St Andrew’s claim fourth title

St Andrew’s claimed their fourth All-Ireland Schoolboys title, their experience proving too much for Wesley College in yesterday’s final at Lisnagarvey.

Final quarter goals from David Nolan and Lee Cole were decisive, knocking on the head Wesley’s attempted comeback after Ian Stewart cancelled out Jordan Larmour’s opening goal.

They were deserving winners, Cole – son of former Irish international Didi – central to matters, while skipper Mark Loughrey was imperious at the back before his departure due to injury. The real drama came in the semi-finals, where Munster’s great hopes Ashton were left shell-shocked by Wesley.

David Hobbs’ side were cruising at 2-0 up at half-time thanks to goals from Munster U18 pair Richard Sweetnam and Philip Brownlow. But Kirk Shimmins’ amazing 60-metre solo effort started a remarkable Wesley comeback that saw them win 4-2 against the shell-shocked Cork boys.

In the other semi-final, St Andrew’s went four goals up on holders Banbridge Academy but when switched off to allow the Down men back into it, only to eventually prevail 5-3 to end Bann’s two-year title rein.

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