Judge and Walker’s stroke heroics once again as schoolboy season sees finals galore

Leinster Schoolboys Senior Cup final
St Andrew’s 1 (B Walker) High School 1 (C Adair), St Andrew’s win 4-2 on strokes

Nick Judge and Ben Walker combined for a second time this season to hand St Andrew’s a piece of silverware in a penalty stroke competition.

Judge saved twice in the shoot-out before Walker planted the winning effort for a 4-2 win after normal time had ended 1-1, the exact same combination of events that saw them win the All-Ireland Championships last October against Wesley.

It completed a treble for Andrew’s, adding to their Whiteside Trophy success, and their seventh senior cup success since 2010.

For High School, they put in a superb showing in their first ever Senior Cup final with captain Alex Flynn brilliant at the base of their defence. Calum Adair put them in front with a penalty corner rebound with 11 minutes to go after Alex O’Regan’s initial drag-flick hit a body on the line.

Walker equalised quickly, however, with a near post touch to Ben Mannion’s cross from a cleverly worked long corner move, started by Matteo Romoli. That leveller earned them extra time and ultimate success.

At Minor level, meanwhile, Andrew’s also prevailed with a 2-1 victory over St Kilian’s who were playing in their first ever A cup final at any age group.

At Minor level, St Andrew’s also won, getting the better of St Kilian’s 2-1. It was an historic day, nonetheless, for the Clonskeagh school who were playing in their first ever cup final.

From the start St Andrews had St Kilians under pressure and scored from a short corner after 10 minutes with Jamie Forbes netting from a corner rebound.

It remained that way into half time but Kilian’s started the second half in superb fashion. From the tip off, they broke forward and right back Michael Brennan drilled a rocket of a ball from the 22 across the circle which was deflected high into the roof of the net by left wing Hugh Harnett to level the game at 1-1.

From there, it was end to end until the last ten minutes when Andrew’s upped the pressure, winning several short corners. St Kilian’s keeper Daniel Sherran was brilliant and saved all the drags.

But with two minutes to go, from another set piece, Daniel Wann got a great deflection to Callum Hewitt’s drag for the winner in a superbly contested final. Both schools now look forward to the Waring Cup finals day.

In the league finals, King’s Hospital secured a couple of titles, most notable securing the Under-13 A league crown with a strokes win over Wesley College.

They had narrowly missed out on the cup crown a week before. This time around, Sean Lynch’s goal had given them a 1-1 draw in normal time before winning the shoot-out 3-0.

In tbe Minor C league, Daniel Burke and Cian O’Dowd scored the goals for KH’s B team as they edged out High School’s Bs 2-1.

At Junior level, Wesley were too strong for Kilkenny College in the B final with Ewan Walsh, Tom Power, Adam Galbraith, Ben Cullen, Craig McKay, and Daniel Plunkett all scoring. Newpark won the Junior C league final 1-0 against Kings Hos.

Leinster Schoolboys finals: St Andrew’s 1 (B Walker) High School 1 (C Adair), St Andrew’s win 4-2 on strokes
Minor Cup final: St Andrew’s 2 (J Forbes, D Wann) St Kilian’s 1 (H Harnett)

Junior C League final: Newpark 1 King’s Hospital 0
Minor C League final: King’s Hospital 2 High School 1
Under-13 A League final: Wesley 1 King’s Hospital 1, KH win 3-0 on strokes
Under-13 B League final: High School 3 Sutton Park 0

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