Malahide Community School put in a stunning second-half performance to be crowned U16 A Boys All Ireland Schools Cup final winning out 43-30 over St Patrick’s College, Cavan.
Stand out displays from MVP Christian McDonnell, Sean Fitzpatrick and Matthew Poole of Malahide saw them combine for a big 37 points for the Dubliners to see them home to a hard-earned victory.
An extremely close first half saw nothing separating the sides early on. Christian McDonnell and Matthew Poole dominated for Malahide, bagging all of their scoring for the quarter.
While good work from St Patrick’s College saw Daniel Oyeleye and Ciaran O’Brien net some good scores early, while a big three from Cillian Moran helped keep the Cavan side neck-in-neck with Malahide, with the Dubliners leading by just one at the end of the first-quarter, 8-7.
The second-quarter continued in the same vein as every time Malahide managed to get some breathing room on the scoreboard through scores from McDonnell, Oran Flannery and a great three pointer from Sean Fitzpatrick.
St Patrick’s stepped up with a reply every time with Moran, Oyeleye and Arnoldas Juska getting some big scores to see them trail by just two at half time, 20-18.
Malahide began to take the reins of the game in the third quarter though, and put in a huge defensive display to keep St Patrick’s to just three points in the quarter.
At the other end of the floor, they dominated, with McDonnell bagging the opening six points of the quarter, while another big three from Fitzpatrick followed to stretch their lead out.
Two well-taken scores from Poole were followed by another big three from Fitzpatrick.
Despite a well taken score from Oyeleye for St Patrick’s, Malahide had built up a 36-21 point cushion going into the final quarter, outscoring St Patrick’s 16-3 in the period.
St Patrick’s weren’t going down without a fight though, and a superb final quarter from Arnoldas Juska kept the game tense and nervy throughout, as he opened the period with four quick points.
Good scoring from Fitzpatrick, McDonnell and Eoin Timmons at the other end managed to keep Malahide out in front.
Despite a solid fourth quarter from St Patrick’s time ran out and Malahide were crowned champions on a final scoreline of 43-30.
Malahide Community School (Dublin): Sean Fitzpatrick (12), Arthur Behan, Oran Flannery (2), Michael Keys, Cian Whitney, Kyle Scully, Eoin Timmons (4), Andrew Moffet, Cian Goulding, Christian McDonnell (15), Joseph Keogh, Matthew Poole (10).
St. Patrick’s College (Cavan): Rokas Gritenas, Fiachra Dowd, Darragh Smith, Ciaran O’Brien (2), Daniel Oyeleye (10), Arnoldas Juska (9), Liam Rowley, Joshua Mohan, Cillian Moran (6), Leo Jennings (3), Shea Denning, Hernan Sacristan, Aidan O’Reilly, Vince Dolor, Daragh Dempsey.
MVP: Christian McDonnell (Malahide CS)