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Post Primary Schools National Cup competitions halt midway through season

Summary to date of our FAI Schools National Cup Champions 2019/20

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The FAI Schools Post Primary Schools National Cup competitions came to an abrupt halt a fortnight ago (March 12) just short of our midway point of the season.

FAI Schools organise National Cups in the boys and girls sections, with 8 divisions apiece catering for small and large schools tailored for Under 19, 17, 15 and 14 age groups.

Each provincial branch will also offer an extensive local League structure co-ordinated by teachers voluntarily.

The series of competitions provide football to over 510 post primary schools nationwide with almost 38,000 students participating annually. 

With the usual culmination of 16 National Cup Champions we look at the listing of the 2019/20 Roll of Honour; the Association have 6 Cups completed (4 girls and 2 boys) and 2 at final stages (boys)! Here’s a recap of the action thus far this season!  

Killina Presentation Secondary School, Rahan, Tullamore are the standout team this season with a remarkable double Cup success at Senior ‘B’ and Junior ‘B’ categories. The girls also won the Leinster Minor ‘B’ contest so they’re hoping that the current hiatus will be wrapped up by Easter so they can add to their trophy collection.

The Offaly girls first came to prominence three years ago while capturing the Minor ‘B’ title defeating Champions St. Mary’s SS, Newport to take their first National scalp. A year later, the Offaly side claimed the Junior ‘B’ (moving up the grade) and this year has seen them defend their Junior ‘B’ crown while adding the Senior ‘B’ (progressing through the grades again), an impressive record for Graham O’Connor and Philip Austin’s charges.

Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny and Claregalway College, Galway contested two National Cup Finals this year. The Kilkenny side won the Senior bout while Claregalway gained revenge to snatch the Junior.  These two schools have been major powerhouses in recent years with some previous Schools International stars performing exceptionally well for their educational institutions.

Likewise the boys competitions have been progressing well with two National Cups decided and two at Final stages. 

Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Dún na nGall were named John Murphy Cup Champions following a successful campaign this year which saw them overcome PCC Falcarragh 4-1 in the provincial showcase to retain the honours. A solidarity goal saw them overcome St. Farnan’s PPS, Prosperous in the National Cup semi-final and but it took extra-time to see off defending Champions St. Joseph’s SS, Foxford in the national decider.

While new kids on the block St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick Street claimed their first National title in the Junior ‘B’ division which was just established three years ago. Glenamaddy Community School, Galway were the first ever winners while neighbouring School O’Connell CBS, Brunswick Street captured the silverware twelve months previous. A wonderful record for the two Brunswick educational institutions in this competition.

There are four finalists awaiting their faith in this season’s series with St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny and Douglas Community School, Cork ready to contest the FAI Schools Dr. Tony O’Neill Senior National Cup Final while Salesian College, Celbridge and Presentation College, Athenry are eager to finalise the FAI Schools Tom Ticher Junior National Cup Final campaign.

FAI Schools Girls National Cup Champions 2019/20

Summary To Date

Senior Cup                          Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny

Senior ‘B’ Cup                    Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Offaly

Junior Cup                          Claregalway College, Galway

Junior ‘B’ Cup                    Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Offaly

Minor Cup                          

Minor ‘B’ Cup                    

First Year Cup                   

First Year ‘B’ Cup

   

Senior ‘B’ Cup

Killina Presentation SS, Tullamore 3-1 Midleton College, Cork

Becky Watkins (2), Ellen Dolan (10), Saorah Doyle (13)                                                   Hanna Roch Perks (77)

The Tullamore crew captured the FAI Schools Senior ‘B’ Girls National Cup on January 29 in the RSC, Waterford.

A stunning opening quarter ensured the silverware as Watkins, Dolan and Doyle converted. Midleton to their credit enjoyed much of the possession in the second period and their endeavours were rewarded late on through the impressive Hanna Roch Perks.

A first senior title for the Killina girls following previous success at Under 15 and Under 17 levels.

Senior Cup

Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny 3-1 Coláiste Bhaile Chláir

Niamh Phelan (2), Freya De Mange (78), Cliodhna Donnelly (80+2),                                                Elisha Bohan (70)

It was Déjá Vu for newly crowned National Senior Cup Champions PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, KILKENNY following their victory over rivals Coláiste Bhaile Chláir in Athlone Town on February 10.

Their success story rolls on for yet another session following wins over the same opposition in the same venue when they contested both the Minor and Junior titles as Presentation impressed with a National double twelve months previous.

Add to this, the Senior crown this season, and what a legacy for the illustrious side in a short space of time.

Junior ‘B’ Cup

Killina Presentation SS, Tullamore 2-1 St. Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross

Ellen Dolan (11), Becky Watkins (17 pen)                                                                                 Ailbhe McHale (63)

Killina Presentation SS, Tullamore completed the first double Cup success of the year with a narrow victory over Connacht starlets St. Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross in Athlone Town on February 26.

The Leinster side got the perfect start to proceedings when Ellen Dolan converted a Becky Watkins corner 11 minutes in and their lead was extended as the latter converted from the penalty spot six minutes later.

Goalkeeper Joanne Gallagher kept the Killala girls in the contest when she tipped over a Watkins set piece with 47 minutes on the clock.

Ailbhe McHale was on hand to pull one back for Stephen Lacken’s scholars but time was against them as Tullamore’s experience ensured that they kept the advantage to take their second title in quick succession.

Junior Cup

Coláiste Bhaile Chláir 2-0 Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny

Elisha Bohan (55, 70)

COLÁISTE BHAILE CHLÁIR finally broke the Kilkenny resolve to claim an historic victory in their Junior Cup campaign in Athlone Town on March 9.

The Galway side had met the same opposition in the Senior showdown last month losing out 3-1 in a highly entertaining contest. They had also lost both the Senior and Junior Cup Finals to the Kilkenny stalwarts twelve months previous so this victory was bittersweet.

In fact, Cooney’s side were contesting their third consecutive Junior crown having fallen foul of powerhouse Moville Community College 2-1 back in 2018.

The Westerners finally got their hands on the elusive prize with a splendid brace from Elisha Bohan who was exquisite to watch. She was assisted by some sharp manoeuvring of Shauna Brennan and Kate Slevin and super sub Michaela McGough in a wet and windy Midlands venue.

FAI Schools Boys National Cup Champions 2019/20

Summary To Date

Dr. Tony O’Neill Senior Cup          St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny or Douglas Community School

John Murphy Senior ‘B’ Cup        Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Dún na nGall

Tom Ticher Junior Cup                   Salesian College, Celbridge or Presentation College, Athenry 

Junior ‘B’ Cup                                    St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick Street, Dublin

Minor Cup                                          

Minor ‘B’ Cup                                     

First Year Cup                                   

First Year ‘B’ Cup 

  

John Murphy Cup

Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair 3-2 St. Joseph’s SS, Foxford (AET) 1-1 FT

Steven MacPhaidin (33), OG (106), Patrick O’Fearraigh (109)                                      Caolan Hopkins (45+2)

St. Joseph’s SS, Foxford relinquished their hold on the John Murphy Cup on February 5 in Ballisodare United, Sligo following a sensational conclusion to this season’s Cup crusade. 

Leading 2-1 with just four minutes remaining, the defending champions not only saw opponents Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair equalise, but then watched on in agony as the Donegal school snatched victory right at the death.

The eventual winners took the lead on 33 minutes through Steven MacPhaidin but Caolan Hopkins equalised for St. Joseph’s before half-time, leaving it 1-1 at the break.

Chances at either end in the second half were not availed of and it remained 1-1 at full-time.

St. Joseph’s went ahead just at the end of the first period of extra-time, Captain Liam Durkan with the goal, but the late drama favoured Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair as an OG four minutes from time was followed up by a screamer from Patrick ‘Dixie’ O’Fearraigh to produce the winner just minutes from the end of extra-time to give Ghaoth Dobhair the title.

   

Junior ‘B’ Cup

St. Paul’s CBS, Nth Brunswick St. 4-2 Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh

Lee McGregor (30 pen), Tadhg D’Arcy (40),  Lee Dunne (65, 80+9)                         Scott McEvoy (12, 58)

A six goal thriller was played out in the RSC, Waterford on March 4 as Dublin unit St. Paul’s CBS claimed the silverware in a hugely engaging contest against Munster stars Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh.

St. Paul’s saw themselves go one down inside the first quarter as Gaelcholáiste talisman Scott McEvoy converted.

The Brunner equalised on the half hour mark courtesy of a Lee McGregor spot kick while ten minutes later, the Leinster crew took the lead with a Tadhg D’Arcy special to go 2-1 ahead at the break.

The Brunswick pupils were reduced to ten when Blake Scully received a second yellow and subsequent red two minutes into the restart!

Gaelcholaiste equalised just before the hour when McEvoy netted his second of the afternoon.

The Brunner’s Lee Dunne gave the Dublin side a dramatic lead on 65 minutes to extend it to 3-2.

The turning point in the game came three minutes later when Scott McEvoy lined up for a penalty conversion to seal his hat-trick only for Dylan O’Toole to save brilliantly. No hat-trick and no equaliser for the Limerick contingency! Agony for the Munster side.

Lee Dunne put the gloss on proceedings following eight minutes of additional time, he slotted home to make it 4-2 in a highly entertaining encounter. 

FAI Schools Post Primary Provincial & National Champions 2019/20

Summary To Date

FAI Schools Senior ‘B’ Boys    (John Murphy Cup)

National Champions        Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Dún na nGall      

National Runners Up       St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford,Mayo

Ulster                                   Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair, Dún na nGall      

Munster                               Coláiste Mhuire, Buttevant, Cork

Leinster                                St. Farnan’s Post Primary School, Prosperous, Kildare

Connacht                             St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford, Mayo

FAI Schools Senior ‘B’ Girls

National Champions        Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Offaly

National Runners Up       Midleton College, Cork         

Ulster                                   Moville Community College, Donegal

Munster                               Midleton College, Cork         

Leinster                               Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Offaly

Connacht                             St. Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross, Killala, Mayo

FAI Schools Senior Boys (Dr. Tony O’Neill Cup)

National Champions       

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                  St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny, Donegal            

Munster                               Douglas Community School, Cork

Leinster                                Chanel College, Coolock, Dublin

Connacht                             Summerhill College, Sligo

FAI Schools Senior Girls

National Champions        Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny

National Runners Up       Claregalway College, Galway

Ulster                                   Moville Community College, Donegal

Munster                               St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newport, Tipperary

Leinster                                Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny

Connacht                             Claregalway College, Galway

FAI Schools Junior Boys (Tom Ticher Cup)

National Champions       

National Runners Up        

Ulster                                    Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana, Donegal

Munster                               St. Francis College, Rochestown, Cork

Leinster                               Salesian College, Celbridge, Kildare

Connacht                            Presentation College, Athenry, Galway

FAI Schools Junior ‘B’ Boys

National Champions        St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick Street, Dublin

National Runners Up       Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Luimnigh

Ulster                                    St. Aidan’s Comprehensive School, Cootehill, Cavan

Munster                               Gaelcholáiste Luimnigh, Luimnigh

Leinster                                St. Paul’s CBS, North Brunswick Street, Dublin

Connacht                             St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Leitrim

FAI Schools Junior Girls

National Champions        Claregalway College, Galway

National Runners Up       Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny

Ulster                                    Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana, Donegal

Munster                               Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Tipperary

Leinster                               Presentation Secondary School, Kilkenny

Connacht                             Claregalway College, Galway

FAI Schools Junior ‘B’ Girls

National Champions        Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Offaly

National Runners Up       St. Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross, Killala, Mayo

Ulster                                    Coláiste Ailigh, Leitri Ceanainn, Dún na nGall

Munster                               Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton, Limerick

Leinster                              Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Offaly

Connacht                             St. Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross, Killala, Mayo

FAI Schools Minor Boys

National Champions       

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                  

Munster                              

Leinster                              Clonkeen College, Dublin / Ardgillan CC, Balbriggan, Dublin (Finalists)          

Connacht                           

FAI Schools Minor ‘B’ Boys

National Champions       

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                   PCC Falcarragh, Donegal

Munster                               Desmond College, Newcastle West, Limerick

Leinster                                               

Connacht                             St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Foxford, Mayo

FAI Schools Minor Girls

National Champions      

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                 

Munster                             

Leinster                               Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny

Connacht                            

FAI Schools Minor ‘B’ Girls

National Champions       

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                   Mulroy College, Milford, Donegal

Munster                               Pobalscoil Inbhear Sciéne, Kenmare, Kerry

Leinster                              Killina Presentation Secondary School, Tullamore, Offaly

Connacht                           

FAI Schools First Year Boys

National Champions       

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                     

Munster                             

Leinster                              

Connacht                             

FAI Schools First Year ‘B’ Boys

National Champions      

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                   

Munster                              

Leinster                               

Connacht                            

FAI Schools First Year Girls

National Champions       

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                   

Munster                              

Leinster                               

Connacht                            

FAI Schools First Year ‘B’ Girls

National Champions       

National Runners Up      

Ulster                                   

Munster                              

Leinster                               

Connacht     

                       

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