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Tiernan's in final thanks to Mwale

ERNEST MWALE (pictured) continues to take the schools' soccer season by storm after his four-goal display fired St Tiernan's Community School into the All-Ireland Senior 'B' Cup final.

Only last week, the pacey striker scored a brace in the Leinster showpiece to see off Patrician College, Finglas and earn his side their first ever tournament win.

Evening Herald Star of the Week award winner in October, Mwale's two-goal display in the U19 provincial final also gave him the distinction of scoring in every single round.

From his extra-time winner in the first round against 2010 winners Coláiste de híde, Mwale made a goalscoring contribution to each win in the incredible run of Tiernan's.

The south Dublin minnows also knocked out 2011 winners Greenhills College and defending champions St Killian's DSD on their way to a first title.

Any fears that they would rest on their Leinster laurels when Tuesday's national semi-final came around against Cavan's St Mogue's College in Mullingar proved way off the mark too.

Mwale was eager to push his goalscoring tally for the season beyond 30 and he single-handedly gave his side a four-goal lead against the Ulster champions, before Paddy Hennessy completed the scoring bonanza late on.

The defender's late long-range strike wrapped up the 5-0 victory and ensured Mwale did not take all the goalscoring headlines.

Tiernan's now face an All-Ireland final date with destiny on February 12 against the winners of the other outstanding semi-final between Connacht and Munster.


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