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Sullivan manager Stephen Finlay hoping his side get Upper hand in final

The Sullivan Upper Schools Cup final squad

The Sullivan Upper Schools Cup final squad

  • by Ciaran Donaghy
 

Team manager Stephen Finlay has warned the Sullivan players not to get caught up in the occasion as they meet Methody in Monday’s School’s Cup final at Ravenhill (3pm).

Holywood is set to be deserted come 3pm on St Patrick’s Day as Sullivan contest the final for the first time in their 137 year history.

“The school has a fantastic buzz about it and even the town, a couple of shops in the town have asked for shirts to decorate their window,” said Finlay.

“It’s a new experience for Sullivan because they have never got there, there was a big buzz for the semi final but it has just gone to another level.

“It is fantastic because it raises the profile of the school which is good.”

“There has been a huge amount of ex pupils who live in the UK or further afield and quite a number are coming home to see their family.

“it’s been fantastic but the boys have to realise there is a job to do.

“It’s great to enjoy it and they should because the achievement is massive but they can’t lose sight of the fact there is a game to be played and a trophy to be won.”

“Willie (Anderson) is in charge and Willie has never played second fiddle in any game, he has never gone to any game not wanting to win it and that is reflecting on the boys.

“We’re not going there to make up the numbers and there is no point going to Ravenhill and not trying to win it we’re there to win the trophy and hopefully that will be the case.”

Methody will be contesting their 62nd final and have offered some friendly advice to their rivals.

“There is a lot of messages on twitter and there was a fantastic one from Methody saying if Sullivan don’t know the way to Ravenhill ring the Methody office and they will them how to get there which it was funny.”

“They have a few boys in their third final, it is going to be very difficult because Methody are a very strong side and are favourites.

“We played them in November and they beat us and have been here many times before, I think the focus has to be on the game.” concluded Finlay.

 

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