Leinster Schoolboys season reaching a crescendo

The Leinster schoolboys competition hit top gear in the coming weeks with the early Easter holidays meaning there will be a wealth of fixtures in quick succession for the top performers.

Wesley College meet St Columba’s on Friday afternoon at Whitechurch Park at 4.30pm for a place in the final of the Senior A League after both progressed through the group stages.

The Wesley senior side that reached the All-Ireland Schoolboys final

The Wesley senior side that reached the All-Ireland Schoolboys final

They will battle for the right to play St Andrew’s or High School, the latter of whom made it through thanks to a 3-2 playoff win Newpark. It came after Newpark’s 1-0 defeat to King’s Hospital which gave the Rathgar side a second chance after the two sides had drawn 2-2 to end level on points.

Newpark will now meet Kilkenny in the B league semi-finals with Mount Temple and St Andrew’s B the other tie. The finals for these ties are scheduled for Wednesday, February 3.

The junior and Under-13 league finals are on February 10 with the minor league finals on February 24.

The cups are also in full swing. In the Senior Trophy, King’s Hospital are into the final four thanks to a win over Sandford Park. St Columba’s play High School; St Kilian’s face Newpark and Mount Temple take on Kilkenny College for the remaining final four places.

The Whiteside Trophy, meanwhile, opened up somewhat with St Andrew’s falling 2-0 to Bandon last week to give Wesley a chance of closing the gap if they can win their group game against the Booterstown side.

Senior A League semi-finals:
Wesley v St Columba’s; St Andrew’s A v High School
Senior B League semi-finals: Newpark v Kilkenny; Mount Temple v St Andrew’s B
Junior A League semi-finals: Wesley A v Mount Temple; St Andrew’s v High School
Junior B League semi-finals: Wesley B v Kings Hospital/Sandford; Newpark v St Andrew’s B
Minor A League semi-finals: High School v St Andrew’s/St Kilian’s/St Columba’s; St Andrew’s/St Kilian’s/St Columba’s v Wesley A
Minor B League semi-finals: Mount Temple v King’s Hospital; Newpark v St Andrew’s/St Kilian’s/St Columba’s.
U-13 A League semi-finals: St Andrew’s A v Newpark; Wesley A v St Kilian’s
U-13 B League semi-finals: King’s Hospital/Sutton Park v St Andrew’s B; Wesley B v King’s Hospital/Sutton Park

League Finals
Wednesday, February 3 (Newpark)
Senior B Final:
Senior A Final: 3pm
All-Ireland/bronze medal playoff: 4.30pm

Wednesday, February 10 (St Andrew’s)
U-13 B final:
U-13 A Final: 3.05pm

St Columba’s
Junior B Final:
Junior A Final: 3.05pm

Wednesday, February 24 (Wesley College)
Minor B Final:
Minor A Final: 2.45pm

Senior Trophy, quarter-finals (to be played by January 29): St Columba’s v High School; King’s Hospital beat Sandford Park; St Kilian’s v Newpark; Mount Temple v Kilkenny College

Junior Cup draw
First round (by January 29):
St Columba’s v Newpark; Kilkenny v High School; Sandford Park v Sutton Park
Results: Mount Temple beat St Kilian’s;
Second round (by February 12): St Columba’s/Newpark v King’s Hospital; Dundalk v Kilkenny/High School; Mount Temple v St Andrew’s; Wesley v Sandford Park/Sutton Park

Minor Cup
First round:
Wesley v St Kilian’s; St Columba’s v High School; Kilkenny v Sandford Park; East Glendalough v Temple Carrig
Results: St Andrew’s beat Sutton Park; King’s Hospital beat Newpark
Second round: Wesley/St Kilian’s v St Columba’s/High School; Dundalk v Kilkenny/Sandford; St Andrew’s v Mount Temple; King’s Hospital v East Glendalough/Temple Carrig

Under-13 Cup
First round:
St Andrew’s v Newpark; Kilkenny v Sandford Park; East Glendalough v High School; Whitechurch v Temple Carrig
Results: St Kilian’s beat Dalkey; King’s Hospital beat St Columba’s; Wesley beat Mount Temple; Taney beat Dundalk
Second round: St Andrew’s/Newpark v St Kilian’s; Taney v King’s Hospital; Kilkenny/Sandford v East Glendalough/High School; Wesley v Whitechurch/Temple Carrig

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