8 teams reach Meath Finals from A Girls & A Boys

SECTION A GIRLS 6th March 32 schools battled it out in Section A Girls for small schools with four teams advancing to the Meath finals on the 29th March- Rathmore,Boyerstown,Cortown and KIlbride.

SECTION A BOYS  7th and 8th March The first part of Section

A Boys saw Drumbaragh NS and  Baile Ghib NS advance to the Meath finals on 29th March while Castletown and Curragha advanced from the second group .

210 teams entered for MEATH’S 2017 SPAR FAI PRIMARY 5s


Mon  6th March : Section A Girls Qualifiers

Tues & Wed  7th & 8th March Section A Boys Qualifiers

 Thurs 9th March : Section B Boys Qualifiers

Fri 10th  March : Section B Boys Qualifiers

 Mon 13th March : Section B Girls Qualifiers

Tues 14th  March : Section C Girls Qualifiers

Wed  15th March: Section C Boys Qualifiers

Wed  29th March : County Finals


Thurs  27th April North Leinster Finals MDL NAVAN

Thurs 11th May Leinster Finals MDL NAVAN

Wed 31st May All-Ireland Finals AVIVA STADIUM



Double All-Ireland Delight for Meath Schools at Aviva

Meath schools Dunboyne SNS (left) and Mount Hanover NS after being crowned All-Ireland Champions at the magnificent Aviva Stadium May 2016

All-Ireland Champions Dunboyne SNS ,winners of Section C for Large Schools pictured at Aviva Stadium 11th May with left) Principal Willie Lyons and right coach Brendon KeoghMount Hanover NS All-Ireland Champions of the SPAR FAI Primary 5s at the Aviva Stadium Dublin with (left)Meath co-ordinator Paul Holland and coach Enda Ruddy


Dunboyne defeated both the Munster Champions Scoil Naomh Iosaf and the Ulster Champions St. Patrick’s BNS, Lurgybrack 5-2 with goals from Banya and Tommy Lonergan and exceptional goalkeeping displays from Eoghan McCormack. He was greatly helped by the defensive resilience shown by Dylan Vaughan and the contributions from substitutes Davan Ryan and Jack Brown.

his set up a a showdown with unbeaten Connacht champions, St. Patrick’s BNS, Galway with Dunboyne only needing a draw to take the title on goal difference.

St. Patrick’s raced into a two goal lead only for Banya to cut the deficit early in the second half with a brilliant strike from an acute angle. With Daniel Flanagan commanding at the back, Dunboyne pressed hard for an equaliser and Simon Cunningham, who had a magnificent tournament, struck a low shot from the edge of the area to make it two all with 60 seconds left.

But St. Patrick’s quick thinking was rewarded when they took a quick restart and with the Dunboyne players still celebrating, took the lead again to make it 3-2.There was still more drama to come as Dunboyne

forced a corner in the dying seconds. Banya crossed it to Lonergan who scored the equaliser and winner for Dunboyne.,leading to unbelievable scenes of joy and relief for the magnificent Dunboyne support

Dunboyne Eoghan McCormack, Simon Cunningham, Dylan Vaughan, Roland Banya, Tommy Lonergan, Daniel Flanagan, Davan Ryan, Jack Brown.


At the magnificent surroundings of The Aviva Stadium, two Meath schools created history and enjoyed a double success when Dunboyne Senior Primary School and Mount Hanover NS captured All-Ireland titles of THE SPAR FAI Primary 5s .Meath schools have a fine record in winning National trophies with St. Michael’s Trim 1996 and 2013, Rathbeggan 2005 and Athboy 2012 previously successful .

Many more Meath schools have advanced to the National Finals only to fail to do themselves justice on the day but this year two schools achieved the ultimate aim. Amazing when you realise that not one Dublin school has even reached the National deciders in the past two years! There were ecstatic celebrations afterwards as Ireland legend Jason McAteer presented trophies to the two Meath captains Roland Banya (Dunboyne)and Adam Kelly (Mount Hanover),much to the delight of the huge Meath contingent of supporters present.

Scoil Cholmcille, Mount Hanover, created history by winning the All-Ireland soccer title at, while also becoming . Cheered on by the always colourful and fanatical Mount Hanover following, the players produced a perfect display with three impressive wins!

Mount Hanover N.S 5 Croom N.S 2

The opening game against the unbeaten Munster Champions Croom N.S, episomised the skill,workrate, composure and spirit of the Mount Hanover boys. They started at lightning speed astypical of their previous games as star striker Alan Bowden netted 2 goals for the Leinster side.Croom N.S got into their stride for the remainder of the half and drew level close to half time andlooked like they would prove to be more than a match for Mount Hanover. However superdefending by Tom Bowden and excellent goalkeeping by Seán Mc Quail ensured that the teams wentin level at the break. At half time Mount Hanover regained their composure and were not going to be denied their shot at glory! Captain Adam Kelly, Conor Mc Quail

Leech and Lucas Mc Keen stepped up and dictated the tempo in the middle of the park, piling on relentless pressure, resulting in a superb 2nd half hatrick for Alan Bowden.

Mount Hanover 5 Scoil an Choimín 3

In the second game, Mount Hanover met the Challenge of Donegal and Ulster in the form of Scoil anChoimín, Lifford. Knowing the Donegal side needed a win to keep their hopes alive, Mount Hanoveragain showed their resolve and class with a deserving 5-3 victory. Alan Bowden again proved to be apotent force in front of the net with 4 brilliant finishes, combining wonderfully with playmaker Kelly.

Mount Hanover unfortunately lost excellent defender Tom Bowden through injury but the versatile Dylan Collins showed his mettle, with one of the highlights of the game a crunching tackle to stop a certain goal chance. Despite going down 4-1 midway through the 2nd half, Scoil an Choimín showed admirable spirit by pegging Mount Hanover back to 4-3 to set up a tense finale. Up stepped defender Conor McQuail Leech with one of the goals of the tournament, showing lightning pace and coolness to slot home the insurance goal, cueing ecstatic celebrations in the Aviva stand.

With other results going Mount Hanover;s way, they knew they were assured of the bringing home the silverware. This didn’t stop them aiming to keep their unblemished record intact having won all of their games in Meath, North Leinster and Leinster. The challenge of Carn N.S from Sligo and Connacht stood in their way and proved to be formidable opposition, especially their goalkeeper, who was in inspired form, pulling off some unbelievable saves to spread belief through his team.

Mount Hanover 2 Carn N.S 1

Carn N.S took the lead early on and held firm close to half time. Their brave resistance was finally broken with a cool finish from Alan Bowden. Adam Kelly got the goal his outstanding leadership and skill deserved, with the winner midway through the 2nd half, sparking joyous scenes. Dylan Collins and Taigue Donagh played really well and made sure of the win when introduced in the 2nd half.

Fittingly Mount Hanover climbed the steps to receive the cup to the spine tingling Champions League theme tune. The icing on the cake was Alan Bowden receiving the prestigious player of the tournament award his play deserved.

Manager Enda Ruddy


Boys Section C winners Dunboyne celebrate with Tony St. Ledger representing Spar.

Dunboyne SNS Leinster Champions

Roland Banya takes aim before scoring for Dunboyne in Leinster Finals

A jubilant Mt Hanover with Turlough O'Brien representing Spar.

Mount Hanover NS Leinster Champions

Dunboyne  and Mount Hanover create history

Despite the horrendous weather conditions at the MDL grounds on 28th April,the Leinster Finals of the SPAR Primary 5s  were a huge success  with two of the sections being won by Meath schools and a third the girls from Yellow Furze , Beauparc. coming agonising close when pipped by Offaly School St.Colman’s in the crucial decider. The boys from Mount Hanover were in scintillating form as they cruised into the National finals with comprehensive wins over schools from Dublin,Kildare and Wexford in Section A for small schools. Captain  Adam Kelly set up star striker Alan Bowden to score most of the goals in three convincing wins by Enda Ruddy’s charges.

Dunboyne boys won the Leinster Title in Section C for Large schools for the very first time with maximum points from three games . In horrendous conditions ,Dunboyne, managed by Brendan Keogh, defeated St. Mark’s Tallaght 5-1, St. John’s SNS, Kilkenny by 5-2 and St. Corban’s  Naas by 4-1 to top the group and thus qualify for the All-Ireland finals at the AvivaInspired by top scorer and captain Roland BanyaDunboyne came back from a goal down against St. Mark’s to win 5-1. Banba plays his club football with St.Kevin’s Boys and recently was man of the match against Barcelona U-13s on their visit to Dublin at Easter!

On Wednesday 11th May at the Aviva (KO 12 pm) ,Dunboyne and Mount Hanover will seek to emulate the All-Ireland success achieved by other Meath Schools,St.Michael’s Trim 1996 and 2013,Rathbeggan 2005 and Athboy 2012. Many more Meath schools have advanced to the National Finals only to fail to do themselves justice on the day. This year both Meath schools have a wonderful opportunity to capture National titles, particularly Mount Hanover, who have won all of their games emphatically. Dunboyne could well succeed also but will be in a much more competitive section,that of the large schools Section C.

MT HANOVER  Seán Mc Quail, Tom Bowden, Lucas Mc Keen, Adam Kelly (C), Alan Bowden,  Conor Mc Quail, Dylan Collins, Taigue Donagh. 

DUNBOYNE Eoghan McCormack, Simon Cunningham, Dylan Vaughan, Roland Banya, Tommy LonerganDavan Ryan, Jack Brown, Josh Keeley. 

Classy Mt Hanover retain Meath title to win Section A Boys

Mount Hanover clinched their second successive Meath Section A five a side trophy with a classy display today at the MDL. Led by inspirational captain Adam Kelly, they defeated Culmullen N.S, Castletown N.S and St Pats Trim. They now progress to the North Leinster finals, and will be hoping to go one better after finishing runners up in North Leinster last year. In total Enda Ruddy’s charges notched up  36 goals and recorded six straight wins.

Midfielder Kelly was in flying form, forming an excellent partnership with striker Alan Bowden. Lucas McKeen was industrious thorughout while defender Conor Mc Quail proved more than a match for opposing attackers. Dylan Collins was a reassuring presence in goal and distributed well. Sean McQuail, Tom Bowden and Devin Coleman all played an important role in the 2nd half of the matches.
The tie of the round was an enthralling game against gallant runners up Castletown N.S. Mount Hanover started with blistering pace and scored 2 early goals. They continued to mount the pressure in the second half and ran out 5-1 winners.
Mount Hanover: Dylan Collins, Conor McQuail, Lucas McKeen, Adam Kelly, Alan Bowden, Sean McQuail, Tom Bowden, Devin Coleman.
Report courtesy Enda Ruddy

Impressive Dunboyne Boys win Meath final of Section C

Dunboyne Senior Primary School clinched the Section C FAI Meath 5 a side trophy on a glorious day at the MDL, Navan on Monday. Led by their brilliant captain, Roland Banya, they defeated St. Stephen’s Johnstown, St. Paul’s Ratoath and St. Seachnall’s to progress to the North Leinster section of the competition.

Roland was ably assisted up front by Tommy Lonergan with Dylan Vaughan and particularly Daniel Flanagan forming a strong defensive partnership in midfield and at the back. It meant ‘keeper Eoghan McCormack conceded just two goals in the three games as he swept up anything that came near him.

The five lads were also able to call upon Simon Cunningham to provide steel in the middle and Jack Brown and Davan Ryan for fresh legs in the second half of matches.

Dunboyne,managed by Brendan Keogh, had qualified for the finals stage by overcoming Kells in a hard fought quarter final last Friday which ended two-all after extra time. Banya led the way to a 6-2 extra time win on that occasion.

Dunboyne: Eoghan McCormack, Daniel Flanagan, Dylan Vaughan, Roland Banya (c), Tommy Lonergan, Simon Cunningham, Jack Brown, Davan Ryan

Report courtesy Brendan Keogh

Excellent Gaelscoil na Bóinne (Trim) Runners-Up in Section B Boys

Gaelscoil na Bóinne came through a tough Boys Section B to qualify for the Meaths finals of the competition. They came top of Group 2 with four wins, scoring 22 goals along the way and playing some great football. While they were impressive coming forward they were also strong at the back with David Ó Curráin pulling off a string of fine saves while Conor Ó hÍr and Sam Ó Cinnéide marshalled the defence excellently throughout. James Ó Foghlú impressed in midfield and with David Ó Baoill upfront they formed a potent attacking partnership. There was also a great contribution from the Gaelscoil bench, with Lee Mac Íomhair scoring important goals and Evan Mac Gabhann and Dylan Mac Gabhann also making valuable contributions in defence and attack. After topping the group they made their way to the playoffs where a win would see them through to the Meath finals. They took on a talented team in Gaelscoil Thulach na nÓg where they eventually came out on top with important contributions from their bench again helping to seal the victory. Gaelscoil na Bóinne: David Ó Curráin, Conor Ó hÍr, Sam Ó Cinnéide, James Ó Foghlú, David Ó Baoill, Dylan Mac Gabhann, Lee Mac Íomhair, Evan Mac Gabhann.

Monday 10/03/16 Meath Finals

Gaelscoil na Bóinne took part in the Meath finals of the FAI Schools competition on Monday 14th March. Taking part in the Section B Boys competition,  the Trim school got off to a flying start, winning a tough encounter with Kentstown 1-0 before coming out on top against Kildalkey on a scoreline of 3-1. In their third game, Gaelscoil na Bóinne took on a strong Rathbeggan team. In this top of the table clash Rathbeggan came out with a hard-fought victory, winning 2-0. In the final group game the Gaelscoil took on Gaelscoil Éanna in a highly entertaining match where they eventually won by the scoreline 5-2. Having finished with three wins and one defeat Gaelscoil na Bóinne finished 2nd in the group and finished runners-up to Rathbeggan who topped the group. Best of luck to Rathbeggan in the North Leinster Finals. A great team performance : David Ó Curráin, Conor Ó hÍr, Sam Ó Cinnéide, James Ó Foghlú, David Ó Baoill, Dylan Mac Gabhann, Lee Mac Íomhair, Evan Mac Gabhann.

David Ó Curráin, Conor Ó hÍr, Sam Ó Cinnéide, James Ó Foghlú, David Ó Baoill, Dylan Mac Gabhann, Lee Mac Íomhair, Evan Mac Gabhann.

Report courtesy Micheál Ó Baoill

Yellow Furze win Meath Final of Section B Girls 14 March 2016

Yellow Furze N.S. clinched the Meath Section B Title for medium-sized schools played in glorious sunshine at the M.D.L. Grounds  in Navan.The Beauparc school managed by Liz Halpenny,captured the title in style with three deserved wins over Skryne, Donore and KIlcoon. Charlie O Connor’s Kilcloon charges were also impressive as they finished as Runners-Up after losing by only 2-1 in the crucial deciding game.

In the group stages, the Furze girls enjoyed wins over Longwood, Scoil Naomh Eoin and Baconstown.  Kentstown proved the toughest opposition as Yellow Furze needed two second half goals to overcome their neighbours.  In the play-off match the Beauparc Girls overcame a gallant Rathbeggan team to reach the finals stage.

Yellow Furze secured narrow victories over a skilful Kilcloon team and an equally determined Skryne outfit.  Finally the girls captured the title with victory over a well-organised Donore team.

Robyn Murray was highly impressive in goals while in front of her stood a solid sweeper in Anna Wogan.  Zoe Kirwan, Ella Kilfeather and Sadhbh McLarney dominated the midfield exchanges while Kaylin Nugent, Nicola Mongey and Charlie Murray were clinical up front.

YELLOW FURZE  Robyn Murray Anna Wogan.  Zoe Kirwan, Ella Kilfeather  Sadhbh McLarney  Kaylin Nugent, Nicola Mongey  Charlie Murray .