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Competition Date 12/01/2019
The 2019 Five Nations Championship for the Alan McKinstry Cup is to be held 23 - 25 May 2019 and will be hosted by the Northern Ireland Schools' FA.

Rod Houston Cup 2018

Once again the Rod Houston Cup lived up to expectations as the friendliest schools football tournament in the SAFIB stable. The venue, as delightful as ever, was blighted by rain as the teams arrived and this was to become even more challenging as the wind picked up too. Throughout the weekend the conditions played a part but nothing was to spoil the enjoyment of the four teams who put up great displays for their supporters and proud parents.

The quality of football was superb and it never ceases to amaze me how much the girl’s game has progressed in recent years. Match reports for each game follow and my thanks go to Diane Fay of the FAIS for putting them together for their website as the SAFIB site was undergoing some strange attack during the tournament which prevented scores being published! All is now back in working order.

Again, the venue at Lilleshall National Sports Centre enhances the competition. Its stature and grand appearance certainly lets the girls know they are here for something special. Somehow everyone, staff included, gets infected by the ‘friendly bug’ which seems to descend on this place at the same time each year!

My thanks to Mark Warren and his team of match officials who manage the games so professionally and also to our resident physiotherapist, Sheila McCauley, who is always at hand to treat any injuries. Many thanks too should go to Mike Spinks for all of his tireless work.

The icing on the cake this year was the inaugural presentation of the Nigel Brown Award for the Outstanding Player of the Tournament by Nigel’s widow, Carol. The honour went to Saffron Bowen of Cymraeg Bro Morgannweg who set a very high standard for others to follow. Roll on next year…

Bohunt win closest final yet and silver medal for Sacred Heart School, Westport in Rod Houston Cup

ENGLISH starlets BOHUNT SCHOOL, WOKINGHAM dashed the dreams of Sacred Heart School yesterday when they secured top spot in the annual Rod Houston Cup for the first time ever.

The Bohunt outfit dispatched the Westport side 2-1 in a tantalising conclusion to the three day tournament as wet and windy conditions hampered proceedings.

Both teams had convincing wins over the other title contenders St. Ivo School and Ysgol Cymraeg Bro Morgannwg of Barry so it was winner takes all on the third day of action.

Day 1
Bohunt School, Wokingham 6-0 St. Ivo School, Huntingdon
Sacred Heart School, Westport 2-0 Ysgol Cymraeg Bro Morgannwg

The opening day of the Rod Houston Cup kicked off on Friday evening in a rain soaked Lilleshall.

The first game in the series was an all English affair with Wokingham’s Bohunt School overcoming St. Ivo School, Huntingdon in impressive fashion. Freya Harris netted a hat-trick as well as a brace from Thomson (2) and a Molly McKeever special to ensure a smooth opening win for the newcomers.

Laura MORAN got the Republic of Ireland representatives off to a flying start in the tournament when she netted twice to take full points from the Barry girls in the other show stopper.

Day 2
Bohunt School 1-0 Ysgol Cymraeg Bro Morgannwg
St. Ivo School 0-4 Sacred Heart School

Saturday morning saw the Bohunt School fail to carry on their fabulous goal scoring momentum from their opening day assault as they faced into their penultimate outing with their Welsh counterparts Ysgol Cymraeg Bro Morgannwg.

Bohunt sealed the victory with a solitary goal from Mia Leonard coming ten minutes from time.

In the other fixture, Sacred Heart School made it two wins on the bounce with a dominant first half performance against 2016 Champions St. Ivo School. Goals courtesy of Leila O’MALLEY, Abi CONWAY (2) and Laura MORAN secured a comprehensive win.

Day 3
Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg 3-1 St. Ivo School
Bohunt School 2-1 Sacred Heart School

The final series of games on Sunday morning saw the Barry School, Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg defeat St. Ivo School’s 3-1 with a brilliant second half performance. Hannah Simpson converted from the spot for St. Ivo’s but the Welsh crew managed to convert their hat-trick of chances to take the points.

It was double celebrations for Ysgol Gymraeg Bro Morgannwg as Saffron Bowen was announced as the Nigel Brown Award recipient following her outstanding contribution over the three games.

With the exciting building in anticipation of the top of the table clash, it was Bohunt who edged the opening exchanges in convincing fashion.

A first half brace courtesy of Molly McKeever and Mia Thompson ensured a two goal cushion for Bohunt at the interval.

The Westport girls were determined to press on and the inform Laura MORAN fired home a brilliant set piece to provide some wonderful excitement in the final twenty minutes.

However, Sacred Heart School couldn’t find that elusive equaliser and Bohunt held on bravely to win their first Rod Houston Cup title for the School.

The 2018 Champions notched up nine goals in three games, only conceding once to the Westport side as they proved worthy tournament winners.

The 2018 Alan McKinstry competition for U14 boys Champion schools from England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Day 1
St Ninian's 1  Ysgol Plasmawr 0

Holyrood 0 (4) St Joseph's 0 (3)

St Thomas More 1 (5) Christian Brothers 1 (3)

The first day of the 2018 Allen McKinstry brought some very close and highly contested matches.  Local tean St Ninian's High were the only team to gain all of three points in their game with a close 1-0 victory over visiting Welsh side Ysgol Plasmawr.  Luke McCormick was the player to secure the match winning goal.
On pitch 2 the other Scottish representatives, Hollyrood, battled a tense goalless draw against the visiting RoI boys from St Joseph's College College, Galway.  In the penalty shoot out for the extra bonus point the visitors came out on top 4-3.
The final game between Christian Brothers School (NI) and St Thomas More School (ENG) was a keenly contested affair.  There could have been seven goals in the first half but both goal keepers were on top form.  St Thomas More took the lead in the 5th minute of the second half  with a close range effort from Bradley Bates which looked to have won the game until Conor Bradley finished off a neat move to level the scores with three minutes remaining.  Tom Andrews in the STM goal made a great save facing his second penalty which won his side the bonus point.  Further great games are expected on Saturday.

Allen McKinstry Day 1
  p w d l f a pts b
St Ninian's 1 1 0 0 1 0 3  
St Thomas More 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1
Holyrood 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
St Joseph's 1 0 1 0 0 0 1  
Christian Brothers 1 0 1 0 1 1 1  
Ysgol Plasmawr 1 0 0 1 0 1 0  

Day 2

St Ninian's High 3  Christian Brothers 1

Holyrood 7 St Thomas More 2

Ysgol Plasmawr 1  St Joseph's College 3

St Ninians continued their strong showing with a good performance against a determined Christian Brothers side recording a secure 3-1 victory to take them into the first place playoff tomorrow.  Their opponents will be their Scottish counterparts Holyrood who came out of the blocks with a vengence to take a 4 goal lead against St Thomas More in only 11 minutes.  STM fought bravely and showed great spirit but were short of luck in this uphill battle which finally ended 7-2.
The final game involving Ysgol Plasmawr and St Josephs was an enthrawling encounter with St Josephs finally emerging as the victors by 3 goals to 1.

Allen McKinstry after day 2
  p w d l f a pts b
St Ninian's 2 2 0 0 4 1 6  
Holyrood 2 1 1 0 7 2 4 1
St Joseph's 2 1 1 0 3 1 4  
St Thomas More 2 0 1 1 3 8 1 1
Christian Brothers 2 0 1 1 2 4 1  
Ysgol Plasmawr 2 0 0 2 1 4 0  

The final day scores were;
St Ninian's 0 Holyrood 2
St Thomas More 0 St Joseph's 5
Christian Brothers 0 Ysgol Plasmawr 4
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The 2017 Allen McKinstry Cupwas played in Swansea, South Wales 19 - 21 May 2017 and hosted by the Welsh Schools' FA.

Friday 19 May

Castell Alun 0  OLSPECK 1
St Ninians 2 Olchfa 0
Thomas Telford 0 (8)  St Brendan's 0 (7)

Saturday 20 May

Thomas Telford 7  Castell Alun 0
St Ninian's 2  St Brendan's 1
Olchfa 1  OLSPCK  3

League table 2017
  P W D L F A Pts BP
St Ninians 2 2 0 0 4 1 6 0
OLSPCK 2 2 0 0 4 1 6 0
Thomas Telford 2 1 1 0 7 0 4 1
St Brendan's 2 0 1 1 1 2 1 0
Olchfa 2 0 0 2 1 5 0 0
Castell Alun 2 0 0 2 0 8 0 0

Final results for 2017
St Ninian's (Scot) 3 OLSPCK (NI) 0
Thomas Telford (Eng) 5 St Brendan's (RoI) 2
Olchfa (W) 3 Castell Alun (W) 0


Allen McKinstry 2017
Swansea University complex, 19-21 May.

Castell Alun School (Wales)
Olchfa School (Wales)
St Brendan’s College (Republic of Ireland)
St Ninian’s School (Scotland)
Our Lady and St Patrick’s College (N. Ireland)
Thomas Telford (England)

The hosts this season, Welsh Schools’ FA, had worked tirelessly to ensure that all would be well for the travelling U14 teams from around the British Isles. Teams arrived on time on Friday with the Northern Ireland contingent doing particularly well after taking a rather circuitous route via Stranraer which saw them visiting every competing country, with the exception of the Republic, on their way to Wales! Frankie obviously thought he was the Olympic torch.

The first round games were all very close with goals being in short supply OLSPCK overcame Castell Alun with a goal in added time, St Ninian’s beat Olchfa 2-0 and Thomas Telford battled out a 0-0 draw with St Brendan’s before winning the penalty shootout 8-7. Some very tired bodies made for a peaceful night at the hotel.
Saturday morning and the overcast skies promised a wet experience which proved to be very light and not too awkward. The goals flowed with Thomas Telford scoring seven without reply against a Castell Alun squad minus their regular goalkeeper but the Welsh lads showed great resilience and fought to the end. St Ninian’s won a very closely contested game against St Brendan’s 2-1 which left the format of the final day’s fixtures awaiting the result of the final game between Olchfa and OLSPCK. With the score at 1-1 and despite being on top for much of the game Olchfa could not find the net, hitting the bar and post on three occasions. OLSPCK staged a classic smash and grab scoring two late goals, the second a one touch lob after their goalkeeper’s long clearance, which saw them go into the 1st/2nd place play-off game against St Ninian’s.

The sun decided to show its face on Sunday and the stage was set for three good games. Olchfa and Castell Alun finished with a 3-0 victory to the local side. Thomas Telford cemented their place as top scorers hitting five against St Brendan’s who managed two in reply whilst St Ninian’s secured a solid 3-0 victory against OLSPK to claim first place.

Overall this was a first class tournament played in a good spirit. The playing facilities were excellent and were only a short distance from the hotel. The Village Hotel in Swansea proved to be superb hosts and fulfilled our needs completely. The organisation of the Welsh Schools’ FA was outstanding and they can rightly be very proud of their efforts. Well done to all.

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The 2016 Allen McKinstry Cup was played in Dublin 20-22 May 2016.  The six teams taking part were;
St Kierans College, Kilkenny
Belfast Boys Model School
Doglas Community School, Cork
Chepstow School
Samuel Whitbread Academy and
Dublin Oak Academy

Sadly, this year there is no representation from Scotland.

Fridays fixtures are;
St Kierans College v Belfast Boys Model School

This was a very closely fought game in which both teams showed their complementary footballing skills.  St Kierans's were playing with confidence and pushing the ball around well when a mistimed back pass left goalkeeper Stephen Barron exposed and his hasty clearance rebounded from the challenging Josh McAteer into the net in the 5th minute.  St Kieran's continued to probe but their efforts, whilst causing a few scares in the Belfast goalmouth, went unrewarded.  The Belfast no nonsense defence ensured that they maintained the advantage as the referee blew for half time.  The second half saw the Kilkenny boys continue with their attacking style and the dangerous Ciaran Brennan was only kept at bay by some resolute defending by Shane Mullen and Jonny Welsh.  St Kieran's were finally succesful when George Murphy met a free kick from the left and headed home in the 54th minute.  Both teams gave their all in the remaining five minutes but the defences held on and the game went into penalties where St Kieran's gained the extra point available 3-1.

Douglas Community School v Chepstow School

A highly entertaining contest between Douglas Community School and Chepstow School finished all square with the Douglas boys edging out their Welsh opponents in the penalty shoot out .The early exchanges saw the impressive Adam O Reilly prompt Douglas into attempting to breach the Chepstow rearguard particularly on the flanks where Andrew Greaney and Destiny Okonkwo were a constant threat.The solid composed Matteo Goddard ensured that the Welsh goal stayed intact,limiting Douglas to long range shots which were dealt with comfortably by Welsh goalkeeper Josh Goodwin Williams .Indeed the Welsh champions had a goal disallowed for offside after 14 minutes signalling a growing threat which saw them take a deserved lead in the 20th minute. A long range effort by Keegan Evered Hall was deflected by a Douglas defender,wrongfooting Andrew Cotter to give Chepstow a lead which they maintained until half time .The second half saw Chepstow attempt to build on their growing confidence . A mazy run by Harry Pinchard resulted in a rash challenge in the penalty area , end result a penalty. A poorly struck effort by Pinchard was easily saved by Cotter . This sparked a renewed confidence in Douglas and a headed equaliser by Ben Lucey levelled proceedings.Both teams had opportunities to win the tie but time ran out and the ensuing penalty shoot out saw Douglas emerge winners 3-2 .

Samuel Whitbread Academy v Oak Academy

This game started well with both teams trying to entertain the rain soaked spectators with some excellent flowing football.  Chances, however, were few and far between and it was not until the 35th minute that Sam Beckwith unlocked the Oak defence with a delicate chip which Jamie Parker was able to latch on to and volley home.  The lead was short lived as Oak took advantage of a break in the Whitbread concentration and Gerardo Mena was at hand to crack home a shot from 25 yards just two minutes later.  Both teams sensed they had a chance of victory and it was Oak who snatched the initiative when Mena was in the right place again to tap home a well directed cross from Jorge Bueno.  Two wet and tired teams left the pitch on the final whistle but both could be proud of their eforts.

Saturday's fixtures are;

St Kierans College 5 Samuel Whitbread Academy 0
Samuel Whitbread found themselves two goals down after 10 minutes after an uncharacteristic sluggish start.  St Kieran's were in fine form and pressing high causing chaos in the opposition defence.  James Ryan opened the scoring on 7 minutes when he slotted home following a quick free kick and was followed two minutes later when Conner Kelly fired one in following a weak corner clearance.  Two substitutions seemed to fire up the English lads who were holding their own until Padraic Moylan tapped home following good approach play down the left flank.  At half time the referee, who had been causing some confusion amongst the Whitbread players, was persuaded to wear a different coloured shirt to the English lads!  The second half was keenly contested but a further goal from Ciaran Brennan was followed late on by a high bouncing ball dropping into the net following a goalmouth melee to give St Kieran's a 5 goal winning margin.

Douglas Community College 5 Oak Academy 1

Belfast Boys' Model School 5 Chepstow 2
Belfast opened the scoring in the sixth minute through Kyle Wilgaus who curled a stunner into the top right corner. The Irish lads went further ahead from the spot in the 16th minute through Spencer Beattie who narrowly squeezed the ball past 'keeper Josh Goodwin-Williams.  In the 27th minute Beattie added to his tally after being put through, he then went on to complete his hat-trick on the stroke of half time with a fine effort from 30yds.  Chepstow rallied and pulled a goal back through Ollie Herbert who rifled one home from distance.  In the last five minutes Matteo Goddard reduced the arrears when he slotted home from outside of the box but on the final whistle Reece Gillespie finished the scoring with a fifth goal for Belfast.

Sunday games;
Chepstow School 0 Samuel Whitbread 0

Dublin Oak Academy 2 Belfast Boys' Modern School 0

Douglas Community School 0 St Kieran's College 4

The 2015 Allen McKinstry British Isles Cup is to be held in at the Billy Neill Soccer Centre in Belfast on 21 - 23 May.  This eagerly awaited individual schools competition is the final SAFIB competition of the season and is always keenly contested.

Competing Teams –

The teams competing in The Allen McKinstry Cup in association with Inspiresport are
1. England Champions - Barnfield West Academy
2. Northern Ireland Champions - St. Columb’s College, Derry
3. Republic of Ireland Champions - Calasanctius College, Oranmore
4. Scotland Champions - Braidhurst High, Motherwell
5. Wales Champions - St. Telio’s, Cardiff
6. Northern Ireland Representative - Our Lady & St. Patrick's College Knock (OLSPCK)

Three points are awarded for a win, 1 for a draw but after a drawn game teams take penalties to secure one extra bonus point.  Any goals scored in the penalty shoot out do not count in the for and against league statistics.

Thursday 21st
St Columbs 1(5)  Barnfield West 1 (3)
OLSP  0  Calasanctius College 6
Braidhurst High 3  St Teilo's 0

League after Day 1
Calasanctius 1 1 0 0 6 0 0 3
Braidhurst 1 1 0 0 3 0 0 3
St Columb's 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 2
Barnfield  West 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
St Teilo's 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 0
OLSP 1 0 0 1 0 6 0 0

Friday fixtures-
St Columb's 2  St Teilo's 1
OLSP  1  Braidhurst 4
Barnfield West 0  Calasanctius 3

League positions after day 2
Calasanctius 2 2 0 0 9 0 0 6
Braidhurst 2 2 0 0 6 0 0 6
St Columb's 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4
Barnfield West 2 0 1 1 1 4 0 1
St Teilo's 2 0 0 2 1 5 0 0
OLSP 2 0 0 2 1 10 0 0

Saturday Matches for final places;

1/2 place play off  Calasanctius 1 (4)  Braidhurst 1 (3) after pens
3/4 place play off  St Columb's 0 Barnfield West  2
5/6 place play off  St Teilo's 5  Our Lady and St Patricks  2

Final placings;

1.    Calasanctius (ROI)
2.    Braidhurst (Scot)
3.    Barnfield West (Eng)
4.    St Columb's (N.I)
5.    St Teilo's (Wal)
6.    Our Lady and St Patricks (N.I)

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