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Bronze haul for Grennan

A THIRD-PLACE finish for Grennan College was the peak of Leinster's success at Tuesday's FAI Post Primary Schools First Year Futsal Finals.

The girls from Kilkenny defeated Stranorlar's St Columba's College in a play-off to claim the bronze medal finish in Gormanston.

An early goal on just four minutes from Ailis O'Shea was enough to give the Cats a positive finish to the day's proceedings as goalkeeper Niamh Sheehy kept a Columba's comeback out late on.

In the boys' section, Leinster representatives and 2009 champions St Peter's College could not recover from defeats in their opening group games and were resigned to a fourth-place finish following defeat to Scoil Mhuire from Buncrana in their play-off.

Franciscan College, in Gormanstown, Meath, has established itself as the provincial and national home of schools' futsal and following last month's Leinster showpiece, the boys and girls representatives from that competition were chasing All-Ireland glory.

Unlike Peter's, Grennan got off to the best possible start in their first game of the day against Columba's, with Rebecca Walsh grabbing a brace to seal a 2-0 victory. However, eventual runners-up Presentation Secondary School dented Grennan's chances with a win by the same scoreline in the second game, before eventual champions Convent of Mercy cruised to a 3-0 lead by the half-time mark of game three.

O'Shea and Walsh both scored to bring Grennan back into the game but the Kilkenny side could not get that vital equaliser and missed out on a place in the final.

Sheehy's heroics in particular in the third and fourth-placed play-off ensured Grennan had the perfect platform to end on a win and they travelled the short distance home with a spring in their step in the end.

Unfortunately for Dunboyne side St Peter's, their even shorter trip home only a matter of miles came after an afternoon defeat.


An opening-game 1-0 defeat to Scoil Mhuire could have been followed up in more positive fashion had Sam McQuaid's effort gone in and not struck the post as the Meath outfit trailed by a goal to Borrisokane in the second game.

In the end, the Tipperary side, who eventually went on to win the title, ran out 3-0 winners but a single-goal win over St Muredach's in the final game did bring some relief for the home county side.

Unfortunately, St Peter's came up against a Scoil Mhuire side on top form in the third and fourth-place play-off and Daragh Nolan's consolation goal was the only positive point in a 5-1 loss. Roscommon's Convent of Mercy won the girls' section in the end, with Tipp's Borrisokane CC claiming top spot in the boys' section.