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Saints hit a hat-trick

ST Andrew's claimed their third All-Ireland Senior Schoolboys Championship as their experience proved too much for a young Wesley side in the competition's Lisnagarvey final.

ST ANDREW'S . . . . . . . . . 3

WESLEY . . . . . . . . . . 1

In a repeat of the 2008 decider, final-quarter goals from David Nolan and Lee Cole were decisive, as Andrew's knocked Wesley's attempted comeback on the head after Ian Stewart had cancelled out Jordan Larmour's opening goal, capping a well-controlled performance.

Andrew's were deserving winners, holding sway for much of the tie with Cole central to matters, while skipper Mark Loughrey was imperious at the back before his departure due to a facial injury which required a trip to St James' Hospital.


Wesley's Kirk Shimmins, though, had the first sniff of goal when he fizzed a reverse just off target inside the opening two minutes.

But Andrew's were moving the ball around well while reducing the regular emotional element that normally marks their ties with Wesley.

In last year's two Leinster finals, cards were a regular feature but controversy was at a minimum this time around.

U16 international Larmour had Andrew's in front in the eighth minute as Ben Campbell marauded down the right wing, doing all the spadework, and subsequently opened up a simple line to goal.

In response, Shimmins fired another effort just wide for Wesley before Andrew's Cole had a drag-flick stopped on the line by Neil Pelow.

The Andrew's pressure continued in the second period with a sustained barrage, and they finally burst into life with 20 minutes to go when James O'Donovan created the leveller for Stewart.

Andrew's snatched the lead when turnover ball on the 25 was quickly transferred across the circle, with Cillian Hynes selflessly picking out Nolan to walk the ball in.

Eight minutes from time, Cole whipped home a low drag-flick and Andrew's were home and hosed.

In between, Loughrey took a blow to the face, meaning he was unable to step forward to lift the Tasmanian shield, an honour which was bestowed upon the peerless Cole.

SCORERS -- St Andrew's: J Larmour, D Nolan, L Cole. Wesley: I Stewart.

St Andrew's: J Carr, M Loughrey, B Campbell, G Brown, J Henry, A Service, E Foy, L Cole, C Hynes, J Larmour, D Nolan. Subs: R Hohn, W King, E Buttanshaw, A Bailey, R Couse.

Wesley: L Micklem, B McCrea, N Pelow, D Winn, J Dayrmple, K Eickstedt, K Shimmins, I Stewart, D Williams J Roberts, D Walsh. Subs: A Oglesby, J O'Donovan, D Shirley, S Ronan, S Dagg.