Schools' Cup final - Can John be last-gasp hero AGAIN?

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It's the last minute of the Schools' Cup final, with Ballymena Academy trailing by one score.

If the evidence of this season's run to the final is anything to go by, there's only one player Ballymena Academy fans will want to have his hands on the ball at that stage of the game!

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John Andrew produced the decisive injury time try to finally see of Friends School 11-10 in the quarter-final replay - then, amazingly, repeated the dose in the semi-final success over Methody as the Academy progressed by the same score in the same circumstances.

But the modest forward insists: "It's just been a case of right place at the right time.

"They haven't been great solo tries by any means. Against Friends, Charlie beat a couple of boys and all I had to do was run it in and against Methody it was hard work from both forwards and backs so I'm not a hero in any kind of way.

"The fact I had scored against Friends didn't even cross my mind when I picked the ball up against Methody - all I could think was 'I have to get over this line' and it only really hit me at the final whistle when everyone was jumping up around me and celebrating.

"I haven't had any extra attention - everyone knew it was all about the team, we all had to dig deep in both matches."

So what are the chances of John completing a hat-trick of last-gasp scores in tomorrow's final?

"Hopefully we'll not be in that position of needing a score in the last minute – hopefully someone else will have picked up a try earlier on and I'll stick to the hard work!" laughs John.