Methodist College remain undefeated this season with a 19 – 3 win against Wallace High in the second semi final of the Ulster Schools Cup at Ravenhill yesterday afternoon. The Belfast side will now be making their 64th Cup Final appearance when they face Tuesday’s winner, Campbell College, in the Ulster Schools showpiece on 18th March at the home of Ulster Rugby.

Methody started strongly but Wallace were able to repel their initial charges and the High School gradually worked their way into the game with the bulk of the play happening on the Methodist half.

However the Belfast side worked their way upfield towards the end of the half for flanker Adam Reid to grab a crucial try, with the last play of the half, to give Methody a 5 – 0 lead going into the break.

Flanker Adam Reid scored a try in either half before fullback Ethan McIlroy polished off the win with his side’s third try three minutes from full-time. McIlroy also contributed four points from the tee. Wallace’s three points came courtesy of a Nathan Doak penalty.

Wallace looked for a response at the start of the second half but were restricted to a penalty from Nathan Doak approximately fifteen minutes in, to take the score to 5 – 3 but from then on the 36 times champions dominated the game.

The hard working Reid crossed for his second try five minutes later and Ethan McIlroy added the extras to extend the lead to 12 – 3 and the game was put beyond doubt when McIlroy crossed, and converted to move the score to 19 – 3.

Wallace tried to respond in the final fifteen minutes, with centre Ben Carson to the fore, but the Ulster Schools player was heavily marked and Methody held on reasonably reasonably comfortably for the second final appearance in the last three seasons.

Methodist College: E McIlroy; T O’Doherty, R Armstrong, J Fletcher, C Larmour; T Armstrong, C Davidson, B Crangle, D Humphreys, T Linton; M Lyttle, B Gourley; D Boden, A Reid, K McNaboe (C). Replacements: J Watson, P Johnston, M Hunter, T Millar, A Simms, L Simms, L Graham, L Millar.

Photo credit – Bob Given Photography & John McMurtry

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