O Maoileannaigh top class for Eoin
A Lorcan O Maoileannaigh point deep into stoppage time in extra-time finally settled this enthralling Leinster Schools Junior 'A' semi-final in Naas yesterday as Colaiste Eoin beat St Mary's Knockbeg 1-10 to 1-09.
Matty Campion and Maitiu Mac Donncha found the net for their respective teams and Colaiste Eoin looked to have won the game with two late points from Mac Donncha.
Knockbeg showed great strength of character and a brace of points from Paul Kingston in the final minute sent the game to extra-time.
The Carlow side had the better of extra-time and led by two points with five minutes to play but a Fionnan Motherway free reduced that deficit to one before O Maoileannaigh's late double finally tipped the game in favour of the Gaelscoil.
SCORERS - Coláiste Eoin: M Mac Donncha 1-2 (0-1f), F Motherway 0-3 (0-2f), L Ó Maoileannaigh 0-2, R Mac Daibhéad, M Mac Nioclás, C Ó Giolláin 0-1 each. St Mary's Knockbeg: P Kingston 0-6 (0-5f), M Campion 1-0, D Booth, P Shaw, P McEvoy 0-1 each.
Coláiste Eoin -- S O Dubhghaill; C O Fainin, L O Treasaigh, C O Duibhir; C O Croinin, E O Dochartaigh, C O Ceallachain; M Mac Donncha, R Mac Daibhead; F Motherway, L O Maoileannaigh, D O Gormlaigh, M Mac Nioclás, D O Cathmhaoil, O O Ruairc. Subs: C O'Beaglaoich for Mac Nioclas (35), C O Neill for Motherway (55), F Motherway for O Gormlaigh (73), M Mac Nioclas for Mac Donncha (75).
St Mary's Knockbeg -- C Wall; C Lennon, E Mahon, A Mullins; N Swan, P McEvoy, C Hogan; S Attride, T Daly; D Tompkins, M Lyons, M Campion; P Shaw, P Kingston, D Booth. Subs: L Gahan for Hogan (15 b/s), Hogan for Gahan (22 b/s) D O'Connor for Tompkins (42), L Gahan for N Swan (63).
REF -- Alan Lagrue (Kildare).
St Andrew's produced an incredible comeback to fight their way into the Kate Russell All-Ireland Schools Championship final, recovering from a three-goal deficit to tie 3-3 with Royal School, Armagh in Galway yesterday.
Laura Pinder hit home a short corner on the final hooter to level the game 3-3 and advance ahead of the Ulster champions -- who were going for a third title in four years -- on goal difference by virtue of an earlier 6-0 win over Salerno.
The Booterstown school now face reigning champions Colaiste Iognaid in the final today.
Elsewhere, Ireland's 'A' team beat Germany's U-21 side 4-2 in yesterday's Challenge match at Belfield, as part of their build up for the Junior Celtic Cup in July.
Ireland led from the start with Katherine Steenson opening the scoring. Nicola Evans scored a brace, with Anna O'Flanagan completing the tally.
With the start of the 2010 FBD Insurance RAS just over two months away, the first team for this year's race has been confirmed.
A strong New Zealand national team will be travelling from its temporary base in Europe for the prestigious Irish event, making history with the first ever group participation from that country.
The quintet is expected to leave a real mark on the race which runs from May 23-30.
David McCann, a former winner of the RAS, continues to keep all challengers at bay in The Tour de Taiwan. Yesterday, Dean Downing of the Ralpha Contador was quickest in the sprint.
McCann's lead should be enough to get him over the line as overall winner when the race concludes tomorrow.