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dramatic end for newpark

St Columba's and Newpark completed Leinster's line-up for the 2013 All-Ireland Schoolboy Championships as both grabbed dramatic late winners to aid their cause last Wednesday in the qualification tournaments.

Playing in Sutton in a three-team group with one side to advance, Freddie Morris volleyed home a key effort 30 seconds from the end of his St Columba's side's game against hosts Sutton Park to earn a 3-2 win. The Rathfarnham school followed up with a 3-1 win over Kilkenny College to confirm their passage through.

Against Sutton, Cormac McCooey put them 1-0 up before Keith O'Hare's corner goal tied up matters. Pascal Dillenberger restored the advantage on half-time only for a Jack Ryan cracker to level the game for a second time.

And that's the way it stayed until the closing minute when Morris raced onto a lengthy overhead and struck home the crucial goal. Ferdinand von Ribbentrop's double and an own goal, meanwhile, underpinned the win over Kilkenny.

In a similar setup at High School, Newpark won their two games both in tightly fought tussles. Herbie Fowler-Hudson's speculative strike eventually won their game against High School.

Andrew Ramsay's double had put the sky-blues 2-0 up before the Rathgar outfit got one back before the late reverse-stick effort from close to the baseline stole the show.

It meant a Newpark win over King's Hospital would put them through and they looked good value for it when Fowler-Hudson, Evan Garland and Finn MacAnna moved them into a 3-1 lead.


But Chris Cole gave Hospital a lifeline and Adam Clayton's second goal of the game made for a nervy closing ten minutes. Johnny McCormack, however, calmly flicked home from mid-circle to grab a 4-3 win and put them out of sight.

It means the two schools join St Andrew's, Wesley and Mount Temple at the showpiece event which will be hosted primarily in Booterstown later this month.