Saturday’s Danske Bank Schools’ Cup draw had a special guest in Frist Minister Arlene Foster.
The third round draw - when the top seeded schools join the competition - was made at the home of Ulster Rugby, Kingspan Stadium during the half time break in the European Champions Cup game between Ulster and Oyonnax.
First Minister Foster was attending the game and added to the Schools’ Cup occasion.
The most eyecatching tie of the draw was the pairing of two of the top contenders, Ballymena Academy and Wallace High will face off in the third round at Ballymena on Saturday February 6.
Cup holders RBAI were favoured with a home draw against Coleraine Grammar.
The draw was conducted by Richard Caldwell, representing Danske Bank and Booby Stewart, IRFU (Ulster Branch) President
THIRD ROUND DRAW
Regent House v Sullivan Upper
Ballyclare HS v Bangor GS
Foyle College v Dalriada
Friends’ School v Campbell College
Down HS v BRA
Ballymena Academy v Wallace HS
Methodist College v Rainey Endowed
RBAI v Coleraine GS
Matches are scheduled for Saturday 6th February.
SECOND ROUND RESULTS (games played on Saturday)
Belfast Royal Academy 31 Grosvenor GS 14
Portadown College 11 Friends’ School 20
Bangor GS 36 Limavady GS 13
Regent House 14 Portora Royal School 13
Foyle College 20 Antrim GS 8
Dalriada School 26 Omagh Academy 14
Royal School Armagh 10 Rainey Endowed 12
Ballyclare HS 17 Royal School Dungannon 12
The eight losing teams in round two were automatically entered into the Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Bowl quarter-final draw:
Limavady GS v Omagh Academy
Portadown College v Grosvenor GS
Portora RS v Antrim GS
RS Armagh v RS Dungannon
Four Danske Bank Ulster Schools’ Trophy quarter-final matches were also played on Saturday
Cambridge House v Strabane Academy - postponed due to waterlogged pitch
Carrickfergus GS 13 v 17 Larne GS
Wellington College 0 Banbridge Academy 5
Belfast HS 3 Lurgan College 0
The draw for the semi-finals is:
Belfast H v Larne GS
Banbridge Academy v Cambridge House or Strabane Academy