Andrew’s start finals season with double success

St Andrew’s took the first two major schoolboy’s hockey titles of the year as their Junior and U-13 sides took their respective ‘A’ league titles this afternoon while Mount Temple and High School picked up ‘B’ silverware.

Late goals from Ben Campbell and Jordan Larmour saw them fight off Sutton Park in the closing six minutes of their Junior A league final at Ballinteer.

A cracking tie, Andrew’s hit the front through Jazze Henry early on but Sutton – going in search of their first ever title at this level – were level when Irish U-16 star Jack Ryan drew a save from Jamie Carr which Keith O’Hare netted on the rebound.

Campbell laid on for Wilf King to tap in for 2-1 at the break and they had a number of chances to extend their lead early in the second half as King slid a shot across the face while David Nolan and Larmour missed out on great chances.

But the north Dublin school soon became the dominant force for much of the second period with Carr required to pull off a series of strong saves. The vastly impressive sweeper Gavin O’Brien pushed home a switched corner after Ryan’s trickery had earned the set piece 11 minutes from the end for 2-2.

But they were stung twice on the counter while pushing for a winner, captain Campbell volleying the go-ahead goal and Larmour finished off the fourth to start the celebrations with three minutes left. They survived a couple of late corners with Carr getting low to stick-save and assure no nervy finish.

At the same venue, Kevin Mullins’ second half hat-trick over-turned a 4-3 deficit to hand Mount Temple a 6-4 win over Newpark in the Junior B league final.

An incredible tie saw goals peppered in from start to finish as Matthew Matrustry started the run but his effort was quickly cancelled out as Evan Garland’s reverse was finished off by Mark Hoyne.

Sean Cassidy restored the Temple lead before Andrew Ramsay snapped up a rebound.

Matrustry handed his side the lead for a third time just before half-time and his side went close to extending the margin but for Lee Heffernan’s diving heroics.

Hoyne tapped in for 3-3 before Garland’s pace created the lead for Newpark for their one and only time, racing down the right and squaring for Hoyne to grab his hat-trick.

But Mullins – a first teamer with Clontarf – showed his range of skills to win the game with a breath-taking display. His run down the left channel opened the door for a fourth moment of parity, rebounding after his own shot had fallen kindly into his path off the post.

A top class finish from a tight angle put his side ahead for a fourth time before reversing in off the inside of the stanchion for a memorable win.

St Andrew’s, meanwhile, took the U-13 A league title as they fought back from a goal down to beat Wesley 4-2 in Booterstown with Guy Sarratt on the mark twice with further goals from john Guilfoyle and Adam Larmour.

At U-13 B level, Bobby Hackett won it for High School late in the second half to down King’s Hospital 1-0. They had looked the more likely for much of the game as Conor Empey twice hit the post but the Palmerstown school defended well to keep the result in the balance until Hackett’s effort.

In the cups, St Columba’s have two finals to look forward to after wins this week at Senior and Junior level. Eochy O’Connor scored three minutes from time to oust Sutton Park 2-1 in the Senior Trophy, earning a Senior Cup berth in the process.

Their Juniors – having missed out on the league final at the hands of Sutton – will play either Wesley or Andrew’s in the decider after they ran up a 4-0 victory over St Killians.

Schoolboy’s Junior A league final: St Andrew’s 4 (J Henry, W King, B Campbell, J Larmour) Sutton Park 2 (K O’Hare, G O’Brien)
Junior B league final: Mount Temple 6 (K Mullins 3, M Metrustry 2, S Cassidy) Newpark 4 (M Hoyne 3, A Ramsay)

U-13 A league final: St Andrew’s 4 (Guy Sarratt 2, John Guilfoyle, Adam Larmour) Wesley 2
U-13 B league final: High School 1 (Bobby Hackett) King’s Hospital 0

Senior Trophy, semi-final (Monday): St Columba’s 2 (Ross Canning, Eochy O’Connor), Sutton Park 1
Junior Cup, semi-final: St Columba’s 4 (Wolfe Purcell, Harry Morris, Freddie Morris, Conor McCooey) St Killians 0

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