Schools finals still coming thick and fast

Schoolgirls and boys round-up:
In the North Dublin schoolgirl’s leagues, Mount Temple took the big title as they won the Senior Premier crown in dramatic circumstances, Nicola Taylor nabbing a golden goal winner against Santa Sabina.

Siobhan Woods gave the Sutton-based school the lead in the ninth minute, capitalising on a defensive error. And they kept Temple quiet until deep in the first half, only a flurry of corners just before the break belatedly threatening.

But the second half was more favourable to the Clontarf school as Hayley Manning scored from a goal-mouth scramble to level with seven minutes left and force extra-time, though only after Evelyn Dawkins pulled off a superb stick-save late in the day.

In a nervy extra-time, Taylor was the most alert to rob a defender and coolly grab the winner to keep the title on the Malahide road for another year.

The school’s Senior B side, meanwhile, got the better of Holy Faith, Clontarf 4-2 in their Senior B final. They came from a goal behind, too, with goals from Elizabeth Grainger’s double allied to Katie Lynch and Aisling Burke’s strikes.

On the boy’s side, St Killians created a little bit of history on Wednesday when they contested a first ever ‘A’ final when they fronted up against St Andrew’s.

It was not to be a first title as they missed out 2-1 but they can draw huge encouragement from their year, especially their semi-final 3-1 success against Wesley College.

They raced out of the blocks that day, building a 3-0 advantage. Three minutes in, Nathan Cawley’s quick free created the first as he found Luca Frischauf who offloaded to Samuel Hegner to sweep a lovely ball to Dan Raymond to score.

Tom Nisus got the second, robbing a ball high up the field and picked his spot and, after plenty of Wesley pressure, he popped up again for an imposing half-time advantage.

Wesley got one back in the second period but they were unable to further break down the Clonskea school’s defences, giving Killian’s a big day out, showing the progression the school is making under the tutelage of coach Tom Parsons.

On Wednesday this week, meanwhile, Mount Temple got the better of St Columba’s in the Junior B and U-13 B league finals.

Temple’s 1st year team, led by John Mullins, got a breakthrough midway through the first half when Christian Bauer bounced a shot into the goal.

Columba’s came back strong, making it 1-1 at half-time but first touches of the game for subs Adam O’Brien and Sean Lillefosse combined for an excellent goal and Darragh O’Flaherty’s first goal for Mount Temple completed a 3-1 win in which left-back Sean Jacob picked up the man of the match nomination.

At junior level in Booterstown, another Mullins, John’s older brother Kevin, led the team to victory. They were made to weather a Columba’s storm early on before taking the lead from a Mullins’ penalty corner.

And a run of five goals within 15 minutes from Matthew Dawkins, Sean Cassidy, Matthew Owen, Robert Duggan, and Andrew Jameison-Murphy were key to the win.

The second half was a tighter affair with the score at the final whistle 8 3 to Mount Temple, Andrew Lambe and Jameison-Murphy adding the goals.

North Dublin Schoolgirl League finals:
First Year Premier:
Mount Temple 0 Santa Sabina 1; Minor Premier: KH 2 Mount Temple 0; Junior Premier: KH 1 Santa Sabina 0; Senior Premier: Mt Temple 2 Santa Sabina 1

Leinster Schoolboy League finals:
U-13 Boys A League final:
St Andrews 2 St Killians 1; U-13 B final: Mount Temple 3 St Columba’s 1; Junior B: Mount Temple 8 St Andrews 3

Schoolboy final fixtures:
Senior A league:
St Andrews vs Wesley, 2pm, Booterstown; Senior B league: Dundalk vs Newpark/High School, 3.30pm; Minor A league: St Andrews vs Wesley, 3.30pm, High school; Minor B league: Mount Temple vs St Killians

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