Mount Temple and Newpark qualified for the All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships from the Leinster qualifying rounds, both winning on their respective home turf.
For Temple, they opened up with a 2-0 win over Kilkenny College – now coached by Nasir Munir – with Alan O’Malley and Mateusz Nowakowski on the mark.
Kilkenny subsequently beat King’s Hospital by the same scoreline with Louis Glass and Declan Coffey on the mark, their second goal coming when KH withdrew their keeper when pushing for an equaliser.
It left Mount Temple in the box seat with even a one-goal defeat being enough to put them through to the national stage. A 2-0 defeat could have opened up the possibility of a three-way penalty shoot-out but that outcome was dismissed as Darragh O’Brien and Nowakowski both scored inside the first four minutes.
KH had their chances but David Lawless made a couple of key saves while a drag-flick hit his post before the break. The game was put to bed by Mark Duggan’s backhand strike in the second half and a corner flick from Michael Fulham.
Over at Newpark, the Blackrock school were the star turn with a 4-0 win over Sandford Park in the semi-final before beating St Columba’s – 3-0 winners over Sutton Park in their semi – 3-0 in the final playoff with Ben Schutte, Ewan Ramsay and Tom Brophy the scorers.
It means the two sides go on to the national stage where they will join pre-qualified Wesley College, St Andrew’s and High School.
They join Munster sides Ashton, Villiers and Bandon who finished in the top three places at their qualifiers last week. Ashton won all four of their games with Villiers and Bandon winning two each and drawing 1-1 with each other.
All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships – Leinster qualifiers
Group 1: Mount Temple 2 (A O’Malley, M Nowakowski) Kilkenny College 0; King’s Hospital 0 Kilkenny College 2 (L Glass, D Coffey); Mount Temple 4 (D O’Brien, M Nowakowski, M Duggan, M Fulham) King’s Hospital 1 (M Sweetnam)
Group 2, semi-finals: Sandford Park 0 Newpark 4 (L Adams 2, E Ramsay, C Gallagher); St Columba’s 3 (E Geyer 2, S Cooper) Sutton Park 0
Final: Newpark (B Schutte, E Ramsay, T Brophy) 3 St Columba’s 0