All four groups in the All-Ireland Schoolboys championships will go down to direct showdowns in the final group games to decide who takes up the semi-final spots on offer.
In Pool A, Wesley and Banbridge Academy will lock horns yet again with both having beaten Kilkenny College and Bangor in their two games to date. The two side meet at Queen’s at 3.30pm with the winner going through.
In Pool B, it’s a similar situation with High School and Sullivan Upper edging out Newpark and Regent House with precious little between the sides in any of the games to date. Their meeting takes place at 2pm at Shaw’s Bridge.
Pool C is the only one with a clear leader with reigning champions St Andrew’s on two wins from two, Jamie Pullen’s double earning a 2-0 win over Ashton while a 7-1 win over RBAI means they need just a draw against Wallace. The Lisburn school is next best placed with a win and a 3-3 draw on their card.
Newtown and Friends will contest for top spot in Pool D at 2pm in Queens. They have both beaten Methody and Villiers in their opening two games.
All-Ireland Schoolboys results
Pool A: Wesley 5 (B O’Grady 2, B Ryder, H Burns, F Marriott) Kilkenny 2 (M Neill, E McClure); Banbridge Academy 2 (E Rowe, H Lockhart) Bangor GS 0
Group B: High School 5 (A Empey 2, E Jennings, M Wright, E Breen) Newpark 4 (C Ramsay, E Rankin, L Adams, M Fahy); Sullivan Upper 3 (I Harte, D Erskine, M Willis) Regent House 2 (E Bell, C Tweedie)
Pool C: St Andrew’s 2 (J Pullen 2) Ashton 0; RBAI 0 Wallace HS 5 (T Chambers 3, A Clarke, B Clarke)
Pool D: Newtown 3 (B Johnson 2, S Johnson) Villiers 2 (S Lilburn, Q Eacrett); MCB 1 (M Campton) Friends School 4 (O Kidd 3, M Connor)
Thursday – morning results
Group A: Wesley 3 (M Gallagher, B O’Grady, J Greaney) Bangor 1 (C Thompson); Kilkenny 1 (M Neill) Banbridge 4 (P Campbell 2, E Rowe 2)
Standings: 1. Wesley 6pts (+5) 2. Banbridge Academy 6pts (+5) 3. Bangor 0pts (-4) 4. Kilkenny 0pts (-6)
Fixtures (both at 3.30pm): Bangor v Kilkenny; Banbridge v Wesley
Group B: Newpark 1 (L Adams) Sullivan Upper 2 (D Erskine, M Willis); Regent House 1 (D McClune); High School 3 (A Empey 2, R Howard)
Standings: 1. High School 6pts (+3) 2. Sullivan Upper 6pts (+2) 3. Newpark 0pts (-2) 4. Regent House 0pts (-3)
Fixtures (both at 2pm): The High School v Sullivan; Newpark v Regent, 2pm
Group C: St Andrew’s 7 (S Walker 3, Byrne 2, B Hickmott, J Filgas) RBAI 1 (H McNellis); Ashton 3 (P McCarthy, A Salter, L O’Donovan) Wallace 3 (J Lynch, T Chambers, B Clarke)
Standings: 1. St Andrew’s 6pts (+8) 2. Wallace 4pts (+5) 3. Ashton 1pt (-2) 4. RBAI 0pts (-11)
Fixtures (both at 3.30pm): RBAI v Ashton; St Andrew’s v Wallace
Group D: Friends School 5 (C Quinn 2,O Kidd, H Scott, R Johnston) Villiers 1 (C Ryan); Newtown 2 (B Johnson 2) MCB 1 (M Campton)
Standings: 1. Friends 6pts (+7) 2. Newtown 6pts (+2) 3. MCB 0pts (-4) 4. Villiers 0pts (-5)
Fixtures (both at 2pm): Friends’ v Newtown; MCB v Villiers