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John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup

Wallace High School coach Gareth Kidd insists he and his team are relishing the challenge of playing holders Sullivan Upper in the semi-finals of the John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup at Lisnagarvey on Thursday afternoon (3.15pm).

The game is a repeat of last year's final and Sullivan can justifiably claim to be the best schoolboy team at the moment, having already lifted silverware this season.

The winners of the game clash will meet either Methodist College or Friends' who contest the other semi-final (1.30pm).

But Wallace certainly aren't looking that far ahead as they know how tough a task lies ahead against the Holywood school.
"We're all very much looking forward to the challenge of playing Sullivan, who are the team to beat having already won the McCullough Cup this season." said Kidd.

"They beat us in the group stages of that competition reasonably comfortably but a recent 2-2 draw against them has us going into the tie with lots of confidence."

"It should be a cracking match between two exciting teams who possess lots of potential match winners." 

"We played exceptionally well to beat Banbridge Academy and Regent House in the competition so far and can't wait for the game."

Friends' who are having their best season for some time, will start marginal favourites against Methody in the first semi-final. But Methody's 1-0 win over RBAI in a hard fought Belfast derby quarter final suggests another close contest lies ahead.

"We are looking forward to what will be a good match, we played Methody in semi final of McCullough and it was a close game, our corners proved the difference that day." said Friends' coach Craig Cunningham.

"They are always excellent matches against Methody and played in good spirit. We have a fully fit squad to choose from."

"A number of boys got a boost recently when they were called into Irish under-age squads but it is a team effort with all playing their part. Another semi-final is a reward for hard work of boys throughout the year and they have been a pleasure to coach."

Methody coach Rory Capper is also predicting a close encounter in the first semi-final on Thursday.
"We are delighted to be in our second semi-final of the season against Friends after losing to them narrowly in the McCullough." he said.

"The last game was close and we hope to go one better this time. That will be tough against a Friends side full of representative players but we will be fully prepared and determined not to waste this opportunity."

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