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Competition Date 04/10/2019
Rod Houston Competition 2019-20

Under 14 Schools Tri Nations Girls Championship – Rod Houston Cup

For the fourth year this competition was held at Lilleshall Hall National Sports Centre, Shropshire, providing excellent accommodation and facilities for the four schools taking part. The competing schools were:
Shenfield High School (England), Carndonagh Community School (Republic of Ireland), Ysgol Glan Clwyd (Wales) and Crompton House CofE School (England).
The Irish girls were first to arrive after an early flight from Belfast and the pronouncement, ‘It’s a castle,’ certainly showed their approval. A tour of the grounds sampling the outdoor vines on the way certainly impressed. By 1:30 all teams were in attendance and ready to start the first series of games.
Crompton House took the lead in the first game but it was short lived as Carndonagh replied within a minute. The English girls scored again in the 16th minute but were unable to hold the lead for long as Carndonagh equalised again three minutes before half time. The Irish girls gradually took a hold on the match early in the second half and a further goal four minutes from time saw them worthy winners.
The second game between Shenfield and Glan Clwyd was also a closely contested affair. Shenfield went ahead shortly before half time only to see the determined girls of Glan Clwyd pull one back shortly after the restart. It was end to end with both defences and goalkeepers working hard until Shenfield eventually broke the deadlock with just three minutes to go. Two excellent games to start the competition!
For day two we had been promised a deluge by the weather forecasters so it was a pleasant surprise to see the sun beaming down. Shenfield v Carndonagh in the first game promised to be a tight contest but the edge was slightly taken off the game when Abbie Harding, the Shenfield ‘keeper, injured her hand in the warm up and had to be replaced by reluctant volunteer, Amye Swinney. Whilst the Shenfield girls were coming to terms with their reorganisation Carndonagh took full advantage and raced to a two goal lead within four minutes but were competently held at bay for the rest of the half. The second half started in the same way as the first, two further goals in four minutes! Shenfield determinedly battled on and Amye put in a brave performance but were unable to penetrate the Irish defence.
The game between Glan Clwyd and Crompton House was a much closer contest. Glan Clwyd opened the scoring in the 21st minute only to see an equaliser scored on the stroke of half time. The two teams gave their all in search of a second goal and the match seemed destined for a draw until Cora Belle broke clear to hit the back of the net with minutes to go.
Both games on day 3 kicked off at the same time with Carndonagh only needing a draw to win the competition for Ireland. Shenfield and Crompton House each needed to win to share the Championship should Glan Clwyd grab the points in their game. Tense stuff.
Crompton House took the lead in the 10th minute only for Shenfield to pull back before half time. The girls from Essex then went on to score two more in the second half ensuring they finished in fine form. Glan Clwyd were showing real determination against a strong display from Carndonagh who finally cracked the defence just on the break to take a half time lead. The girls in green went further ahead shortly after the restart but were pegged back following a flowing move which put Megan Galeandro through to finish in style. The game was finally put to bed when goal scoring machine Ailish Doherty scored her sixth of the competition.

At the presentation ceremony following the conclusion of the competition, SAFIB Executive Committee member Mr Alex Harkin congratulated all of the girls on their skills and determination to do their best for their schools. He mentioned that every player should be proud that they had not only represented their school but also their country. It was with great pride that he was able to present the Rod Houston Cup to Carndonagh Community School.
The Nigel Brown Award for the player of the tournament was once again presented by Carol Brown, Nigel’s widow. There were a number of players in consideration; Ellie Long had been outstanding for Cardonagh and Ailish Doherty had scored in every game, Elise Jennings had been influential throughout and Amye Swinney, as stand in goalkeeper for two games, had helped Shenfield considerably. Cora Belle, Crompton House, had continuously caused problems for opposition defences but the judges eventually decided upon the bravery and acrobatic skills of Cardi Doran in the Glan Clwyd goal as being an outstanding feature of the tournament.
Once again this competition for U14 girls has proved to be a success where football, friendship and appreciation of others efforts have come to the fore. Looking forward to next year…

Scores and scorers;
Wednesday 2 October
Carndonagh Community School 3 Crompton House CofE School  2
(McCarron, McCaul, Grant)           (Weir, Killeen)

Shenfield High School 2 Ysgol Glan Clwyd  1
(Windess, Robins)          (Galeandro)

Thursday 3 October
Shenfield High School 0 Carndonagh Community School  4
                                   (Doherty 3, Brennan)

Ysgol Glan Clwyd 1 Crompton House CofE School  2
(Galeandro)            (Jones, Belle)

Friday 4 October
Carndonagh Community School 3 Ysgol Glan Clwyd  1
(Doherty 2, Brennan)                   (Galeandro)

Shenfield High School 3 Crompton House CofE School  1
(Jennings 2, Robins)       (Belle)

Rod Houston League Final table
  P W D Pts
Carndonagh 3 3 0 9
Shenfield 3 2 0 6
Crompton House 3 1 0 3
Ysgol Glan Clwyd 3 0 0 0

Allen McKinstry Competition 2019

Scotland: Boclair Academy, Glasgow
England: Henry Cort Community College, Fareham, Portsmouth
R O I: Patrician High School, Carrickmacross
Wales: Bishopston Comprehensive School, Swansea
Northern Ireland: Aquinas Grammar School & St Columb's College

Fixture details for 2019:
All games at the Billy Neill Soccer Centre

Thursday May 23rd  KO 5:00pm
St Columb's College 0 (4) Patrician High School 0 (2)
A cagey first half with both defences in control. Derry lads St Columb’s showed an early spark but Patrician soon found their rhythm however goalmouth action was in very short supply. Oisin Babbington denied Columb’s an opening goal with a superb full length save and Lee Duddy was unfortunate to see his late effort rise over the crossbar. 0-0 at full time but St Columb’s took the bonus point with a 4-2 win of the penalty shoot out. DW

Aquinas Grammar School 2 Bishopston Comprehensive 1
Bishopston gained much of the early play with Ben Lloyd, the Bishopston captain, came close with a long range shot which was just wide. Stout defending by Aquinas’ Jamie Cunningham brought them back into the game. Ben Burns struck a fine free kick to see Aquinas take the lead and Joar Blanck brought of a superb save five minute later to ensure the lead was not increased. The second half saw Bishopston with more attacking play, Ben Lloyd and Jasper Payne combining very well. Cunningham and Jack Toner were also creative but clear chances were like hen’s teeth! Jasper Payne scored from long range to level the scores but Cunningham was there again to pop in the winner two minutes from time. KJ

Henry Cort Community College 2 Boclair Academy 3
After a lack lustre first half the game sprang into life in the 35th minute when Boclair’s Zak McKay broke away from two defenders to shoot the ball neatly into the corner of the net from a tight angle. Cort’s reply was immediate when a shot from the edge of the box was cruely deflected by a defender past the stranded Conor Sherin in the Boclair goal. Henry Cort then took the lead when Ollie O’Mahony pounced on a rebound from Sherin and slotted it home. Boclair then replied with a neat header following a corner when Ben Conduit found the net. An intricate passing move five minutes from time led to the winning goal when a shot from McKay struck the post and rebounded into the path of Muhammad Adam who found the back of the net. OA

Allen McKinstry Cup Day 1
  P W D L F A Pts BP
Boclair Academy 1  1  0  0  3  2  3  
Aquinas Grammar 1  1  0  0  2  1  3  
St Columb's 1  0  1  0  0  0  1  1
Patrician High 1  0  1  0  0  0  1  
Henry Cort 1  0  0  1  2  3  0  
Bishopston 1  0  0  1  1  2  0  

Friday May 24th KO 10:30am
St Columb's 3 Henry Cort Community College 1
Henry Cort opened the scoring in the 16th minute when, following a corner, Ben Evans struck a shot from the edge of the penalty area which left St Columb’s ‘keeper with no chance. Sean Carlin nearly brought the scores level as the first half came to a close but his effort rattled the bar and stayed out. St Columb’s fortunes changed early in the second half when Lee Duddy floated a cross into the box which deceived the ‘keeper and found its way into the net. Toby Steward redeemed himself with a brilliant save to keep the scores level but could do nothing when Jack McFeely converted a difficult chance from 10 yards out. McFeely scored the decisive goal with 3 minutes to go with another cracking effort. OA

Aquinas Grammar School 1 Boclair Academy 0
A great game of skilful football kept the crowd enthralled but neither team could dominate. Ben Conduit looked threatening when Boclair attacked but was well marshalled by the Aquinas centre backs Ben Burns and Tom Carroll. Jack Toner was causing problems for the Scots defence but the breakthrough came following a penalty awarded for a clumsy tackle. Up stepped Burns to crisply dispatch the ball to the back of the net. The second half was a tense affair with chances few and far between. There w some excellent interlinking passes by both teams and, when needed, top goalkeeping at both ends. The Northern Irish supporters were urging the clock on, the Scots were fighting for every minute but when the final whistle came only one clumsy tackle separated the teams. Super football lads! DW

Bishopston Comprehensive 4 Patrician High 1
Patrician had the best of the early exchanges with Oisin McNally linking well with Dualta Honney. Bishopston took the lead, however, when Osian Thomas rose highest to head home from a corner in the 12th minute. Honney netted the equaliser three minutes later following some good midfield play. Bishopston hit back when Dylan Matthews headed home in the 22nd minute and Ben Lloyd made it 3-1 five minutes later. Bishopston had taken their chances well. The second half started well for Patrician but they could not make the final ball count. With luck going completely against them Declan Lynch was unfortunate enough to deflect the ball into his own net and complete the scoring. KJ

Allen McKinstry Day 2
  P W D L F A Pts BP
Aquinas Grammar         2  2  0  0  3  1  6  
St Columb's 2  1  1  0  3  1  4  1
Boclair Academy 2  1  0  1  3  3  3  
Bishopston CS 2  1  0  1  5  3  3  
Patrician High 2  0  1  1  1  4  1  
Henry Cort 2  0  0  2  3  6  0  

Day 3 fixtures  Saturday 25 May
(Due to a technical problem the fixtures of the first two games have been adjusted to previoisly published)

10:00am  Henry Cort 3 Patrician 3
What a way to finish the tournament off! Patrician had players eager to get back for GAA in the afternoon and Henry Cort had an early ‘plane to catch - let’s start early. Early KO negotiated, a shame the hotel laundry lost the English kit!
Playing in unfamiliar colours the Henry Cort lads went down to a first minute goal scored by Kian Duffy on their first attack followed by another two minutes later when Cian Conlon doubled the lead! When Dualta Honney added a third in the seventh minute a rout was on the cards. The pressure continued but resolute defending and heroics from Toby Steward in the Cort goal kept the Irish lads at bay until half time arrived. Both teams made changes and a ray of hope for the Hampshire lads came in the 35th minute when Elliot Simpson clawed one back. A second Cort goal from Simpson in the 41st minute really injected some extra excitement into the game. With seconds remaining, a Cort free kick was fired into the box for Ben Evans to rise above the Irish defenders and head home. Honours shared! Just a matter of another game and a ‘plane to catch now… DW

10:15am  Boclair 5 Bishopston 4
Boclair took an early lead in this game when Brodie Kerr’s shot bounced and deceived the ‘keeper in the 3rd minute. The Scottish lads went on to have the better of the first half showing some neat passing movements. Zak McKay increased the lead in the 16th minute and then added a third in the 25th. Bishopston’s players were rewarded when Ben Lloyd pulled a goal back just on half time. The second half started brightly and Kole Connelly put the Scots further ahead after 33 minutes but refusing to be outshone the Welsh lads hit back with goals from Jasper Payne in the 35th and 37th minutes. Ben Lloyd doubled his tally in the 41st minute to bring the scores level and a final flourish was eagerly anticipated. Boclair reclaimed the lead when Callum Sandilands found the net in the 51st but not to be deterred the Bishopston boys battled back and had an effort cleared from the line in the closing seconds. Where’s goal line technology when you need it? KJ

10:30am  Aquinas 1 St Columb's 3
The play-off for first place was the all Northern Ireland affair between Aquinas Grammar and St Columb’s College. The game started well with both teams trying to play good controlled football but clear chances were few and far between. St Columb’s took the lead in the 18th minute when the ball was cruelly deflected into the Aquinas goal by a defender. Ten minutes later Jack McFeely put the Derry boys further ahead with a well taken goal. St Columb’s scored another through Oran Kelly in added time to hold a three goal lead at the break. Aquinas, to their credit, came back into the game in the second half and pulled one back when Jamie Cunningham scored in the 36th minute but this was to be the last of the goals and St Columb’s claimed the Allen McKinstry Cup for the second time in the history of the competition. OA

Winners of the Allen McKinstry Cup for 2019 are St Columb's College.

You can download photographs of the event until June 8th from

courtesy of Paul Kerr, NISFA.


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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