Campbell claim first Shield win in a decade
BRA 5 Campbell College 19
Campbell College won the Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield for the first time since 2003 when they defeated BRA in a closely contested tie at Ravenhill yesterday.
Their previous outright success was in 1977 in another game that could have gone either way when Academy were again their opponents 4-3 – a try to a penalty goal. They shared with Coleraine Inst 17-17 in 2003.
The Belmont team had the better of the first half and warranted their 7-0 interval advantage when a break down the middle from No 8 Callum Holland resulted in Josh Fullerton dashing in for Rob Haldane to add the points.
A try saving tackle on the fast winger by Harry Howard prevented him from grounding the ball. Within a couple of minutes the Cliftonville Road team did reduce the arrears when left winger David Campbell crashed over in the corner.
Campbell regained the initiative and, following good work from the forwards, the ball was spread wide for winger Howard to touch down to make it 12-5.
There was end to end play for a time and Academy kept in the tie right to the end. In injury time Haldane broke through to go under the posts and then add the conversion.
Chris McCarey, the BRA coach, said: "We started far too slowly but won more possession at the start of the second half which allowed our backs to move the ball.
"We had a great opportunity to level at 12-12 but I felt we still played well after that disappointing start. After our try Campbell had the better of the play and deserved their win."
Gareth Fry, one of the Campbell coaches, felt his side should made use of the chances created in the first half.
"We gave away far too many penalties at the breakdown and with so many infringements we had a player 'yellow carded before half-time that allowed Academy to exert pressure. Towards the close we had the upper hand."