St.Leonards Kilkenny win Mid-Leinster Finals

St.Leonard's Kilkenny Winners Mid-Leinster Section A Boys

                               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.

Larkhill boys (Dublin) win their first ever FAI Schools title

Holy Child Larkhill(Dublin)

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

Double for St.Dominic´s Tallaght

St.Dominics Tallaght

St.Dominics Tallaght

Our squad of six players had a familiar ring to it – five girls had played in last year’s tournament. Captain Abby was joined by Melissa, Sarah, Nicole and Niamh (all 6th Class) and the youngest member of the squad, Jessica O (4th Class). All six girls had a huge part to play in today’s victory.

GROUP STAGE
Dominic’s had been drawn in a tough group with four other teams. First up was a tough 0-0 draw versus Scoil Mhuire Shankill. The Dominic’s girls were on top in the second half and were unlucky not to score with a shot from Abby close to full time.

There was another tough tie in the second game against St Patrick’s Chapelizod. A breakaway goal from Abby was the difference between the sides after a tight game which finished 1-0. Jessica particularly impressed in midfield while Melissa was brave and skilful in attack.

The Dominic’s girls were very unlucky not to win their third game against St Brendan’s Loughshinny, but despite dominating the game it finished in a 0-0 draw. Goalkeeper Niamh and defenders Nicole and Sarah had another clean sheet to win an important point for Dominic’s.

Our girls needed to put in a strong performance in their final game against Virgin Mary GNS, and they obliged with a stunning 8-0 win. Goals from Melissa, Jessica (2) and Nicole (2), along with a hat-trick from Abby, put Dominic’s top of the group and into the semi finals.

SEMI-FINAL
The tie of the tournament saw St Dominic’s up against St Damian’s in a repeat of last year’s final. It was a hectic affair with St Damian’s pouncing on a rare defensive error to lead 1-0 at the break. But our girls showed great resilience and determination and equalised through Nicole just after half time. The tie looked to be heading for a draw when up popped Abby to smash home the winner, making it Dominic’s 2-1 Damian’s.

FINAL
Dominic’s faced up against Monkstown ETNS in the final and took the lead with Abby scoring another cracking goal in the first half. But just as it looked like Dominic’s had the title wrapped up, Monkstown equalised to put the game to penalties.

There were three penalties each, with both teams missing their first penalty, including a great save by our stopper, Niamh. Melissa cooly slotted her penalty home before a Monkstown miss. It was down to Nicole to win the game for Dominic’s, and she rifled home an unstoppable shot to win the day.

Player of the tournament for St Dominic’s – and no doubt overall – was our captain Abby, who scored 6 of our 12 goals and impressed throughout. But all 6 girls had a huge part to play. Coach Mr Looney is very proud of the team, who showed a fighting spirit and positive attitude throughout. Thanks to Louise for driving the bus out, and thanks to Ms Hogan (6th Class teacher), Mr Vaughan and Ms Shanahan for their help.

To top it all off, five of the six girls will make their Confirmation tomorrow. It’ll be a week to remember if their male counterparts can do as well in their competition on Wednesday!

So it’s off to the Leinster Finals on May 16 for our girls – and if they can top last year and qualify from these, it’ll be a trip to the Aviva Stadium in June for the National Finals. Dare we dream?!

 Our boys squad comprised eight players from our successful eleven-a-side panel. Captained by midfielder Anthony, the squad included goalkeeper Andre, defenders Luke and Adetola, midfielders Lennon and Ciarán and forwards James and Jake. Jake is in Ms Farrell’s 5th Class while the other seven players come from Ms Hogan’s 6th Class.

St. Dominic's Boys

St. Dominic’s Boys

GROUP STAGE
Dominic’s had a tough group stage played in windy and sometimes wet conditions.The opening game saw Dominic’s defeat Ballyboughal NS 2-1, with Anthony scoring both goals. Adetola came on to put in a superb defensive display and, along with brave goalkeeping from Andre, ensured that Dominic’s secured an important victory.

Dominic’s faced up against St Patrick’s of Chapelizod in our second game and secured an excellent 3-0 victory with two goals from James and one from Anthony. Luke, solid as a rock at the back, marshalled our defence with a clean sheet performance while Jake and Ciarán were effective in midfield and attack.

Dominic’s started our third group game against Scoil Mhuire Shankill brightly. Lennon scored one of the goals of the tournament, showing wonderful feet to beat two players before firing in a low shot with his left foot. However, Dominic’s struggled to add to the goal despite dominating play, and with the last kick of the game, Scoil Mhuire equalised, the match finishing 1-1.

Our final group game pitted us against Monkstown ETNS, our familiar rivals. We had defeated their girls team in the final on Monday and had played against them in eleven-a-side competition last year.

Dominic’s took a two goal lead at the break with Luke’s first and James’ third of the competition. But with Anthony going off injured Dominic’s allowed Monkstown back into the game, and after grabbing an early goal they scored another last minute equaliser to deny Dominic’s victory. 2-2 it finished, and it wouldn’t be the last time we saw Monkstown either!

QUARTER FINAL

Dominic’s qualified to the quarter finals with Monkstown and six other teams from the 25 teams who started. We were drawn to play St Luke’s who had some impressive players. James opened the scoring with a stunning strike from the right wing and added to his impressive total shortly before half time. But in a familiar pattern Dominic’s conceded in the second half and had some tense final moments before victory was confirmed by 2 goals to 1.

Again, goalkeeper Andre and defenders Luke and Adetola impressed, while Ciarán made several key interventions in midfield.

SEMI FINAL
Dominic’s were drawn against our old friends from Monkstown ETNS in the semi, and we started in confident mood. Anthony rifled home an early goal and scored a second to put Dominic’s two up. But another late rally from an impressive Monkstown ETNS side saw two late goals conceded and the match finishing 2-2 despite Dominic’s dominance.

A tense penalty shoot out followed and in a repeat of Monday’s girls finals it was the Dominic’s team who held their nerve. Cool finishes from Anthony and Luke were added to by a super Andre save to leave James with the deciding penalty. He slotted it home and while Dominic’s celebrated, there were kind words afterwards between both sets of players, with friendships struck up even in such a tense atmosphere.

FINAL
A large crowd assembled for the final and Dominic’s, cheered on by amongst others their Monkstown friends, started well against St Killian’s who had some of the most impressive players in the tournament. The final was an impressive affair, with the FAI officials present commenting on the quality on show.

Killian’s threatened at times but were unable to break down the resolute defending of, in particular, Luke and the solid goalkeeping of Andre. In midfield, Lennon was again superb, using trickery and strength to carve out chances and break down attacks. James wowed the crowd with an array of skills while Ciarán was an important and energetic substitute.

But it was captain Anthony who won the day, smashing the ball home midway through the first half past the excellent Killian’s keeper for his sixth goal of the tournament. The remainder of the match was tight but Dominic’s held their own to secure a famous victory.

Thanks to Ross from 6th Class who was a great helper and supporter on the day, to Ms Brady for the lifts, to Ms Hogan, Mr Vaughan and in particular Ms Shanahan for their help throughout the year, and to all the parents, particularly James’ dad and grandad. Thanks also to Mr Vaughan and to Tallaght Astropark for their help with facilities this year.

Mr Looney is particularly proud of all the hard work put in by the team since training began in November and of the great attitude shown by the players today. Roll on the Leinster finals!

Blackwater(Wexford) reach Leinster Finals in first ever soccer competition

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                            South Leinster Champions Scoil Bhride (Blackwater)

It was Scoil Naomh Bride’s first entry into the FAI Schools 5-a-side competition and indeed into any soccer competition at all ! The boys and girls both represented well and in particular the boys who had great success – winning all 3 group games of the first round in Enniscorthy. This put them into a semis which was to test their steel as they had to come from behind to win 3-2 against St. Leonards.Victory led to an epic battle in the first round final against Ferns who took the lead no less than 4 times in normal time but were each time pegged back for a 4-4 draw bringing the game to penalties. Here too the Blackwater boys fell behind only for the heroics of their goaly Darragh Murphy who broke his wrist saving a penalty and stayed in goal to save the next penalty which gave them the chance to snatch victory, a chance Shane Cahill gladly took.

      The boys also fared well in the South Leinster Finals, drawing their first game and winning the next 3 games, qualifying them for a final against their very local rivals Curracloe. They won the game 2-1 which relieved the tension of their Principal Mrs.O’Brien, Manager Mr. O’Leary and all the travelling parents. A special thanks to Andy O’Reilly for all his help mentoring the team. Also a big thank you for all who organised both competitions to date, they were excellently ran. We are all very proud of the nine boys who have now represented us so bravely. Darragh Murphy, Aaron Culleton, Jack White, Craig O’Reilly, Shane Cahill, Ian O’Reilly, Jake Nobbs, Patrick (Pad) O’Connor and Ross McGovern.  
 

Report courtesy Emmet O Leary (Teacher Blackwater)

Fixtures Leinster Finals “B” Girls,”B”Boys & “C” Boys

 Leinster Finals of Aviva Health FAI Primary Schools 5s on 16th May 2013  MDL Navan

B Boys = Medium sized schools B Girls =Medium/Large schools C Boys=Large schools

B GIRLS           
11:30 St. Seachnall’s (Meath)     St Faicc’s (Carlow)
11:55 St. Francis Xavier (Dublin)     Scoil Mochua
12:20 St. Seachnall’s     St. Francis Xavier
12:45 St Faicc’s     Scoil Mochua
13:10 St. Seachnall’s     Scoil Mochua
13:35 St Faicc’s     St. Francis Xavier

 

B BOYS:        
11:30 St. Dominic’s     Monastery N.S.
11:55 Newbridge Educate Together     Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir
12:20 St. Dominic’s     Newbridge Educate Together
12:45 Monastery N.S.     Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir
13:10 St. Dominic’s     Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir
13:35 Monastery N.S.     Newbridge Educate Together

 Gaelscoil an  Inbhir Mhoir Monastery Ardee (Louth)

South Leinster Champions Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhoir,Arklow  (left) with North Leinster Champions Monastery Ardee (right)

   

Dublin Champs St.Dominics (left) with Mid-Leinster Winners Newbridge Educate Together

 C BOYS        
11:30 St. Michael’s     Kennedy Park
11:55 St. Joseph’s     Holy Child
12:20 St. Michael’s     St. Joseph’s
12:45 Kennedy Park     Holy Child
13:10 St. Michael’s     Holy Child
13:35 Kennedy Park     St. Joseph’s

 

Holy Child Larkhill(Dublin)

Holy Child Larkhill(Dublin)

Fixtures courtesy Mark Scanlon (FAI Meath)

Fixtures Leinster Finals Boys “A” & Girls “A”

  BOYS A Leinster Finals of Aviva Health FAI Primary Schools 5s on 16th May 2013  MDL Navan      
11:30 St. Leonard’s(Kilkenny)   v Zion Parish School (Dublin)
11:55 Blackwater (Wexford)   Fermoyle (Longford)
12:20 St. Leonard’s    v Blackwater
12:45 Zion Parish School    v Fermoyle
13:10 St. Leonard’s   Fermoyle
13:35 Zion Parish School    v Blackwater

 Zion Winners of Section A Boys in Dublin  Blackwater.jpg

Dublin Champions Zion (left) and South Leinster Champions Blackwater(Wexford) on right

   GIRLS   A        
11:30 Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir(Wicklow)     Durrow N.S.(Laois)
11:55 St. Dominic’s Tallaght (Dublin)     Stonepark (Longford)
12:20 Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir     St. Dominic’s
12:45 Durrow N.S.     Stonepark
13:10 Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir     Stonepark
13:35 Durrow N.S.     St. Dominic’s

 

Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir, Arklow Girls A,North Leinster Champions Stonepark NS

South Leinster Champions Gaelscoil an Inbhir Mhóir, Arklow (left) & North Leinster Champions Stonepark (Longford) on right

Fixtures courtesy Mark Scanlon (FAI Meath)

         
         
         
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   Girls Section A

Ardee school win all 3 games to advance to Leinster Finals

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For the first time in its long history Monastery NS, Ardee won the FAI North Leinster 5 a-side Primary schools  soccer competition for medium sized schools. They now progress to the Leinster Finals in Navan on May 16th, 2013. Mick Neville FAI Development Officer for Louth stated that it has been many years since any Louth primary school progressed to the Leinster Finals. 

The FAI hosted a very competitive 5 a side soccer competition schools in North Leinster, at the MDL Grounds in Navan on Thursday, May 2nd. Monastery NS, as Louth Champions, faced the Champions of Longford (Stonepark NS), Westmeath (Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, Mullingar) and Meath (Kilcloon NS). 

In the first game they played Stonepark NS Longford and had a comfortable win by 7 goals to 1. Monastery NS led by 5 – 1 at half time and brought in substitutes Evan Kerr and Eddie Bing Quan Ooi and rested forwards Jonathan Commins and Tom Jackson. Liam Jackson and Dónal McKenny gave strong performances at the back and Gavin Kirk was not under much pressure in this game. Tom Jackson scored a hat trick, Jonathan Commins scored 2 goals and Eddie Quan Ooi scored 2 goals.  

In their second game they faced the favourites Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn (Mullingar) who also had a narrow victory over Kilcloon NS (Meath) in their first game. This was a tough tight marking game with no quarter given. Monastery NS hit the wood work twice in the opening half but the score remained 0-0 at half time. In the second half Tom Jackson broke clear on the right and carved a beautiful pass back to Jonathan Commins who met the ball with a pile driver to the net. Monastery NS led 1-0 and the Mullingar boys now piled on the pressure. They broke through the Ardee defence and looked clean through on the keeper Gavin Kirk when Liam Jackson raced back and slid in, Paul McGrath style, to block the Mullingar shot at the last moment. Mullingar continued to breach the Ardee defence and Gavin Kirk in the Ardee goal made some miraculous saves. To the relief of all the final whistle went and Monastery NS had secured another valuable win. 

In the final match Monastery NS, Ardee met a very determined and skilful Kilcloon NS, Meath team. The Meath team needed to beat Monastery NS to qualify and went right at the Ardee lads from the first whistle. Monastery NS started slowly and the Kilcloon lads exploited the slack marking at times and always looked dangerous on the ball. Kilcloon were awarded a direct free on the right sideline and fired a ferocious shot into the Ardee goal mouth which found its way through a maze of bodies and into the net. At half time the scores stood at Kilcloon 1 Monastery 0. In the second half Monastery Ns came out in a more determined and attacking mood. Tom Jackson got the ball in the Kilcloon half, feinted to the right and beat the Kilcloon defender on the left and then unleashed a low hard shot that found the bottom right of the Meath lads’ net. This unsettled the Kilcloon team and Liam Jackson and Dónal McKenny were making some inspired surges through the midfield. Tom

Jackson again broke on the right wing, the keeper raced out to meet him, but he slid the ball past the keeper across the open goals where Jonathan Commins had raced through for a tap in goal. 2 – 1 now to the Ardee lads who were very much in control of the match. The Kilcloon keeper was rattled and a poor pass to his own players was intercepted by Dónal McKenny who released Tom Jackson who took one touch and then fired a shot to the top right corner of the net to make it 3-1 to Monastery NS. With just minutes remaining in this “game of the tournament” all of the Kilcloon lads pushed forward and scored a great second goal. Corner after corner was conceded by Ardee but the defence held firm and conceded no more goals. The final whistle went and the Ardee lads had just created an incredible piece of sporting history for Monastery NS and for Louth primary schools’ soccer. Three games and three wins for the Louth lads had qualified them for the Leinster Finals.

The Monastery NS Team was Gavin Kirk, Dónal McKenny, Liam Jackson (Captain), Tom Jackson, Jonathan Commins, Eddie Bing Quan Ooi, Evan McKenna and Darragh McCoy. Managers Mr Jim Mc Gee and Ms Leanna Cusack now look forward to the Leinster Finals at the MDL Grounds in Navan on May 16th.

Longford`s Stonepark NS impress to reach Leinster Finals

North Leinster Champions Stonepark NS

North Leinster Champions Stonepark NS

Longford school Stonepark NS were convincing winners at the North Leinster Finals when they beat Meath Champions Skryne NS by an impressive 5-0 scoreline in the all-important last game,played at the MDL grounds in Navan on 2nd May. 

The Stonepark girls were represented by Clodagh Lohan; Daena McCord; Caoimhe Lohan; Roisín Leen, Aoife Gerety; Aisling Smith (Capt); Eve Nerney
Missing from photo is Eimear Kyne.

The girls had advanced to this stage after a comprehensive 4-0 win over Colehill NS in the Longford final played at City Calling Park ,home of Longford Town FC.

Many thanks to FAI organisers Mick Neville (FAI Louth),Paul Osam ( FAI Westmeath), Mark Scanlon (FAI Meath) and Longford Co-ordinator Carmel Browne for co-ordinating events on the day.

Stonepark will play against the winners of Mid-Leinster,South Leinster and Dublin in a round robin format for the Leinster Finals at the MDL Navan on 16th May 2013.