It was another classic schools game at Ravenhill as Campbell College and RBAI went head to head in the final of the Medallion Shield on Tuesday afternoon.
Campbell came out top by 20 – 15 but a second half revival from Inst had the crowd on the edge of their seats until the final whistle.
Playing with the wind at their backs Campbell took and early lead through a Lukas Kenny try converted by Jamie MacLean.
Report and photo credit John McMurtry and Bob Given Photography
Inst hit back fairly quickly with Josh Eagleson slotting over a penalty to take the score to 7 – 3.
The teams battled it out in the middle of the pitch with neither side getting the upper hand until the ball found Campbell’s Jay Davis out wide for the full back to chip ahead into the in goal area. The bounce of the ball beat his opposite number and Davis gleefully pounced to take the score to 12 – 5 at the break.
Campbell increased their lead with a MacLean penalty early in the second half but thereafter Inst began to edge possession and they began to claw their way back into the match.
A try from Inst’s Rory Ellerby after a period of possession moved the score along to 8 -15 and RBAI continued to pile on the pressure.
However, the Campbell defence held firm and, after soaking up the pressure, they broke upfield for Matthew Booth to score in the corner for an unconverted try.
The game looked safe with Campbell leading 20 – 8 but Inst had other ideas and this time they made their pressure count with Jacob Boyd powering over close to the posts for Eagleson to convert. 20 – 15 with minutes left.
Inst’s tails were up as they pushed for another score but Campbell weren’t going to let this one slip and they controlled the final phases to kick the ball dead for the win.
Final Score: Campbell College Belfast 20 Royal Belfast Academical Institution 15
Campbell College Belfast: Daniel Graham, Jamie MacLean, Lukas Kenny, Matthew Booth, Jay Davis, Carson McCullough, Sean Robinson, Charlie Kerr, Stephen Gilliam, Robbie Holmes, Charlie McClurg, Daniel Harkin, Joseph Jeffrey, Cameron Faith, Flynn Longstaff (C). Replacements: Gareth McConnell, Daniel Velasco, Matthew Murphy, Chris Massey, Paddy Lindsay, Jake Daly, Ivan Caughie, Leo Gray.
Royal Belfast Academical Institution: Flynn Morrow, Callan Johnston, Rory Ellerby, Jack Parkinson, Daniel Hu, Josh Eagleson, James Hillman, John Johnston, Jacob Edwards, Jacob Boyd (C), David Larmour, Daniel Moore, Allen Lyons, Callum Simms, Bryn Ward. Replacements: John Patterson, Zak Pallin, James Henry, Will Kernohan, Jude McCann, Alex Henry, Matthew Armstrong, Dan Kernohan.