Senior Boys Leinster League Final
Wesley College retained the Leinster Schoolboys Senior League Final as they produced an excellent shoot-out, winning 3-1 on a beautiful spring day, played out in an exciting atmosphere at St. Columba’s.
It was a cagey affair during the opening exchanges with mistakes by both teams. Two early penalty corners for The High School were blocked swiftly. The first by Euan Mackay in the Wesley goal and the second was run down by Fionn Marriott.
Wesley won a short corner on the counter attack which started deep within their own half. Ben O’Grady’s drag flick was safely parried away. Wesley sat deep for most of the half and absorbed pressure as the Rathgar side won a number of corners which were kept at bay, notably when Scott Ruttle deflected a Harry Lynch drag over the bar.
The second half started with an elevated tempo as both teams sat deep and looked to spring counters from the halfway line. Josh Greaney led several Wesley charges at one end while a sharp chance fell to Calum Adair, with his deflection hitting the side-netting for the Rathgar outfit.
The game slowed down and chances became hard to come by as time wore on. Again, The High School had more corners blocked by Fionn Marriott and Max Gallagher.
Extra time saw Wesley have two counter attacks with both Tom Power and Ben Adams unlucky to put their backhand chances over the bar. The High School ended the second half of extra time with a corner which was again cleared by Euan Mackay, paving the way for a shoot-out.
And the goalkeeper produced a series of immaculate saves in the deciding series, denying Ali Empey and Harry Lynch – twice following a retake – in the opening two rounds.
Ben O’Grady slipped home the first for Wesley in round one while Adam Galbraith audaciously soloed the ball, hurling style, to flip over The High School goalie but only onto the bar. He had the presence of mind to chase the rebound and wallop it into the backboard, making it 2-0 after the second round.
Evan Jennings got one back for The High School to keep them in it but Josh Greaney stepped up to put away his, making it 3-1. Once again, Mackay saved the fourth High School effort, sparking big celebrations for the Ballinteer boys.
Well done to all the team and coaches, for their hard work over the season. It was a nail-biting performance, that kept all the spectators entertained throughout.
Well done to the Minor A’s who beat King’s Hospital to progress to the semi-finals of the Cup. Despite a poor first half, the girls came out fighting in the second half, taking control of the game and scored a well-worked short corner. Mikayla Power finishing off a 1-2 with Ella Power.
Well done to all those who took part in the Leinster cross country event this week. The Minor boys ran superbly, placing 2nd as a team with Jamie Byrne finishing 2nd overall. Well done to Adam Nunan who also ran a great race in the Junior competition along with Holly Micklem, Alannah Doherty and Emma Paul who ran for the Senior Girls.
The U-14 A and B XV’s maintained their unbeaten record in 2019 with two highly competitive victories over Castleknock College on the last Wednesday before the mid-term break.
The A XV won 29-5. In a tight first half, Wesley led 7-0 at the break before coming in to their own in the second half. Well done to Ed Collins who scored twice, and to Matthew Fitzpatrick, Milo Campbell and Ferdia Spain who added further tries. Peter Montgomery added a further four points off the tee with two conversions.
The B XV won fourth game on the trot with a 26-17 win against Castleknock College. Well done to Zhengjun Wang who scored twice, and to Ciaran Lai and Joe Daly who also crossed over for five points. Ruarc Mullarkey had a successful day off the tee, kicking three of his four conversions.
The C XV produced an extremely encouraging performance but lost out 26-36 against the same opposition. Notable performances came from Tom Gaughan and Andrew Kerr who three of the teams four tries in this game. Well done to Oliver Morris who slotted three of his four conversions in this game.