Double delight for Wallace stars as they claim Burney Cup

Wallace High School celebrate
Wallace High School celebrate

There were mixed emotions after the game, Wallace were elated as they had just completed a remarkable schools’ cup double, adding the Sinton’s at the Bridge Burney Cup to their earlier McCullough Cup victory, something the school had not done since 1989.

And for Banbridge there was the disappointment of not landing their fifth consecutive Burney Cup win.

A delighted Wallace captain, Ross Kelly said: “To be 3-2 down with ten minutes remaining, we were beginning to get really nervous but thankfully Sean Murray took it to extra time.

“It was a tremendous final to play in as it was end to end stuff. To win and to make it a double is just a dream come true, especially as this will be my last game for the school along with several others.

“Credit to Bann, they made us work hard, as we thought they would but we dug in and are just delighted that we did it.”

Man of the Match Jack Wilson who never stopped running from the whistle said: “I am just thrilled that we did the double. I thought they had us but when Sean banged in that penalty corner I knew we could do it. This was a fantastic performance by the team and they deserve it.

“What about my stroke, I sent the keeper the wrong way. Oh and my goal, just a jig down the left and a wee lob over the keeper, not a bad one.”

And the winning goal-scorer Andrew O’Hare said: “It is fantastic to do the double with such a great team it’s just phenomenal. I really just can’t believe I scored and I don’t think it has hit home yet. I still have another three years at school and hope to play in many more finals, this is brilliant.”

But spare a thought for Banbridge, they were just seconds away from clinching their fifth and history making a fifth consecutive Burney Cup win.

Their captain Johnny McKee said: “It’s just devastating, we played great hockey but unfortunately they got us in the end. The whole squad is disappointed especially as we got our noses in front.”