of the occasion may have got to us.

"Our school has small numbers so we have to maximise the talent we have.

"It means teams have to have special boys and we knew we had a special group from last September."


Campbell: R Boyd; B Clements; R Dunlop, A McCord, M Horner; G Winnington, D Creighton; L Barker, M Bradford, A Lowry, P Noble, C Marshall, D McIlveen, D Cobain (capt), P Creed.
Replacements: H Wing-Yeung, R Caithness, P Quinn, I Hanvey, R Colhoun, M Fetherston, S Neill.

Royal School Armagh: S Shepherd; P McAlister; E Allen, M Hooks, L Ruddock; J Gillespie, A Bartholomew; K Stinson, R Morton, R Carleton, J Graham, J Cornett, John McCall (capt), E Orr, W Falloon.
Replacements: R Moffett, T Graham, S Rhoda, J Scott, C Humphries, G Megaw, James McCall.

Referee: Allen McDowell (Coleraine).




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Armagh coach Kenny Hooks
"We have to maximise the talent we have at the school"


BBC's Michael McNamee
"What a year for the Royal Schol Armagh"



SEE ALSO
Renault Schools' Trophy
26 Jan 04  |  Irish
Renault Schools' Bowl
26 Jan 04  |  Irish
Renault Schools' Shield
05 Mar 04  |  Irish
Medallion Shield
26 Jan 04  |  Irish


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