St Andrew’s U-14s completed the treble as they claimed the revamped John Wating All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships in Lisnagarvey on goal difference from Sutton Park.
There was little to separate the pair all season and, in the end, the national title went down to the very last at the six-team tournament.
The competition itself was a new innovation, switching the John Waring title from Senior to U-14 level as the former already competed in a 16-team All-Ireland event this season, thus reducing the volume of games.
It did take on the same format, though, with the cup finalists at this age group from Ulster, Munster and Leinster taking part in a round-robin event.
Banbridge Academy took the early impetus with a 2-1 victory over Wallace High School, a repeat of the Ulster final.
Sam Hohn’s double and one each from Andrew Fogarty and David Nolan gave St Andrew’s a 4-0 success to start their campaign in style against east Cork side Midleton College.
Sutton began with a 1-1 draw against Ashton before adding a 2-1 win over Banbridge to move back into contention. Andrew’s, meanwhile drew twice in succession – first with Bann and then 0-0 with Sutton.
Fogarty and Nolan got them back on track, though, in a 2-1 success over Wallace HS to hold pole-position going into the final round of matches.
Sutton moved level with them on points when Aodan Fee knocked in the only goal of a win over Wallace, leaving both side on eight points with a game to play.
But Andrew’s had three goals in the bank on goal difference, meaning that if they succeeded against basement-side Ashton, then Sutton would need a big success against Midleton.
As it transpired, both Leinster sides were 1-0 winners over their Munster counterparts with Geoff Cole on the mark for the Saints while Sutton were again indebted to Fee.
Following last month’s extra-time battle for the minor cup final in their provincial decider, it was another close call for Sutton but Andrew’s were once again celebrating with Jazze Henry raising the John Waring title.
John Waring All-Ireland U-14 Schoolboy Championships: Banbridge Academy 2 (C Kennedy, J McKee) Wallace HS 1 (R Getty); St Andrew’s 4 (S Hohn 2, A Fogarty, D Nolan) Midleton College 0; Ashton School 1 (C Buttimer) Sutton Park 1 (G O’Brien); Banbridge 0 St Andrews 0; Wallace 2 (R Getty, J Scott) Midleton 1 (A Burns); Sutton Park 2 (G O’Brien 2) Banbridge 1 (J McKee); Ashton 2 (S Wolfe 2) Wallace 0; Ashton 1 (S Wolfe) Midleton 1 (R Johnson); St Andrew’s 0 Sutton Park 0; Ashton 0 Banbridge 3 (S Farson 2, J McKee); St Andrew’s 2 (A Fogarty, D Nolan) Wallace 1 (A Nye); Sutton Park 1 (A Fee) Wallace 0; Midleton 0 Banbridge 3 (S Farson 2, M Hurst); St Andrew’s 1 (G Cole) Ashton 0; Sutton Park 1 (A Fee) Midleton 0
Final standings: 1. St Andrew’s 11pts (+6) 2. Sutton Park 11pts (+3) 3. Banbridge Academy 10pts (+6) 4. Ashton 5pts (-2) 5. Wallace 3pts (-4) 6. Midleton (-9)
Leinster Senior Schoolboy’s Shield final: Newpark 4 Dundalk GS 3
U-13 Schoolboy’s A League final: St Andrews 3 Wesley College 1
** Dundalk Grammar retained the Meath and North Leinster junior schoolgirl’s title in Skerries last week when they got the better of Wilson’s Hospital 2-1.
The first half saw the Co Louth school enjoy the edge; indeed they gave notice of their intent in winning a corner inside two minutes of the first whistle but they were stung on the break to trail 1-0 at half-time. But they got back on terms five minutes from the end of normal time when Sarah Rowntree fired home.
It forced extra-time which almost went the distance but Elizabeth Flood who conjured a winner 30 seconds before the end of the additional period.
In the same week, Wilson’s did manage to annex the Senior title when they got the better of St. Joseph’s Convent of Mercy, Navan. Again it required extra-time before a winner was forthcoming but Wilson’s grabbed the sole strike for a 1-0 win.
Meath and North Leinster League Schoolgirl’s Senior Final: Wilson’s Hospital 1 St Joseph’s Convent of Mercy, Navan 0
Junior final: Dundalk Grammar 2 Wilson’s Hospital 1