Congratulations to the five winning schools on winning Leinster titles at the MDL in Navan to-day. Winners advance to the All-Ireland Finals on Sat 25th May at The Aviva Stadium in Dublin . Pics to follow.
SECTION A GIRLS
WINNERS STONEPARK (LONGFORD )
RUNNERS-UP DURROW (OFFALY)
SECTION A BOYS
WINNERS FERMOYLE (LONGFORD)
RUNNERS-UP BLACKWATER (WEXFORD)
SECTION B BOYS
WINNERS MONASTERY ARDEE (LOUTH
RUNNERS-UP GAELSCOIL AN INBHIR MHÓIR (WICKLOW)
SECTION B GIRLS
WINNERS SCOIL MOCHUA (KILDARE)
RUNNERS-UP ST.FIACC’S (CARLOW)
SECTION C BOYS
WINNERS ST.MICHAEL’S TRIM (MEATH)
RUNNERS-UP ST.JOSEPH’S KILCOCK (KILDARE)
Here are the directions to MDL Grounds:
From Dublin: From M50 in Dublin Take Exit 6 for M3 (Castleknock /Cavan/ Navan). One Toll on M3 (€1.40). Continue as far as EXIT 7(SKRYNE/JOHNSTOWN).
After exiting motorway turn right at top of hill and follow signs for JOHNSTOWN. Continue straight on for 2/3 miles. You will see high traffic lights after Welcome to Navan sign. Take first left after you cross bridge immediately after lights. (You see Willows Chinese Restaurant as you turn).Take second right up the hill and continue out the country until you come to T Junction. Take left. . MDL has red-brick pilllars on left off a short slip road.Look out for FAI Primary Schools 5s sign
From Trim: Take Road for Navan. Continue on this road for 5/6 miles . You will see yellow & green FAI SCHOOLS MEATH sign on left. Slow down after you cross over new bridge (above M3). Look out for small MDL sign on left .MDL grounds are on right side.
SFX Girls pictured with coach Ms Meehan
Saint Francis Xavier Senior National School recently entered the Avivia Health FAI primary school 5 a side. This blitz competition took place on Tuesday the 16th of April in Irishtown stadium.
The eight girls representing the school were Rachel Brennan, Eimear Griffin, Amy Leggett, Hannah O Brien, Aoife Douglas, Sophie Browne, Allanah Gavin (Captain) and Clara Deshoulier. They were coached by Ms. Meehan and Ms Carmel Geraghty. The girls won their group outright-winning their first four matches. They then moved onto the quarter finals and triumphed there with a great show from Rachel Brennan. The semi-final certainly brought some drama, ending up in sudden death penalties with Aoife Douglas finding the back of the net to clench victory. We went onto to win the final 1-0 with a fantastic goal from Alannah.
This is the first ever girls soccer team representing Xaviers and they really have made a great impression! The team now go forward to contest the Leinster title in Navan on Thursday 16th of May.
Well done girls, we are very proud!
Thank you to the parents who provided transport on the day and the FAI referees and organisers who made the day so enjoyable for the girls.
Report courtesy Ms Meehan
In the first round we went to Enniscorthy. We played Kennedy Park B and both Scoil Mhuire A and B. We won all of our matches but the toughest game of them all was against Scoil Mhuire A. We were delighted when we won because we knew lots of the boys on the other team.
In the next round we travelled to Arklow. We played five games in total. We won our first game but then drew our next two. It wasn’t looking good with two games to go. Our teacher then told us that we had to win our next game against Carlow or we were gone. Carlow were undefeated at this stage so we were all a little nervous.
The game was tough and was 0-0 in the last minute. One of us asked the referee how long was left, “Twenty- five seconds”, was the reply. Then the ball came into play and somehow we got a goal. We were all delighted.
After the game we were told that if we won our final game we would go through to the next round. We started well against the C.B.S and had a 3-0 lead. But soon it was 3-2. We managed to hold on and win 4-2. We were so happy. We fought hard and deserved to go through.
Report courtesy Shane O’Leary
Durrow Girls who won Section A Girls at The Mid- Leinster Leinster Finals
This year Fermoyle won the Longford F.A.I Schools 5 A side competition for the third successive year . To qualify for the final at City Calling stadium in Longford we defeated Cloontagh N.S , Clondra N.S , and Kenagh N.S . The final pairing was Fermoyle N.S versus Kenagh N.S . Eventually we defeated Kenagh by five goals to one to qualify for the North Leinster Competition at the MDL Grounds in Navan Co Meath . After three matches we were tired but elated to emerge victorious and qualify for the Leinster Finals for the second successive year .
The boys from St.Joseph’s who won Section C Boys at the Mid-Leinster Finals
Six-time Champs go through to Leinster Finals.
St. Leonards N.S Dunnamaggin who recently won the Kilkenny round of the FAI 5-a-side county finals(Section A Boys) in Thomastown for the sixth year in a row were victorious in Portlaoise on Wednesday 8th May when they won the mid-Leinster finals against teams from Offaly, Laois and Kildare. It was a great victory for the team managed by parent PJ O’Keeffe.
Their wins included a hat trick by their lead goal scorer Eddie Dunne, great saves by their goal keeper Conor Hoban who only conceded one goal and great team work by all.
Team: Darragh O’Keeffe (Capt), Eddie Dunne, Adam Fitzpatrick, Alex Moore, Conor Hoban, Cathal Ryan, Luke Dunne and Ger Coffey.
Holy Child,Larkhill NS played very well to win the hotly contested Section C Boys, of this year’s Aviva Health 5-a-side tournament. Webeat Ballyroan BNS and Ballycragh ET in the group stages. Darragh Kirwan, Patrick Maloney and Daniel Lacey were the goal scorers in each of the 3-0 wins. Joshua Thorp was solid in defence throughout while Daniel Szotkowski never conceeded a goal. The boys beat St. Francis Xavier Castleknock in the semi-finals before going on to beat Sacred Heart Ballygall in a pulsating final. Daniel Szotkowski saved two penalties before Jack Rowan stepped up to score the winning penalty and give Larkhill Boys National School their first ever FAI Schools title.
Report courtesy Paul O’Rourke
St.Fiacc’s who advanced to the Leinster Finals in Section B Girls for Large Schools