Wesley continued their Leinster School's senior cup hoodoo over St Andrew's this afternoon at Grange Road, making the most of their chances to overturn last October's All-Ireland school's final result.
The final itself was a classic schoolboy's final, both sides throwing caution to the wind and attacking with pace and purpose. The Booterstown school took just 30 seconds to win the game's first corner while Carl Eggert got his first chance from a set-piece 120 seconds later.
The game zipped from end-to-end, though clear openings shy to appear. A case in point was Conor Motyer's excellent run snuffed out just at the crucial point by Richard Sykes outstretched stick.
Sam O'Leary went closest to breaking the deadlock but could only draw an incredible double-save from Kristian Fitzgerald. The Wesley skipper was key to Wesley's success on the day and he batted away O'Leary's pair of travelling high efforts.
Laurenz von Eickstedt was another to go close but, after bullying his way into the D, could send his shot just wide of the right post.
The second half started much the same way - lots of pace and aggression shown but carefully constructed play came at a premium. One to break the mould, Stephen Cole's delightful overhead almost saw Davy Carson nick a cheeky goal but for Fitzgerald's pace off his line before Cole set up Loughrey - the pair both hoping to emulate their younger brothers who won the minor title - for a free forehand shot but to no avail.
Wesley soaked up the pressure, David McCrea and Peter English the twin towers at the back, and began to threaten on the break. Rovers' clubmates Tom Samuel and Kyle Good's neat interchange was a statement of intent.
And Samuel's next incision found the goal as he reached the endline. His pull-back did not reach it's intended target but scrambled through two sticks to leave Motyer with the simplest of chances from one yard.
The atmosphere heightened, English was sent to the bin for a tough challenge on Stephen Cole form which Scott Wilkie took Sykes' effort out of harm's way before the Andrew's defender followed into the sin-bin for his foul on Good.
During the 10-v-10 period, Luke Chadwick pouched the game's decisive goal. The midfielder was a major presence throughout and it was his steal and surge that played in Carl Eggert one on one with Stephen West.
West won the battle but Wesley won the war as his stick-save at the top of the circle fell to Chadwick who got the ball clear on the left edge of the circle and struck a sublime reverse the opposite side of the goal to the covering defenders for 2-0.
Just 12 minutes remained and while the Saints threw everything at Wesley, they were unable to narrow the margin and with men committed forward, Carl Eggert rounded off a third breakaway goal to complete victory and secure five-in-a-row for Wesley.
Wesley: Kristian Fitzgerald, Neal Megarity, Peter English, Scott Wilkie, Conor Motyer, Kyle Good, Carl Eggert, Jamie Tobin, Luke Chadwick, Robert Whelan,David McCrea Subs: Laurenz von Eickstedt, Robert Anderson, Daniel Gribben, Stuart Malcolm, Tom Samuel
St Andrew’s: Stephen West, Keith Kenning, Ben Murphy, Richard Sykes, Stuart Loughrey, Stephen Cole, David Cole, Sam O’Leary, Cian Speers (captain), David Carson, Jamie Haughton Subs: Jake Beirne, Rob McKenna, Alex Fox, Theo Kirwan, Mairtin Cronin