Reigning champions Sligo Grammar had to come from behind before seeing off the challenge of Marist College in the semi-finals of the Connacht Schools Senior Cup at Athlone yesterday.
The victory sets up a final meeting with Colaiste Iognaid from Galway city for the third year running.
They can boast a victory each over the last two deciders, so it promises to be a great finale this time round.
Marist, bidding to reach the final for the first time since losing a second successive decider in 2008, were on top early on and Ben Carty put full-back Robert Henshaw in for an excellent try, which was converted by Carty after eight minutes. But the Sligo pack got on top and they reduced the deficit to 7-6 by the interval, thanks to a brace penalties from Colm Egan.
Sligo dominated the second half, but were unable to get through a superb Marist defence, despite several close forays.
But the boot of Egan proved the difference at the finish. He edged Sligo in front three minutes after the restart and landed a fourth penalty 10 minutes from time to seal their place in the final where they will bid for a 10th crown.
Sligo Grammar School -- J McGoldrick; M Martin, J Healy, K McGoldrick, M Green; C Egan, E Gavin; T Ferrari, D Rooney ( M Davey 64), B McCormack; S Boyle, D O'Dowd-Hill; C Brady, C Goulden, D Heath.
Marist College, Athlone -- R Henshaw; E Maher (C Langdon 62), C Seery, R Sheridan, C Fitzgibbon; B Carty, B Digby; B Teape (D Lynch 46), S Flanagan, S Meunargia; K Cooper, T Thornton; S Ryan, E Kelly, M Duddy (N Carr 68).
Ref -- D Flood (CBIRFU).