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Last Updated: Friday, 17 March 2006, 16:32 GMT
MCB 11-5 Campbell College
Methody captain David Johnston (centre)
Methody captain David Johnston is held aloft
A superb late David Johnston try and two Owen McMurray penalties saw Methodist College beat Campbell College in the Schools' Cup final at Ravenhill.

Methody enjoyed all the early pressure and McMurray kicked an early penalty.

Campbell fly-half Rory Boyd replied with a try soon after and his side dominated the latter stages of the first half with Jamie Smith starring.

McMurray landed another penalty before the break and captain Johnston added a try in the dying moments of the game.

It was a fine individual effort from Johnston that saw Methody home in the dying minutes.

The number eight broke from the base of the scrum 40 metres out, sprinted clear, and he chipped the ball over the defence and collect before before dashing over the line.

The second half produced a much tighter game, with more forward play and good defence from both sides with Campbell relying heavily on the boot of Smith.

TOP SCHOOLS' CUP WINS
30: Methody
28: RBAI
22: Campbell Coll
9: Coleraine AI
9: Royal Armagh
6: Portora Royal
5: Bangor Grammar

MCB picked up the trophy for the 30th time in the history of the competition and made up for losing in last year's final to RBAI.

Methody captain Johnston said: "Campbell are a very good side and they pushed us all the way. It was a very tough match."

Colin Martin, one of the coaches of the winning team, added: "Our captain pulled something special out of the bag and our boys had to dig deep today."


Methodist College: O McMurray; C Quinn, C O¿Kane, J Crossey, P McFadden; R Blake-Knox, S Bell; A Sproule, P McMahon, A Macklin, D Annett, A Jackson, J Kernaghan, M Robinson, D Johnston, capt.
Replacements: None used.

Campbell College: P Glass, capt; J Castles, S Rea, J Smith, J Yeung; R Boyd, A Dougherty; N McLaughlin, K Yellop, P Eadie, D Bradford, G Rankin, B McDougall, R McCullagh.
Replacements: C Busby for McLaughlin (70), M McLean for Glass (39), B Duff for McLean (65).

Referee: Ally McKay (Ulster Branch)




SEE ALSO
Semi: Campbell 17-13 Portora
27 Feb 06 |  Irish
Semi: RBAI 13-8 RS Armagh
28 Feb 05 |  Irish
Third round results
22 Feb 06 |  Irish
Second round results
07 Jan 06 |  Irish
RBAI in Schools' Cup triumph
17 Mar 05 |  Irish


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