ST TIERNAN'S CS 2
PATRICIAN COLLEGE 0
ERNEST MWALE'S second-half double saw St Tiernan's Community School edge out Patrician College and claim their first Leinster Senior B Boys Cup crown.
The prolific striker – and Herald Star of the Week award winner in October – had driven his side all the way to the final with his goals and once again delivered when it mattered most.
The Balally school went into yesterday's final at Leixlip United having knocked out no less than three recent winners of the competition on their way – with the last-16 defeat of holders St Kilian's DSD the standout result.
Finglas side Patrician were also confident, having won their quarter-final and last week's semi-final against 2012 winners St Kevin's CC both by emphatic margins.
They boasted the talents of Leinster and Ireland schools representative Cian Kavanagh in midfield, but it was the talisman in the red of Tiernan's who immediately made his mark.
With just 15 minutes gone Mwale went as close as he could to scoring without actually finding the net when his chipped effort after bursting into the box came back off the crossbar.
The frame of the goal was to deny the southsiders an opening goal for the second time 10 minutes later when Leon Ryan this time saw his effort from the edge of the box crash against the woodwork.
Kavanagh's excellent through ball four minutes into the second-half should have resulted in Patrician taking the lead but striker Craig Foster could only direct his first-time poked effort over the bar.
Patrician would rue that miss as Mwale made no mistake with his second big opportunity of the game on 57 minutes – breaking away down the right and calmly drawing out goalkeeper Aaron Geoffrey before slotting into the bottom corner.
Graham Monaghan's driving run and shot required a brave saw from Liam English at the other end three minutes later to maintain the lead, before Kavanagh struck the crossbar with a long-range shot on 67.
With 15 minutes remaining Lee Lindsay flashed his effort across goal and narrowly wide from a good position on the left, but it was to be Mwale's day as he sealed the result late on. A looped free kick into the box on 87 minutes found substitute John Nkocha and his touch into the path of Mwale allowed the striker to fire home from close range to guarantee victory for his side.
ST TIERNAN'S: Liam English; Ebube Ejiogo (John Nkocha 51), Sadeq Jasim, Paddy Hennessy, Cian Ball, Adam Shahrakhi (Maxwell Nkocha 90), Terry Lawlor, Leon Ryan, Adam Noctor, Ernest Mwale, Kyle Cunnihgam. Sub: John Nkocha for Ejiogo 51
PATRICIAN COLLEGE: Aaron Geoffrey; Graham Monaghan, Ross Buckley, Nathan Vance, Shaun Murray, Shane Jackson, Lee Molloy, Cian Kavanagh, Craig Foster, Jordan Delaney, Lee Lindsay.
Referee: Paul Tuite.