Three wins from three with some top class performances from the whole 16 man squad saw Leinster capture the FAI Schools Under 18 Boy’s Interprovincial championships in the annual three day tournament at the AUL Complex.
By JOHN HUDSON
Sunday’s winner take all clash with the holders Connaught who had also come into the final game with a perfect record went the way of Ian Ryan’s charges on a 2-1 scoreline.
An early goal from Kyle Robinson set Leinster well on their way to a fourth success in six years and when Adam Lennon double their advantage in the opening minutes of the second half it looked like they would go on to a comfortable win.
However Cillian Heaney’s replied for Connaught on the hour managed to give the westerns hope of staging a come back and despite a couple of close calls they failed to get back on terms.
The Leinster side which contained many players from SSE Airtricity League under age sides weathered the storm and with some brilliant passing football they regained control and saw out the remainder of the game.
Head Coach Ryan had guided his side to comfortable wins in their opening two fixtures on the previous two days.
Munster were their first victims on Friday evening when goals from Kyle Robinson, Joe Power and Adam Lennon saw them get off to the perfect start.
Destiny Okonkwo’s equaliser 15 minutes after the break had levelled the game at 1-1 but Leinster proved the classier outfit and hit two more to clinch the win. While in their opener a Ben Molloy second half goal gave Connaught a narrow 1-0 win over Ulster.
Leinster continued their fine form on Saturday and had little trouble hitting five goals without reply past Ulster.
Adam Verdon’s first half penalty had them in front early on and Precious Omochere double the lead by the break.
They followed up with three more in the second half from Adam Lennon, Jack Reynolds and Kyle Robinson to seal the win.
In their second outing Connaught’s Charlie Concannon hit a stunning hat trick as the holders got the better of Munster who had lead 2-1 early in the second half with a brace from Rob Geaney O’Brien. The win set up a final day showdown with Leinster kept Connaught well on track to regain the title.
FAI SCHOOLS UNDER 18 BOY’S INTERPROVINCIALS
Ulster 0 Connaught 1 (Ben Molloy)
Munster 1 (Destiny Okonkwo) Leinster 3 (Kyle Robinson, Joe Power, Adam Lennon)
Connaught 3 (Charlie Concannon 3) Munster 2 (Rob Geaney O’Brien 2)
Leinster 5 (Adam Verdon pen, Precious Omochere,Adam Lennon, Jack Reynolds, Kyle Robinson) Ulster 0
Ulster 2 (Patrick Ferry, Shaun McDermott) Munster 4 (David Okonkwo, Dylan Casey, Evison Rramani, David Bosnjak)
Connaught 1 (Cillian Heaney) Leinster 2 (Kyle Robinson, Adam Lennon).