Smyth clinches St Mary's triumph
St Mary's Drogheda 2
Pres, Headford 0
ST MARY'S, Drogheda, were crowned FAIS All-Ireland junior champions yesterday after beating Presentation College, Headford at Flancare Park courtesy of goals from Craig Geoghegan and Eoin Smyth.
The Galway school were unfortunate to be denied the lead on 30 minutes, when Shane Kennelly was ruled offside as he poked home the rebound after St Mary's goalkeeper Sean Dunne had parried a free-kick.
Dunne proved to be a rock throughout as Presentation pushed hard for the opening goal and they might have gained the advantage had anybody capitalised on Mark Gibbons' excellent delivery into the box.
The Leinster champions went ahead before half-time when a long throw into the area fell kindly for Geoghegan and the midfielder made no mistake from eight yards.
Within 60 seconds the teams should have been all square, but midfielder Joe Kerin slipped at the crucial moment as he looked set to slide the ball home.
Presentation came flying out of the traps after the break, but it was St Mary's who doubled their lead within minutes of the restart, when Smyth fired the ball into the top corner from the edge of the box.
Smyth almost grabbed a second when his looping effort came back of the crossbar, while at the other end Aidan O'Sullivan fired wide when he might have brought his side back into the contest.
ST MARY'S -- S Dunne; O'Shea, L Marron, S McDonnell (capt), D McQuillan; S Watters, C Geoghegan (G Hurley 80),
J Horan, A Burke; E Smyth (R Kearns 75), S Ryan (J McCormack 61).
PRES, thurles -- S Nugent; S Burke, S Kennelly, S Moylan, K Fox (capt); J Kerin, S Conroy, E Kerin (C King 51), M Day; M Gibbons (A Meenaghan 65), A O'Sullivan.
Ref -- P Tone.