Wellington College qualified for the second round of the Danske Bank Medallion Shield with a five tries to three, 29-15 victory over Downshire at Carolan Road.
Downshire, who travelled without three regulars through injury, found themselves 12 points in arrears early on through tries from Matty Kernaghan and William McMaster, who goaled the first and then ran in from 25 metres.
Downshire responded with a try from their captain and flanker Terry Sloan, after he evaded a number of tackles.
Kernaghan went over again for a converted try at the start of the second half but the visitors retorted when Jake Lyttle, having moved from full-back to out-half, touched down. Wellington's speedy scrum-half Oliver McKibbin was next on the scoresheet and then McMaster's second made it 29-10. Undaunted, Downshire fought back with a Ryan Lyttle try.
Nigel Carlisle, the Wellington coach, thought both teams enjoyed the good playing conditions. while Mark Patton, the Downshire coach, thought the superior Wellington back-line was the difference.
The Danske Bank Schools' Cup starts this afternoon when Antrim Grammar host Strabane Grammar