Medallion Shield Final:
CAMPBELL COLLEGE BELFAST 23
BALLYMENA ACADEMY 5
Campbell College are halfway to a double after they defeated Ballymena Academy 23-5 at The Dub to lift the Medallion Shield.
Thirteen points from outside centre Harry Ralston, who crossed for a try and added a conversion and two penalties, and further scores from No.8 Callum McKinley and winger Ed Thomas helped the Belfast school over the line. Their senior side are looking to add the Schools’ Cup to it when they face Methodist College in next week’s final.
Campbell captain Ethan Kennedy said: “Lifting this trophy is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a child. Watching previous Campbell captains lift it was so special and it makes me so proud.
“We’ve dedicated ourselves for the last year to this and our coaches have worked so hard with us and supported us.
“Hopefully the seniors can bring home the Schools’ Cup, too. Two on the mantelpiece would look pretty nice!”
Ballymena had a strong wind at their backs in the first half but Campbell headed in at the interval ahead as McKinley and Ralston both went over either side of No.8 Charlie Hargy scoring Ballymena’s only points.
With the wind advantage in the second half, Ralston kept the scoreboard ticking over for Campbell when he chipped over a penalty before Thomas powered over in the corner.
Ballymena were offered a lifeline when Campbell tighthead Charlie Leitch was sin-binned, but Ralston added one more penalty to round off the scoring before the celebrations began.