All Ireland Schoolboy Championships – day two
Plenty of thrills and spills but four of the All-Ireland Schoolboys’ big names made it through in the end with St Andrew’s, Wesley, Banbridge Academy and Wallace HS set to contest the semi-finals.
At one stage, an all-Leinster semi-final quartet was an outside chance but the two northern schools did the necessary in the final games of the day in Booterstown.Earlier on, Wesley put themselves to the brink of qualification with a 6-0 win over Methody which, when combined with Sullivan’s narrow 4-3 success over Bandon, meant they could afford to lose their third group game and still go through.
Nonetheless, a Luke Madeley double and a screamer from Dylan Cullen meant a 3-0 win saw them through with full points and a healthy goal difference.
Bandon ended second on goal difference with a thumping win over Methody after they were frustrated by Sullivan. Julian Dale scored two peaches but Steven McQuillan’s double helped swing the tie the other way.
St Andrew’s had a similarly controlled path to the final four in Pool 2, running up a 4-0 win over Campbell College and a 3-0 success against Friends, going through without conceding a goal.
Newpark ended in a tie for third in the group following the comeback of the day. Four goals down early in the second half against Friends, Andrew Ramsay fired a hat trick while Johnny McCormack was also on the mark to pick off a remarkable 4-4 draw.
Pool 3 was a close run thing until the second half of Mount Temple’s game with Wallace. Fresh from their first ever win in the competition on Wednesday – 1-0 against Villiers – Temple looked well set for a second result when Kevin Mullins and Andrew Jamieson-Murphy helped build a 3-1 lead against Cookstown HS.But two corner goals in the closing five minutes left the tie all square at 3-3. With Wallace eventually breaking down Villiers 2-0 – both goals coming in the closing quarter – it left the Lisburn school needing just a draw against Mount Temple.
But Mullins’ drag flick put the Dubliners one to the good. William Carey equalised before half-time, however, and Wallace finally found space to exploit their genuine pace.
Ross Kelly scored a drag-flick and a stroke while Jacob Hermon and a Mark Acheson double extended the lead to 6-1.
Banbridge – winners in 2010 and 2011 – were left in a similar situation to Wallace in their third game, knowing a loss to St Columba’s would see them eliminated.
The Rathfarnham side began the day in rude form, storming to a 5-2 win over RBAI, while Bann shaded a 3-2 result against Ashton.
The Co Down school, though, were the sharper in the Ds to build a 2-0 lead. The impressive Matthew Warnock scrambled in the first while Tim Watt pounced on a corner rebound early in the second half.
Harry Morris did get one back for the saints but they could not build further on that and threaten to reach the semis for the first time.
** Picture from throughout the day to follow later this evening
Day two results/standings
Pool 1: Wesley 6 (L Madeley 2, J Dalrymple, D Cullen, G Gibney, S Ronan) Methodist College 0; Sullivan Upper 4 (S McQuillan 2, R Hancock, D Whittington) Bandon GS 3 (J Dale 2, M Kingston); Wesley 3 (L Madeley 2, D Cullen) Sullivan Upper 0; Bandon GS 5 (M Lee, J Handel, M Kingston, J Dale, C Kingston)
Methodist College 1
Pool 2: Newpark 4 (A Ramsay 3, J McCormack) Friends 4; St Andrew’s 4 (B Campbell 2, D Nolan, J Henry) Campbell College 0; St Andrew’s 3 (E Buttanshaw, A Fogarty, D Nolan) Friends 0; Newpark 0 Campbell College 1
Standings: 1. St Andrews 9pts (+13) 2. Campbell College 6pts (0) 3= Newpark 1pt (-6) 3= Friends 1pt (-6)
Pool 3: Wallace 2 (S Murray, D Nelson) Villiers 0; Mount Temple 3 (K Mullins 2, A Jamieson-Murphy) Cookstown 3; Wallace 6 (R Kelly 2, M Acheson 2, W Carey, J Hermon) Mount Temple 1 (K Mullins); Cookstown 2 Villiers 0
Standings: 1. Wallace HS 9pts (+7) 2. Cookstown 4pts (+1) 3. Mount Temple 4pts (-3) 4. Villiers 0pts (-5)
Pool 4: St Columba’s 5 (F Morris 2, A Moffett, M Burger, own goal) RBAI 2; Ashton 2 (S Wolfe, M Gallagher) Banbridge Academy 3; Banbridge Academy 2 (M Warnock, T Watt) St Columba’s 1 (H Morris); RBAI 6 Ashton 3 (M Gallagher, P Brownlow, D Whitaker)
Standings: 1. Banbridge Academy 9pts (+3) 2. St Columba’s 4pts (+2) 3. RBAI 3pts (-1) 4. Ashton 1pt (-4)