High School claim maiden All-Ireland title

The High School claimed one of their biggest sporting titles last week as they landed the All-Ireland John Waring Under-14 schoolboy’s title.

It added to what has already been a groundbreaking season for the Rathgar outfit, winning their first ever A Leinster title with this team’s Minor Cup success.In addition, they annexed the Senior Trophy along with reaching the Junior A Cup and Minor league finals.

They claimed the John Waring at Lisnagarvey’s immaculate Comber Road complex without conceding over the course of their five matches while Harry Lynch did the damage at the far end.

He was among the stand-outs from the high octane tournament along with Ross Howard, Ethan Flynn, Max Wright and Evan Jennings.

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Lynch was on the mark midway through their opening tie with Leinster rivals St Andrew’s College in a 1-0 success, laying the base for their campaign.

East Cork’s Midleton were next on the agenda. There, High School were largely frustrated by the Munster side, applying lots of pressure but were unable to break through a massed defence, eventually ending with a 0-0 scoreline.

Lynch, though, got them back on track in game three with the only goal in another 1-0 success, this time against Ashton School from Cork city.

Friends School, from Lisburn, were emerging as their key rivals for the title with a perfect record to their name after three rounds. But the Dubliners produced one of their strongest performances of the season, running out 2-0 winners courtesy of Lynch’s third goal of the day while Ross Howard netted the other to put them in pole position.

But the title was far from assured. High School and Friends were to play their final games simultaneously on adjacent pitches. Should the Rathgar school miss out on victory, it would have opened the door for the Ulster champions.

And Friends took an early initiative with a third minute goal against Andrews that put them nominally in front. While news was quick filter across the pitches but High School remained in control and duly took the lead in their tie against Regent House, Ben Shaw netting while Lynch weighed in with yet another to make sure of their fourth win from five games.

It proved the culmination of several fine years at work at the school, not least from coaches Paul Fitzpatrick and Jeamie Deacon who have finally seen the school breakthrough.

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