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Marian edge closer to history after reaching first final in 26 years

MARIAN COLLEGE are just one win away from history going into tomorrow's FAIS Leinster Junior Cup Final against St Oliver Community College, Drogheda.

The Ballsbridge outfit have never won a provincial title and are only returning to a final for the first time in 26 years at McKelvey Celtic FC (1.00 KO) tomorrow.

They face an unusually quick turnaround if they are going to get the job done at U17 level, however, after only coming through the semi-finals on Tuesday.

Marian had to come from behind at Wayside Celtic's Jackson Park against Arklow CBS to claim the victory.

When James Bailey was taken down in the box Eric Reynolds made no mistake from the penalty spot to erase their first-half deficit, before captain Dean Gannon sealed victory with a second-half winner.

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The South Dubliners will now face Olivers, who saw off another capital side, Beneavin College, on penalties in their final-four clash last week.

The contest finished 2-2 after extra-time, but the Drogheda school had the edge in the resulting penalty shoot-out, winning 6-5.

If Marian are to make history tomorrow, they will have to do what their south Dublin neighbours St Benildus College could not in the last two years.

On both occasions, Benildus were beaten by sides from outside the capital – Ratoath in 2012 and Presentation College, Bray in 2013 – despite taking the leading in both games.

Meanwhile, former Nagle Community College player Alan Browne was honoured with the prestigious FAI Schools International Player of the Year Award last weekend.


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