Thursday, February 4, 2010

High School, Kilkenny and Columba's through

Leinster Schoolboy's Senior Trophy, quarter-finals
John Scottus 0 Kilkenny College 3 (Eddie Healy, Jeremy Duncan, Eamann Walsh); High School 5 Mount Temple 5; High School won 4-3 on strokes; St Columba's 2 (Ross Canning 2) Dundalk GS 0 aet
Kilkenny, High School and St Columba's advanced to the semi-finals of the Senior School's Trophy this week to join Sutton Park in the last four of the inaugural running of the competition and are one step away from the Senior Cup.

The Cats got through with a hard fought victory over John Scottus at Serpentine Avenue yesterday, making most of the attacking play as they pinned John Scottus back. Evan Mathews drew a fine save from a drag flick from Scottus keeper Peter Collins from a short corner in the 15th minute.

And he was again called into action when Eamann Walsh was put through one on one but saved well once again. The visitors continued to dominate though there were fleeting breaks from John Scottus skipper Andy Dunne.

With less than 30 seconds left in the first half, Kilkenny broke the deadlock when Mathews played a great ball into the circle for Eddie Healy to score despite the best efforts of Collins. The second half was played at a lower pace with few chances from each side but goals from Jeremy Duncan and Eamann Walsh proved the highlight.

Kilkenny now go on to face St Columba's in the last four who overcame Dundalk GS after extra-time. Ross Canning struck two great goals in time added on push the Whitechurch school through after a fixture in which both sides defended like demons.

Last Thursday, High School reached the semi-finals in one of the most memorable school ties in living memories, prevailing on penalty strokes after a stunning 5-5 draw with Mount Temple at Danum
It was a truly remarkable tie with Temple scoring in the last minute of normal time to tie the game at 3-3 before falling two behind in extra-time only to score twice in the last 90 seconds and force penalties.

In both instances, the Clontarf’s school’s coach Gareth Borland sacrificed his goalkeeper Senan O’Mahony to sub on an extra forward. It led to some truly bizarre scenes, notably when Shane O'Donoghue was hacked down with an open goal gaping.

He was awarded a penalty corner but his dissent meant the decision was overturned and a sin-binning ensued from which Temple went up the pitch to forge their second incredible comeback.

But Stewart Williamson held his nerve to slot the vital penalty in a 3-2 result and gift High School a place in the semi-final where they will play Sutton Park , conquerors of Sandford Park .

The hosts had started the stronger with Mark Evans opening the scoring only for Mark Ryan and Andrew Hare to put the northsiders in front. O’Donoghue and Guy Prendergast, though, put High School in the box seat as normal time entered its final minute.

Desperate times saw Borland take his first desperate measure and immediately drew dividends when Adam Merry – the first round extra-time hero against King’s Hospital – popped up to make it 3-3 in the last seconds.

But the Rathgar school looked set to advance when O’Donoghue again scored and Stuart Gray put two between the sides for the first time in the game. But Temple produced their incredible comeback with Mark Ryan to the fore only to have their wings clipped in the penalty competition.

Senior B: Wesley B 4 St Mark’s 1
Junior Cup: Mount Temple 3 King’s Hospital 1
Junior A: Wesley 6 Newpark 0
Junior B: Wesley 0 Dundalk 3
Minor B: High School 0 Drogheda 0
U-13 Cup: Mount Temple 7 Dundalk 0
U-13 B: Wesley 3 Dundalk 0; Mount Temple 5 St Columba’s 2; Mount Temple 1 Sandford Park 0; St Killians 1 (Jake McCarthy) Sandford Park 0
U-13 C: St Killians 0 St Andrews C 0

* Details from the John Scottus vs Kilkenny match from Marcos Blake.


Anonymous said...

any results on th Junior cup matches please

Stephen Findlater said...

If readers have any further info from any of the Cups, please email me on



Anonymous said...

from those 4 id put money on kilkenny winning it....

Anonymous said...

any news on senior cup girls? i heard it was a thrilling match between geards and muckross. mount anville and foxrock play this saturday, whoever wins is set to play muckross is the quater finals. do you know when the alex beaufort match is on?

Anonymous said...

Did Wesley and Andrews get knocked out of the senior cup or what happened them/

Stephen Findlater said...

For all the info, read the last two paragraphs of this article:

Wesley and St Andrew's, as last year's finalists, have been placed in the semi-finals of the Senior Cup proper and will face the finalists from this Trophy event. The two cup finalists will then go on to play in the John Waring tournament, set to be played in late March.

Anonymous said...

Alex beaufort match is on the saturday at 11 in alex

Anonymous said...

Newpark v Mount temple jun cup quarter final is to take place on 22nd feb

Anonymous said...

Surely this victory just raises the question of why aren't High School in the a league again

Anonymous said...

Junior Cup:
St Andrews 4 Dundalk 0

Anonymous said...

Dundalk seniors avenged their earlier trophy defeat when it was St. Colombus turn to travel with a weakened team on Friday 5th Feb. D.G.S. attacked from the first whistle notching up 5 goals without reply by half time. The senior B match finished 6-0 with Simon Mc Keever, the Grammar hero scoring a well taken hatrick.

Anonymous said...

it was an unbelievable game the one with highschool. High schools back 4 were all over the shop. On the day highschool deserved to win.

1 other thing well done to the mount temple goalkeeper who made a world class save denying shane o donoghue his flick!

Next for highschool : sutton park away thursday 11/2/10 at 3 o clock

Anonymous said...

It was Sam Williamson who scored the winning penalty for High School. Great game to watch