King’s Hospital’s minors capped an incredible season by winning the Leinster premier league, the school’s first Leinster trophy in 25 years.
After three defeats and two draws in their first five matches this season, the team then went on an incredible run, the only blip being a loss in a shoot-out to Loreto Foxrock in the first round of the Minor Cup.
A rare win for the school against Alexandra College provided the platform for the league campaign that saw them as the only side to take points off group winners Mount Anville with a home draw.
A hectic end to the season saw the team needing to win two league games after half term to qualify for the semi-final. Rathdown (4-0) and Loreto Stephens Green (3-0) were negotiated with Isabella Dunlop scoring a hat trick in the latter.
This set up a league semi-final with Muckross in which Dunlop netted twice in a 2-1 win. Before the league final with Foxrock – who had shocked Mt Anville in the semi – the team had the Minor plate final to contend with. Tilly Walsh grabbed the only goal of that game, which was played on the back pitch at Three Rock.
Such was the commitment of the team, they returned to Three Rock that very night to train on the front pitch in preparation for the final.
Their consistent improvement through the season showed as they dominated chunks of the final, taking the lead 10 minutes into the second half when Georgie Connolly Carew scored from close range.
A post final whistle corner was survived and KH could celebrate a famous win.
KH Minors: E R Brennan, K Ormsby, K Hesnan, P Nicholson, R Doyle, K Edghill, N McMenamy, I Dunlop, G Adams, S Lynch, P Morerya, J Halpin, A Sweetnam, G Connolly-Carew, T Walsh, R Hughes, J Dempsey