Thursday, October 22, 2009

Wesley cruise into semi-finals

Wesley became the first confirmed semi-finalist of the All-Ireland schoolboy's as they got the better of Sullivan Upper 5-1 to round out an impressive opening series of Group D games.

Kyle Good (right) and Peter English brought their respective goal totals up to sixth as both players scored twice while Shane Madeley was also on target for his third strike in three games as the Ballinteer outfit march to the last four.

They will play Banbridge Academy in the semi-finals after the Co Down school struck twice in the last ten minutes in their crunch game against Bandon GS to top Group C with a 100pc record, winning 4-2. Darren Sweetnam and Fionn O'Leary had earlier tied the game up at 2-2.  Mount Temple finished what was a major learning curve for their young side with a 5-0 defeat to Campbell College. They hit the post three times in the first half before tiring in the second half.

Sutton Park, meanwhile, completed their group D matches with a 1-0 defeat to Raphoe. St Andrew's relinquished their hold on the title when they went down 3-1 to Wallace in their third group B game to finish third in their group while their opponents progress to the semi-finals. Midleton lost out to Cookstown 2-1 to round out the group.

Ashton completed the semi-final line-up when Peter Daunt scored the only goal of the game to beat Friends in Group A and they will now face Wallace HS in the semi-finals. Kilkenny picked up their first win of the competition with a 4-2 triumph over Kilkeel.

Round three results:
Group A: Ashton 1 Friends 0; Kilkenny 4 Kilkeel 2
Group B: St Andrew's 0 Wallace 4; Midleton 1 Cookstown 2
Group C: Banbridge 4 Bandon GS 2; Mount Temple 0 Campbell 5
Group D: Raphoe 1 Sutton Park 0; Wesley 5 Sullivan Upper 1

Final group standings:
Group A: 1. Ashton 9pts (+6) 2. 6pts (+6) 3. Kilkenny 3pts (-1) 4. Kilkeel 0pts (-11)
Group B: 1. Wallace 9pts (+8) 2. Midleton 3pts (-3) 3. St Andrews 3pts (-4) 4. Cookstown 3pts (-5)
Group C: 1. Banbridge 9pts (+17) 2. Bandon 6pts (+5) 3. Mount Temple 3pts (-10) 4. Campbell 0pts (-12)
Group D: 1. Wesley 9pts (+16) 2. Sullivan Upper 6pts (0) 3. Raphoe 3pts (-3) 4. Sutton Park 0pts (-13)

Semi-final draw (both to be played at 9.30am at Campbell College):
Wesley College vs Banbridge Academy; Ashton vs Wallace HS

* Northern Irish photography agency, Presseye, has been taking quite a few pics at the All-Ireland Schoolboy's competition. Pictures from Mount Temple vs Banbridge and Wallace vs Midleton can be found here; pics from Campbell vs Banbridge can be seen here and Sullivan vs Royal and Prior are here.


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Anonymous said...

any news on the semifinal pairings?

Stephen Findlater said...

The draw will be made at 6pm.

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Anonymous said...

Wesley vs Banbridge and Wallace vs Ashton are the semi-final matches

Anonymous said...

Go on Wesley!