High School retain boys Junior A league crown

High School retained the Leinster boys Junior A league title with a 4-1 win over St Andrew’s in the final held at Wesley College on Wednesday afternoon.

The Booterstown school got off to a great start, scoring inside the first 15 minutes when they punished a defensive error. Evan Jennings equalised with a reverse-stick effort and High School were on top for the remainder of the first half, going ahead before the break via Harry Lynch.

The High School Junior A league winning side

In a golden spell just after half-time, Lynch scored his second before Ciaran Adair made it 4-1 with 20 minutes to play. Andrew’s did get back into the game and started to get on top, winning four corners but goalkeeper Ben Whelan showed composure – along with Ross Howard, Lynch and Jennings – to help close out the victory.

Andrew’s were celebrating this week, though, as their senior team claimed their second piece of silverware, adding the Whiteside Trophy to the All-Ireland won before Christmas.

The Whiteside victory came with a game to spare as they ran up a comprehensive 4-0 win over Ashton. All the goals came in the second half with Ryan Spencer, Sam Byrne, Riley Marchant and Riain McDonald all getting in on the act.

In the Senior Trophy, Tom Cole and Matthew Sweetnam netted for King’s Hospital to see them win a close run 2-1 second round victory over St Columba’s, earning a date against Newpark in the semis on Friday afternoon. Newpark were 4-0 winners against St Kilian’s.

Mount Temple won 5-1 against Sandford Park to put them through to the semi-finals where they will play either High School, Sutton Park or Kilkenny College.

In the Junior Cup, Kings Hos won 6-0 against Templecarrig and Wesley beat Mount Temple 6-1 in the round one games played to date.

In Munster, Newtown beat Midleton 4-2, earning the place in the final against Limerick’s Villiers who saw off Bandon 4-1.

Leinster Schoolboys results
Junior A League final: High School 4 (H Lynch 2, E Jennings, C Adair) St Andrews 1
Whiteside Trophy: St Andrew’s 4 (R Spencer, S Byrne, R Marchant, R McDonald) Ashton 0

Senior Trophy, second round: King’s Hospital 2 (T Cole, M Sweetnam) St Columba’s 1; Newpark 4 St Kilian’s 0; Mount Temple 5 Sandford Park 1

Junior Cup, first round: Mount Temple 1 Newpark 6; Temple Carrig 0 King’s Hospital 6
Minor Cup, first round: Temple Carrig 0 Mount Temple 3; Newpark 2 St Columba’s 3; King’s Hospital 6 Dundalk GS 0
Under-13 Cup, first round: East Glendalough 0 Kings Hospital 6; Sandford Park 0 Taney 5

Munster Cup semi-final: Newtown 4 Midleton 2; Villiers 4 Bandon 1

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