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Methodist College take home Ulster Schools Senior Cup for third year in a row

Connor McKee and Alastair McIvor were the scoring stars for the Belfast school.

Methody captain Michael Lagan lifts the cup.
Methody captain Michael Lagan lifts the cup.
Image: Presseye/Darren Kidd/INPHO

Methodist College 27

Sullivan Upper 12

IRELAND WAVED GOODBYE to the country’s greatest midfield partnership on Saturday but their could be hope for the future in the form of an exciting Ulster duo.

Connor McKee and Alastair McIvor combined to score three tries for Methodist College at Ravenhill this afternoon as their team defeated Sullivan Upper 27-12 to claim the Ulster Schools Senior Cup. The pair’s display was reminiscent of Brian O’Driscoll and Gordon D’Arcy in their Irish pomp and was vital in Methody collecting the cup for a third season in a row.

McKee scored his side’s first two tries to help open up a 12-0 lead. Sullivan, coached by former Ulster and Ireland forward Willie Anderson, responded through Chris Jordan before McIvor made a superb intercept and sprinted in Methody’s third from more than 60 metres out.

Alastair McIvor intercepts the ball and runs in a try 17/3/2014 McIvor makes his interception. Source: Brian Little

Alastair McIvor intercepts the ball and runs in a try 17/3/2014 He sets off for the line... Source: Brian Little

Alastair McIvor runs in to score a try 17/3/2014 ... and dives over. Source: Brian Little

Johnny Betts gave Sullivan hope of a second half comeback but Methodist, in their 37th Senior Cup final, regrouped and hit back with tries from Josh Jordan and Rory Cairns. The Belfast side’s pack was a force of nature throughout while their backline, including the impressive McKee and McIvor, caused Sullivan problems all day.

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