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Marian hopes mangled after Hulgrane hat-trick

MARIAN COLLEGE'S hopes of a first All-Ireland schools soccer title were ended comprehensively by Connacht champions St Joseph's College yesterday.

A hat-trick from striker Shane Hulgrane saw off the Leinster champions at Athlone IT in the U17 national cup final.

Marian were hoping to complete a fantastic treble of achievements in just under two weeks going into yesterday's Minor Cup decider.

After defeating St Oliver's College, Drogheda 2-0 in the provincial decider a fortnight ago to claim a first Leinster title, they followed that up with an All-Ireland semi-final victory over Ulster's St Eunan's College.

But St Joseph's proved a different proposition altogether for the Ballsbridge side, with Hulgrane opening the scoring on 22 minutes yesterday.

Marian responded immediately, with Aaron Montgomery's free-kick going close and Clayton Maher firing wide after a good run.

The Dublin side dominated proceedings until half-time as Dean Gannon almost found Eric Reynolds just yards from goal, before a James Bayley volley was well saved.

A second Hulgrane goal after the break dashed Marian's hopes, however, and he sealed the result with his hat-trick goal soon after.

MARIAN COLLEGE: Jason Murphy; Jonathan Farrelly, Clayton Maher, Dean Tilly, Chris Croke, Aaron Montgomery, James Bailey, Dean Gannon (capt), Sean Rimmer, Eric Reynolds Doyle, Andrew Doolin, Daniel Lane, Shane O'Connell, Joseph McGlue, Adam Kavanagh, Niall Foley, Mikael Rawat, Ben Leka, Vittori Ferrai.