A goal in the depths of extra-time from David Boakye sealed a place in the final of the FAI Schools Dr Tony O’Neill National Senior Cup (U-19, Large Schools) for St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny.
St Eunan’s College 1-0 Presentation College, Athenry
In today’s semi-final against Connacht champions Presentation College, Athenry, in Ballisodare, Co Sligo, the board had just gone up to indicate one minute of injury-time before the dreaded penalty shoot-out. Then a free-kick from Adam Murphy was headed back across the six-yard box by Fonad Bashar and Boakye headed the only goal from close range.
Until then there was little or nothing between the two sides, with Michael Kelly’s team replacing Fintan Doherty in goal with Bryan De Costa, with Doherty part of the Ireland quad for the U-17 squad who have travelled to Portugal and take on the hosts on Wednesday, followed by Finland on Saturday and Bulgaria next Tuesday in the Elite Phase qualifiers.
Letterkenny Rovers’ Leon Doherty was also an absentee from the 3-1 win over Carndonagh Community School at Aileach last week and was played by Dylan McAteer. There, after a scoreless first half, the Letterkenny side managed goals from Leon Boyce Blake, Ryan Creevey and Tiernan Brown, before a consolation goal was scored by Sean O’Donnell.
The other All-Ireland semi-final between De La Salle College, Waterford, and St. Mary’s CBS, Enniscorthy, Wexford, has yet to be played.
St Eunan’s College, Letterkenny: Bryan De Costa; Dylan McAteer., David Boakye, Fonad Bashar, Tiernan Brown; Niall McCrossan, Jay Maguire, Ryan Creevy, Nathan Plumb; Leon Boyce, Adam Murphy. Subs used: Ultan McMonagle, Noah Barrett.
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