Stewart leads Wallace to Shield success

Wallace High School won their first ever outright Subsidiary Shield with a 21-5 win over Down HS at a resplendent Kingspan Stadium on Monday.

They previously shared The Shield in 1986 with Omagh Academy, and they were led to this success by their Captain Jonny Stewart, who scored 16 points.

Wallace High School  try scorers Jonny Stewart (left) and Jonny Hunter  celebrate  after a 21-5 victory over  Down High School during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium.
 Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Wallace High School try scorers Jonny Stewart (left) and Jonny Hunter celebrate after a 21-5 victory over Down High School during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Following an early penalty miss from Down, Wallace were able to dominate proceedings in the first half and they took an early 3-0 lead through a Stewart penalty.

After 22 minutes, Wallace got the opening try following a powerful surge from their impressive No.8 Gary Dillon. The pack had a number of quick pick and drives before Captain Stewart found a gap in the Down defence to touch down under the posts, and successfuly kick the conversion.

Down came into the game in the final 10 minutes of the first half but were thwarted though some excellent defensive work from Matthew Miller, Nicholas Woods, Ryan Malley and Ben Parker.

Wallace, however, finished the half strongly and following a turnover at the scrum, the backs moved the ball accurately and Toby Kerr fed Kyle Hayes who picked out Jonny Hunter to finish a sweeping move. Wallace led 15-0 at the interval.

Wallace High School captain Jonny Stewart receives the Ulster Schools Subsidiary Shield form Ulster Branch President Bobby Stewart after his team defeated Down High School in the final at Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Wallace High School captain Jonny Stewart receives the Ulster Schools Subsidiary Shield form Ulster Branch President Bobby Stewart after his team defeated Down High School in the final at Kingspan Stadium, Ravenhill Park. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Stewart added a further penalty in the second half after 49 minutes. At this stage the game was punctuated by Wallace errors and Down got themselves on the score sheet with a try from a breakaway following a maul.

Stewart added a late penalty to take his personal tally to 16 points and seal a comprehensive victory.

WALLACE: Nicky Woods, Michael Smyth, Matthew Miller, Ben Morrison, Jack Brown, Ryan Malley, Ben Parker, Gary Dillon, Jonny Stewart (Capt), Adam Heaps, Toby Kerr, Ben Finlay, Jonny Hunter, Josh Cardosi, Kyle Hayes, James Hayes, Sam Cardosi, Nica Blaine, Neil Stewart, TL Bradley, Matthew Smyth, Tom McKendry, Jonny Warke

Wallace's Jonny Hunter runs in to score a try against Down High School during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Wallace's Jonny Hunter runs in to score a try against Down High School during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Wallace High's Kyle Hayes tackled by Down High School's Harry McCormick and Jack Carlisle (10) during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Wallace High's Kyle Hayes tackled by Down High School's Harry McCormick and Jack Carlisle (10) during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Wallace's Jonny Stewart celebrates scoring  the opening try against Down High School during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

Wallace's Jonny Stewart celebrates scoring the opening try against Down High School during Monday's Danske Bank Subsidiary Shield Final at Kingspan Stadium. Picture by Brian Little/Presseye