12 April 2013
Summerhill College, Sligo 1-0 CBS Sexton Street, Limerick
Ryan McManus (15)
RYAN MCMANUS was the hero for Summerhill College on Wednesday as his first-half goal secured the Sligo school the coveted Umbro FAI Schools Dr. Tony O’Neill Cup.
This final at Home Farm FC in Whitehall proved to be a tight battle with CBS Sexton Street from Limerick vying to collect their third senior crown in six years.
It wasn’t to be, however, as McManus had them playing catch-up with only 17 minutes gone by supplying an exquisite finish.
When Eoin Nicholson’s shot was blocked, McManus controlled the rebound on the edge of the box.
With goalkeeper Jamie Stewart out of his goal, the match-winner kept his cool to volley beyond the retreating defenders into an empty net.
McManus might have had his second on the half hour from a penalty when he was upended in the box by CBS Sexton’s Glen O’Connor, leaving Referee Eddie Reilly pointing to the spot.
Stewart in the CBS goal got down well to keep the spot-kick out with his legs.
Though the Limerick school survived another scare on the stroke of half-time as Jack Selby’s header crashed back off the crossbar, they regrouped at the break and improved as a unit for the second half.
For all their territorial dominance, however, the All Ireland champions of 2008 and 2009 lacked a clinical edge in the final third of the pitch.
Jamie Bromell drew a good save from Ryan Blake with 10 minutes left when the striker cut in the from the right, while Chris Hogan might have done better in stoppage time with a shot 18 yards which blazed over the crossbar.
Earlier, midway through the second half, Nicholson could have sealed it for Summerhill when his header rebounded off the base of the post.
Brian Tivnan’s outfit held on to secure the Senior crown, last captured by the School back in 1997. Captain Jake Dykes who is currently serving Ollie Horgan’s side at International level for the Centenary Shield campaign received the Cup from FAI Schools National Treasurer, Mr. Alex Harkin
SUMMERHILL COLLGE, SLIGO: Ryan Blake, Brian Glennon, Jack Selby, Jack Dykes, Daniel Smith, Darren Kilcawley, Ray McManus, Michael Casey (Dylan Feeney 84 mins), Eoin Nicholson; Gary Armstrong, Colm Feeney.
Subs:Stephen Kerins, David Hughes, Darragh O’Brien, Mark McCallion
CBS SEXTON STREET LIMERICK: Jamie Stewart, Anthony Moran, Sam Mullins, Glen O’Connor (Conor Madden 85 mins), Lee Whyte, Trevor Hogan, Jason Mullins, Shane Walsh, Chris Hogan, Jamie Bromell, Eddie Byrnes (Niall O’Connor 85 mins).
Subs:Ciaran Hanlon, Soran Abid, Cian Keogh
Teacher:Michael Molyneaux. Coach: Jason O’Connor
REFEREE:Eddie Reilly (Dublin)
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