The Wallace High School Medallion beat Campbell College by 11-9 in a tense and enthralling Danske Bank Medallion Shield Semi Final last Saturday.
Wallace started brightly and enjoyed long periods of territory and possession. Captain Sam Cardosi led by example and was ably assisted by Ben Morrison, Jack Brown and Dillon Sedge.
Conor Rankin kicked an early penalty to put Wallace into a 3-0 lead.
Campbell came into the game as the half wore on but the Wallace defence stood firm with Josh Cardosi, Jonathan Warke and Rhys Beckett making some excellent tackles.
Following the restart Campbell attacked the Wallace line and were quickly awarded two penalties in succession to put them into a 6-3 lead. It was all Campbell at this stage and Wallace fought hard in defence to keep their line intact.
Some excellent one on one tackling along with a sound defensive system repelled the attacking threat of Campbell.
Wallace then were able to secure some much needed possession and territory quickly followed.
After a series of surges James Hayes crashed over the line to score an unconverted try and put Wallace 8-6 up with 10 minutes remaining.
Campbell responded quickly with a penalty and Wallace kicked the final penalty through Conor Rankin with two minutes remaining to win the game 11-9.
This was a superb team performance characterised by much commitment and determination.
Wallace now face RBAI in The Danske Bank Medallion Shield Final at The Kingspan Stadium on Monday March 9, 2015 at 2.30pm.
All support welcome.