COLLINSTOWN PARK CC 1
DUNSHAUGHLIN CC 3
DUNSHAUGHLIN Community College saw off Collinstown Park Community College at Dunboyne AFC last week to win the FAI School's First Year Boys' Cup final.
The Meath school had never won a Leinster title before last Friday's showdown, but, with the aid of a large travelling support, held their nerve to claim victory.
Dunshaughlin took the lead on 15 minutes when Stephen Duffy cut in off the left wing, danced by two defenders and pulled the ball back for Jason Fox to finish with ease from close range.
The lead was doubled four minutes before the break when a sweeping move involving James Swann and Duffy saw the latter cross for Shane Walsh to score at the back post.
A sucker punch to Collinstown's hopes of getting back into the game, the Clondalkin school performed much better in the second half and pulled a goal back in the final stages. With over a quarter of an hour to go, a corner fell kindly for Blake Freeman at the back post and he coolly slotted home to give his side a chance.
Darren Clarke struck the crossbar with an effort, before Carl O'Mara saw an effort agonisingly come back off the post, but Dunshaughlin held on to lift the cup.
Manager Niall Lynch emphasised the added significance of the final win after the school were bizarrely eliminated, through no fault of their own, in the second round of last year's competition.
"Our bus broke down on the way to our second round game last year and a problem with the hydraulics meant that we could not unload our playing gear and had to forfeit the match," said Lynch.
"Obviously, it is funnier now with hindsight, but the lads are delighted to have put that firmly behind them by performing so well this season.
"We have only ever won some North Eastern titles before this, but we go on to the All-Ireland semi-final with a lot of confidence.
"This is our best soccer achievement by a mile because it is our first major one and hopefully there will be plenty more."
DUNSHAUGHLIN CC: Ciaran Casey; Ryan Montoghue, Darn Ormsby, Dillon McMahon, Daniel Quinn, Harry Shivaamegal, Timmy Lennon, James Swann, Shane Walsh, Stephen Duffy, Jason Fox (capt).