Andrew’s push for four continues; Wesley, Bandon and Banbridge through, too

St Andrew’s, Wesley, Banbridge Academy and Bandon will contest the Subway All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships semi-finals following a dramatic second day of competition in Belfast.

Banbridge will meet Bandon in Friday’s semi-finals while Wesley play St Andrew’s at 9.30am, hoping to earn a place in the final which is at 2.30pm in Shawsbridge.

St Andrew's James Walker. Pic: Adrian Boehm

St Andrew’s James Walker. Pic: Adrian Boehm

For Andrew’s, their push to become the first school to win the Tasmanian Shield for a fourth season in succession was tested to the fullest by Wallace HS but a James Walker strike ultimately saw them through.

A 7-3 win over RBAI was followed by an 8-0 success over Waterford side Newtown. Wallace, though, matched them step for step in Group A to also build a +12 goal difference from their first two games.

It set up a cracking final game between last year’s finalists and, like then, Wallace got off to a great start with Jacob Hermon scoring twice for a 2-1 lead, countering Patrick Temperley’s effort. Andrew’s, though, were level by half-time and Walker finished off a corner for the crucial goal in a 3-2 win that puts them through.

Wesley’s path through to the semi-finals was perhaps the most comfortable. A 5-0 win over Regent House on day one was followed by a 6-1 success against Ashton. They needed just a point from their final game against Friends but netted twice in each half for a 4-0 success and progression.

In Group C, Banbridge Academy twice produced late goals to scrape their way into the playoff games. Against St Columba’s, they trailed 3-2 to a pair of Eckart Geyer goals adding to one from Fred Morris. Kyle Marshall equalised, though, with just a couple of minutes remaining and Mark Barlow snatched a winner on the final whistle.

That was their second win of the group, a similar tally to Mount Temple who beat Columba’s 4-1 and then saw off Royal & Prior 3-2. Their tie was level at 1-1 and 2-2 with Rob Duggan making it equal at half-time with a corner goal.
It remained that way until eight minutes from time before Jake Rowe held his nerve to convert a penalty stroke. Joel Reid then slotted the final goal for a 4-2 success and a semi spot.

Bandon GS will be the Munster representative in the final four after they produced a 4-1 win over Sullivan Upper in Group D. An earlier 3-3 draw against High School for the west Cork side had seen them sit two points off Sullivan going into that final game. But they produced a superb performance to earn the all-important top spot.

Group A
St Andrews 7 RBAI 3; Wallace HS 7 Newtown School 0
Thursday: St Andrew’s 8 Newtown 0; Wallace 5 RBAI 0; St Andrew’s 3 Wallace 2; Newtown 3 RBAI 2
Standings: 1. St Andrews 9pts (+13) 2. Wallace 6pts (+11) 3. Newtown 3pts (-14) 4. RBAI 0pts (-10)

Group B
Wesley 5 Regent House 0; Ashton 1 Friends School 0
Thursday: Friends 6 Regent House 0; Wesley 6 Ashton 1; Wesley 4 Friends 0; Ashton 1 Regent 0
Standings: 1. Wesley 9pts (+14) 2. Ashton 6pts (-3) 3. Friends 4pts (+1) 3. 4. Regent House 0pts (-12)

Group C:
Banbridge Academy 5 Royal & Prior 1; St Columba’s 1 Mount Temple 4
Thursday: Banbridge Academy 4 St Columbas 3; Mount Temple 3 Royal & Prior 2; Royal & Prior 4 St Columba’s 2; Mount Temple 2 Banbridge 4
Standings: 1. Banbridge 9pts (+7) 2. Mount Temple 6pts (+2) 3. Royal & Prior 4pts (-3) 4. St Columba’s 0pts (-6)

Group D
Sullivan Upper 12 Cookstown 1; Bandon 3 High School 3
Thursday: Sullivan Upper 5 High School 0; Bandon 5 Cookstown 2; High School 5 Cookstown 2; Bandon 4 Sullivan Upper 1
Standings: 1. Bandon GS 7pts (+6) 2. Sullivan Upper 6pts (+13) 3. High School 4pts (-2) 4. Cookstown 0pts (-17)

Friday, October 23
Semi Finals:
9.30am – Shawsbridge & Queens
Final: 2.30pm – Shawsbridge

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