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Report, reaction and photos: Campbell College claim Schools' Cup glory with win over Royal School, Armagh

Campbell College 19-13 Royal School, Armagh

By Adam McKendry ·

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19th March 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Royal School Armagh v Campbell College at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbell College's John McKee celebrates with his team after winning the Danske Bank Schools' Cup

Campbell College are the 2018 Danske Bank Schools’ Cup champions after they won 19-13 against Royal School Armagh at Kingspan Stadium.

It was a hard-fought game that Campbell won through their excellent defensive display, and that was clear from the start as they repeatedly held out waves of Armagh attacks early on.

Armagh had the first shot at points when Zac Thompson missed a penalty, before Campbell took the lead on half-time when scrum half Dara Gaskin spotted a gap and dived over at the line for the score.

Their opponents struck back two minutes into the second half, Thompson kicking a penalty after some great running from centre Matthew Reaney, while Campbell full back Conor Rankin missed a kick of his own at the other end.

But Rankin made up for it as he scored Campbell’s second try, Gaskin charging down a kick from Romain Morrow and the Ulster U18 full back raced onto the loose ball and took it over for the converted score.

Thompson put over another penalty for Armagh to make it a one score game heading into the closing stages, but Campbell clinched it five minutes from time when winger Will Davis powered over under the posts for the try.

Replacement scrum half Ben Lavery scored a brilliant try one minute from the end to make it interesting, the Armagh man cutting in from the wing to beat several defenders to the line, but it was to be Campbell’s day and their large support cheered loudly at the final whistle.

 

Here's the match as it happened:

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19th March 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Royal School Armagh v Campbell College at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbell College's John McKee celebrates with his team after winning the Danske Bank Schools' Cup
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Campbell College fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Royal School Armagh v Campbell College at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbell College's John McKee celebrates with his team after winning the Danske Bank Schools' Cup
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Royal School Armagh v Campbell College at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbell College's John McKee celebrates with his team after winning the Danske Bank Schools' Cup
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Campbell college v Royal School Armagh at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbells John McKee pictured lifting the Shield
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Royal School Armagh v Campbell College at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbell College's Dara Gaskin scores
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Royal School Armagh fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Matt Mackey / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Royal School Armagh v Campbell College at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbell College's Dara Gaskin scores
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Royal School Armagh fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Royal School Armagh fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Campbell College fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Campbell College fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Campbell college v Royal School Armagh at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbells Michael Campbell races home for a try
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Campbell College fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Campbell college v Royal School Armagh at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbells Michael Campbell races home for a try
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Campbell College fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Royal School Armagh fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 19th March 2018 Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018 Royal School Armagh fans pictured at Kingspan Stadium ahead of the Danske Bank Ulster Schools' Cup Final 2018. Good luck to @DBSchoolsCup Photo by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Campbell college v Royal School Armagh at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Campbells Tobi Olaniyan in action with Armaghs Jack Chapman
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19th March 2017 - Picture by Stephen Hamilton / Press Eye. Danske Bank Schools' Cup Final: Campbell college v Royal School Armagh at the Kingspan Stadium, Belfast. Fans pictured before todays game