Schools Cup: Methodist College 20 Campbell College 17 Final

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Methodist College stage a comeback 20-17 win over Campbell College in the Schools Cup Final

The Schools Cup made a welcome return to the Kingspan Stadium on St Patrick’s Day, after a 2 year Covid hiatus. Methodist College and Campbell College served up a fantastic final, which had everything, pulsating end to end play, midfield breaks, last ditch tackles and a lead, which changed 4 times.

On almost the first Campbell attack, a Methody penalty infringement allowed Peter Caves to kick Campbell into a 3-0 lead after 4 minutes.

Methody replied in their next attack, with Lorcan Hanratty latching on to a break, before powering over midway out. Ben McFarlane added the points and Methody lead 7-3 on 6 minutes.

Play moved up and down the pitch at an alarming rate, as both teams sought to dominate.

Joe Hopes break set up Zac Solomon’s try for Campbell College

Minutes before the break Campbell 2nd Row Joe Hopes made a stunning break from halfway and when he was stopped short of the line, Zac Solomon was on hand to drive over. Caves landed the difficult conversion for Campbell to lead 10-7 at halftime.

Campbell took their momentum into the second half. Oliver Topping found space and squeezed in for a try after 37 minutes, Caves converted to move Campbell out to 17-7.

Methody composed themselves, turned the screw, and began to dominate territory and possession.

Harry Palmer celebrates his try for Methodist College

After a line out maul splintered, Harry Palmer crashed over for a Methody try, converted by McFarlane, to bring Methody back to 17-14 after 56 minutes.

Continued Methody pressure yielded an offside penalty, McFarlane made no mistake, and the scores were level at 17-17, with just 8 minutes left.

Ben McFarlane made no mistake from 45 metres for Methodist College

Methody’s go forward momentum continued. They won a penalty 45 metres out, with 3 minutes left, and McFarlane made no mistake with his kick for Methody to take the lead 20-17.

There was time for Campbell to counter and only two last ditch Methody tackles prevented scores. 

This was Methody’s 37th Schools Cup win and will be remembered as one of the best finals in years.

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