Maurice Casey delights as Castleisland edge St Columb’s in nailbiting Schools Cup Final

Castleisland Community College closed out a nailbiting All-Ireland Schools U19B Boys Cup Final to beat St Columb’s of Derry 45-41 at the National Basketball Arena.
Maurice Casey delights as Castleisland edge St Columb’s in nailbiting Schools Cup Final

It was a two-possession game throughout the 40 minutes and the sides were still level with less than a minute remaining.

Castleisland coach Maurice Casey said: “It was a very tight game. We had two of our starters off the court at the end but the boys that came in did a job for me. It means a lot to basketball in the south-west. For our school, it’s been almost 10 years since we were here last so an All-Ireland win is a great achievement.”

It was 20-20 at the break and the sides were still tied at 32-32 10 minutes later.

Ireland U16 international Ryan Whoriskey came into the game for the northeners but in a game of small margins, it would take a big shot to win it.

Castleisland substitute Padraig O’Connell created space with a pump-fake before shooting for two with 22 seconds left and Jonathan Hilliard iced the game from the free-throw line.

It was a family affair for Ulidia Integrated at the All-Ireland Schools Cup Finals as Gareth Maguire coached his daughters Anna and Enya to victory in the U19C Girls Cup.

Anna and Enya are underage Ireland internationals and it gave the Carrickfergus school a heavy favourites tag against St Aloysius of Carrigtwohill.

Ulidia Integrated claimed the U19C Girls Cup on their return to All-Ireland basketball with a 68-49 win over St Aloysius College.

“It was great to see St Aloysius competing with us,” said coach Maguire after his side’s 68-49 win.” We’ve a couple of very strong players in that programme because we’re just back in the schools competition and I think we were always going to pull away in end.“

St Aloysius did manage to haul a 28-point deficit back to 14 points through some great work in transition and plenty of hustle throughout the game. By the final buzzer, Enya Maguire hit five three-pointers for a 23-point game with older sister Anna chipping in 19 points.

“To give young people an opportunity to walk about the place frightened at the start and then start to smile — that to me is already a win before the game because they’re getting so much out of it,” said Maguire at the final buzzer.

St Paul’s of Oughterard failed to feel the pressure as Galway’s only representative at finals week and captured the U19B Girls trophy with a 40-35 win over St Mary’s of Naas. “Everything they were asked they did,” said winning coach Diarmuid Lee.

“We got into it in the second quarter after a nervous enough start but it still could have gone either way.”

Subway All Ireland Schools Cup Finals

U19B Girls Cup Final:

St Paul’s Oughterard 40 St Mary’s Naas 35

St Paul’s Oughterard Secondary School:

Seosaimhin Casey 5, Emer Harte 8, Sinead Heffernan 8, Orlaith Walsh 8, Caoimhe Walsh 2.


Caoimhe Fleming, Caoimhe Keogh 2, Siobhan Casey 7, Aisling Hanley, Martina McDonagh, Louise Kinnevey

St Mary’s College, Naas:

Mary Creaton 2, Georgia McHolmes 4, Nicola Clancy 19, Hannah Haveran, Aine Conway 4.


Rachel Naughton, Eimear O’Neill 3, Kate Coffey, Grace Casey 1, Ciara Friel 2, Margaret Mulanney, Kate O’Callaghan

U19C Girls Cup Final:

Ulidia Integrated 68 St Aloysius College Carrigtwohill 49

Ulidia Integrated:

Enya Maguire 23, Anna Maguire 16, Grace Kennedy 10, Lauren McDowell, Michelle Courts 10.


Emma McGuinness, Phoebe Cochrone, Alice McQuillan

St Aloysius College:

Jessica O’Neill 12, Grainne Twomey 12, Ciara O’Doherty 2, Sorcha Phelan 10, Niamh Murphy 11


Orlaith Duggan, Laura Hinchcliffe 2, Ciara O’Gorman, Chloe Barry

U19B Boys Cup Final:

Castleisland Community College 45 St Columb’s Derry 41

Castleisland Community College:

Jonathan Hillard 1, Alex Fleming 5, Shane O’Connell 12, Nathan Nolan 7, Adam Nolan.


Eodhan Browne 4, Jack Curran, Ryan Maguire, Sean O’Connell, Sean O’Connell, Padraig O’Connell 16, Seamus Barry, Patrick Horan.

St Columb’s College, Derry:

Kevin Brady 7, Ryan Whoriskey 14, Danann Coyle 17, Jack Knox, John Bonner 2.


Joe McGinley, Aaron King 1, Lee Meehan.

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Place: National Basketball ArenaPlace: DerryPerson: Maurice CaseyPerson: Ryan WhoriskeyPerson: Padraig O’ConnellPerson: Jonathan HilliardPerson: Gareth MaguirePerson: AnnaPerson: EnyaPerson: St AloysiusPerson: MaguirePerson: Enya MaguirePerson: Diarmuid LeePerson: Seosaimhin CaseyPerson: Emer HartePerson: Sinead HeffernanPerson: Orlaith WalshPerson: Caoimhe WalshPerson: Caoimhe FlemingPerson: Caoimhe KeoghPerson: Siobhan CaseyPerson: Aisling HanleyPerson: Martina McDonaghPerson: Louise KinneveyPerson: Mary CreatonPerson: Georgia McHolmesPerson: Nicola ClancyPerson: Hannah HaveranPerson: Aine ConwayPerson: Rachel NaughtonPerson: Eimear O’NeillPerson: Kate CoffeyPerson: Grace CaseyPerson: Ciara FrielPerson: Margaret MulanneyPerson: Kate O’CallaghanPerson: Anna MaguirePerson: Grace KennedyPerson: Lauren McDowellPerson: Michelle CourtsPerson: Emma McGuinnessPerson: Phoebe CochronePerson: Alice McQuillanPerson: Jessica O’NeillPerson: Gráinne TwomeyPerson: Ciara O’DohertyPerson: Sorcha PhelanPerson: Niamh MurphyPerson: Orlaith DugganPerson: Laura HinchcliffePerson: Ciara O’GormanPerson: Chloe BarryPerson: Jonathan HillardPerson: Alex FlemingPerson: Shane O’ConnellPerson: Nathan NolanPerson: Adam NolanPerson: Eodhan BrownePerson: Jack CurranPerson: Ryan MaguirePerson: Seán O’ConnellPerson: Seamus BarryPerson: Patrick HoranPerson: Kevin BradyPerson: Danann CoylePerson: Jack KnoxPerson: John BonnerPerson: Joe McGinleyPerson: Aaron KingPerson: Lee MeehanEvent: All-Ireland Schools U19B Boys Cup FinalEvent: All-Ireland Schools Cup FinalsEvent: U19C Girls CupEvent: IrelandEvent: U19B GirlsEvent: Subway All Ireland Schools Cup FinalsEvent: U19B Girls Cup FinalEvent: U19C Girls Cup FinalEvent: U19B Boys Cup FinalOrganisation: CastleislandOrganisation: St ColumbOrganisation: Castleisland Community CollegeOrganisation: All-IrelandOrganisation: Ulidia IntegratedOrganisation: CarrickfergusOrganisation: St Aloysius CollegeOrganisation: St Paul’s of OughterardOrganisation: GalwayOrganisation: St Mary’sOrganisation: St Paul’s OughterardOrganisation: St Mary’s NaasOrganisation: St Paul’s Oughterard Secondary SchoolOrganisation: St Mary’s CollegeOrganisation: UlidiaOrganisation: St Columb’s DerryOrganisation: St Columb’s College
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