Mount Temple and Sutton Park claimed the last two remaining Leinster qualifying berths for the All-Ireland Schoolboy’s championships on Wednesday afternoon.
For Temple, the margins were wafer-thin as King’s Hospital were within moments of getting back into the competition. But, 1-0 down, Andrew Jamieson-Murphy won a final whistle corner for Temple which Diarmuid Goggins dragged high to the net to spark relief-fuelled celebrations.
Extra-time could not find a winner, leading to penalties. All of the northside school’s efforts were successful while Claude Mollard saved twice to become the hero, earning a fourth ticket for the school to the premier competition on the calendar.
Earlier, they had eliminated Kilkenny in the semi-final 1-0 with the goal, a Mullins brothers short corner combination, seeing John Mullins feeding older brother Kevin to fire home. KH, meanwhile, earned their place in the final playoff with victory over Newpark 3-1.
Sutton, meanwhile, claimed the other spot at High School when they topped their three-team group with a 2-0 victory over the hosts and they closed out the competition with a 2-0 win against St Killian’s.
They will be joined in the competition by pre-qualified St Andrew’s, Wesley and St Columba’s as well as Villiers School who qualified for the first time since 2005 on a dramatic afternoon at Garryduff yesterday.
Aside from competing as hosts in 2008, the Limerick school had just once qualified for Irish schoolboys hockey’s blue riband event this century, in 2002.
Ashton won the Munster qualifying tournament, reduced to four teams this year as Waterford’s Newtown School chose not to compete, with maximum points and without conceding a goal. Bandon Grammar went through in second by virtue of their victory over 2010 All-Ireland semi-finalists Midleton College, who will miss out this time round, with Villiers in third.
The tournament will be played in Ulster from October 24 to 26 with venues and times to be confirmed once the tournament draw is made.
All-Ireland Schoolboy qualifier one: King’s Hospital 3 Newpark 1; Mount Temple 1 Kilkenny 0
Final: Mount Temple 1 King’s Hospital 1; Mount Temple win 4-2 on penalties
All-Ireland Schoolboy qualifier two: Sutton Park 2 High School 0; High School 1 St Killian’s 1; Sutton Park 2 St Killian’s 0; Sutton Park top the three-team group
Whiteside Trophy: St Andrew’s 4 Wesley 2
Senior Pool 1: St Andrew’s 7 Mount Temple 1
U-17 Development League South: Sandford Park 5 St Andrew’s A 0
Junior Pool 1: St Andrew’s A St Andrew’s C 0; St Andrew’s 5 St Columba’s 0
Junior Pool 2: Wesley 4 St Andrew’s B 2; St Andrew’s B 0 Sandford Park 3
Minor Pool 1: St Andrew’s C 0 Mount Temple 2; St Andrew’s A 7 St Columba’s 1
Minor Pool 2: Sandford Park 3 St Andrew’s B 1; Sandford Park 1 St Killian’s 5
U-13 Pool 1: St Andrew’s A 7 St Columba’s 0
U-13 Pool 2: Sandford Park 1 St Andrew’s B 1