Methodist College remain kings of Ulster Schools’ Rugby

MCB try scorer Connor Kelly
MCB try scorer Connor Kelly

Methodist College, Belfast, registered their 34th Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Cup success on Monday at Ravenhill with a deserved 20-5 win over city rivals, Royal Belfast Academical Institution to retain the title.

BAI took the lead with an early score from captain from Joshua Aktinson but they gakme plan was disrupted when they lost the flanker to injury.

Josh Bingham levelled the scores when he showed his power and pace to go over from close range but he missed the conversion and was also off target wityh a drop goal so the sides were level at 5-5 at half time.

Conor Kelly gave Methody the lead nine minutes into the second half from a slick backs move when Rudi Benade open3ed up the defence before offloading to his wing colleague.

Bingham’s second try three minutes from the end sealed thye victory and gave Methody a 34th outright victory in the competition.

RBAI: F Wright, I Jones, N Brown, R Bell, R Campbell, J McClure, C Young; P Vincent, J Carruthers, D U-Hyon C Magee, J Scott, T Boyd, J Atkinson (capt) P Anderson

Replacements: B Bowden, L McBratney, A McGrath, M Mairs, R Lyttle, J Coyle, C McCann, P Creighton

MCB: A Liddell, R Benade, P Colhoun, C McKee, C Kelly, J Bingham M Rainey; R Kane (capt) S Weir M Lagan, A Thompson, M Campbell, P Boomer, M McIvor, J Gallagher

Replacements: E Bell, J McCreanor, R McAllister, C Boomer, A Dixon-McKnight J McCollum J D’Arcy R Hampton

Watching the final were former MCB pupils, Paddy Jackson and Craig Gilroy, just back from Rome with the Ireland Six Nations squad.