King’s Hospital claimed back-to-back Leinster Under-13 ‘A’ League titles as they won the title in a shoot-out for the second successive season.
While it went to a shootout, the format this time was one-on-ones rather than strokes that saw them prevail a year ago
Normal time was very tight with precious few chances to speak of.
KH’s goalkeeper Michael O’Leary was the man of the match, making good saves in normal time before playing the key role in the shoot-out, repelling four out of the five shuttles.
Alex Derrien – who has played for the Palmerstown school’s minors and juniors this season as a first year – was also a hero in sudden death. After the Andrew’s keeper saved his initial effort, he followed up to hammer it home for the winning score.
Most of the other competitions are hurtling toward the business end, too.
Sutton Park had a big victory over High School in the Junior Cup to advance to the semi-final stage against Wesley College, to be played today.
Dylan Eustace opened the scoring in a free-flowing first half, which saw the less-fancied Northsiders match a strong Rathgar-based side.
Two minutes into the second half, High School equalised and a see-saw battle with strong defence from Sutton Park led to the sides remaining level until full-time.
The shuttles were, as usual, nail-biting, but Sutton Park’s keeper Jorge Lopez-a recent convert to the vocation – proved to be the hero for hís school with two saves, leading to a 4-3 Victory for Sutton Park.
This Sutton team are also into the Junior ‘B’ League final on March 15 against St Kilian’s, having overcome Newpark, also via a shoot-out in their last-four showdown.
The group game between Sutton Park and St Kilian’s was a humdinger of a tie so there should be nothing between the two sides in the decider.
The Sutton Park Under-13s have also qualified for the ‘B’ League final, beating Newpark in the semi-final with Liam Walsh the star player as he bagged all five goals. Sutton will face Kilkenny – victors over St Kilian’s – in the final.
Kilian’s, for their part, are also through to the Junior Cup semi-finals where they will come up against opponents St Andrew’s.
They were comprehensive 8-0 winners over Sandford Park in their quarter-final. Clonskeagh outfit Kilian’s previously eliminated St Columba’s College 3-0 in their opening round fixture.