All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships
Final: St Andrew’s 3 (R Nichols 2, P Temperley) Wallace HS 1 (M Nelson)
St Andrew’s became just the second school to win the All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships three times in-a-row – and the first since Newry from 1982 to 1984 – when they beat Wallace HS 3-1 in Garryduff.
Rory Nichols penalty corner double sandwiched a slapped effort from Patrick Temperley for Andrew’s as they came from one goal down early on in the final, counter-acting Matthew Nelson’s seventh minute opener.
All those goals came before half-time. From there, the Dublin school were reasonably comfortable in defence with captain Jamie Carr a supremely solid last line of defence.
Early on, Wallace had by far the better start, Jacob Hermon’s right-wing run winning the first corner just three minutes into the tie. Sean Murray – a graceful presence in midfield, whose skill was matched by his ability to bring others into the game – drew a superb save from Carr with a low drag-flick.
The northern side kept winning corners and went ahead from their fourth set-piece in the 12th minute when Murray took the pace off, allowing Nelson to nip and get a touch past the defence.
It awoke Andrew’s and they were level very quickly, winning a corner of their own from their first attack. Nichols duly whipped home low and hard. Another corner needed to be scrambled away by Thomas McRoberts but the Booterstown school had the lead when Andrew Fogarty robbed a loose ball on the 22.
His run into the circle drew two defenders and the goalkeeper before slipping back into the path of Temperley who swept home. Then, on the half-time whistle, Nichols got his second with another low flick.
From there, Wallace made most of the running while Andrew’s looked menacing on the counter but neither could force home from their respective half-chances.
Jordan McCarthy got down brilliantly to deny Fogarty with the pick of the chances ten minutes from the end but it mattered little as Andrew’s coolly took home the Tasmanian Shield for the fifth time.
St Andrew’s: J Carr, J Guifoyle, A Bailey, J Henry, R Browne, G Sarratt, J Walker, A Fogarty, G Cole, D Nolan, R Nichols, R Quirke, Z de Boe Agnew, P Temperley, S Hohn, M Maguire
Wallace: J McCarthy, T McRoberts, M McNellis, P Hunter, J Taggart, A O’Hare, S Murray, D Arneill, S McCabe, R Getty, J Scott, M Nelson, W Carey, B Newton, C Getty