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Ashbourne Community School (Back l-r) Eoin Leahy, (Coach),  Sam O'Brien, David Carr, Andrew Duggan, Shane Murphy (Front l-r) Jake McEvoy, Dawson Devoy, Sean Gallagher, Jack Halligan

Ashbourne Community School (Back l-r) Eoin Leahy, (Coach), Sam O'Brien, David Carr, Andrew Duggan, Shane Murphy (Front l-r) Jake McEvoy, Dawson Devoy, Sean Gallagher, Jack Halligan

Ashbourne Community School (Back l-r) Eoin Leahy, (Coach), Sam O'Brien, David Carr, Andrew Duggan, Shane Murphy (Front l-r) Jake McEvoy, Dawson Devoy, Sean Gallagher, Jack Halligan

ASHBOURNE Community School are FAI Post Primary First Year Boys Leinster Futsal champions for the first time after seeing off two-time winners Dublin Oak.

After capturing the Meath crown for the first time in the school's history last week, Ashbourne came out on top of yesterday's 12-team provincial tournament at Dublin's National Basketball Arena.

The Royal County school won all four of their Group Two games to set-up a winner-takes-all final clash with Group One winners Dublin Oak.

Dawson Devoy and Jake McEvoy were the goalscoring stars of the show all the way up to the showpiece and, fittingly, the tournament's two top goalscorers set each other up for Ashbourne's decisive goals against Dublin Oak.

The pair opened their accounts in the day's opening game with a goal apiece in a 2-1 victory over eventual group runners-up Wexford CBS.

A five-star showing against Gorey CS yielded a 5-1 victory, before McEvoy produced a brace to crucially see off Naas CBS 2-1.

His late winner after Naas had equalised kept Ashbourne on course for a clean sweep that they would complete with a 6-0 victory against Grennan College.

Competition winners in 2008 and 2012 - they also won the All-Ireland finals that year - Dublin Oak's course to the final was a lot bumpier than their eventual opponents.

Unique

The Wicklow-based private school's large number of Latin students - predominately Mexican - has traditionally given them a unique style of play in this competition that often leads to success.

However, despite beating Wilson's Hospital 3-0 and Mouthrath Community School 4-2, Dublin Oak required an impressive comeback against Donabate in game three to keep their final hopes alive.

Following their own 4-0 opening win, Donabate looked to have seized the momentum in the group when they raced into a two-goal lead.

However, Emiliano Urteaga came to the rescue with a brace to salvage a vital point for Dublin Oak.

Donabate's subsequent 4-0 win against Wilson's Hospital meant the Wicklow champion required a five-goal victory or more against De La Salle Dundalk to top the group and qualify for the final.

Francisco Hidalgo and Inigo Gomez lead the way with a brace each as Dublin Oak turned on the style to win 7-0 and set-up a mouthwatering showpiece.

The price of their emphatic victory against De La Salle appeared to be fatigue, however, as Ashbourne quickly asserted themselves in the final. Devoy and McEvoy picked up where they had left off in the group stages just two minutes into the showpiece as Devoy finished from the latter's assist.

Dublin Oak responded with purpose, but their two best chances to equalise went agonisingly close to being poked home in the box by Hidalgo.

Ashbourne compounded their misery in the eighth minute of what was a 10-minute game when Devoy this time set up McEvoy to round of a great day for the school with their second - and title-clinching - goal.

Dublin Oak boss John McShane - the brother of Ireland senior international and Hull City defender Paul - has plenty of experience of the All-Ireland challenge now ahead of Ashbourne and fancies them to keep making history.

"From our experience anyway, the Leinster finals are actually tougher than the All-Irelands and I think they are capable of going on and winning it," said McShane. "It was a dramatic day for us and I think we used up a lot of gas getting the big win to top the group and it just didn't happen for us in the final."

ASHBOURNE CS: Andrew Duggan; Sam O'Brien, Dawson Devoy, Jake McEvoy, Seán Gallagher, Shane Murphy, David Carr, Jack Halligan.

DUBLIN OAK: Jose Mariano Alvarez; Emilio Cabrera, Alejandro Camou, Eugenio Castro, Daniel Coto, Jorge DeRamon, Mauricio Duarte, Inigo Gomez, Francisco Hidalgo, Alejandro Martin, Diego Paniagua, Emiliano Urteaga.


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