Ursuline SS & Mercy Mounthawk secure silverware in Munster Futsal Finals
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
URSULINE SS, THURLES, TIPPERARY (Girls) & MERCY SS MOUNTHAWK, TRALEE, KERRY (Boys) secured top spot at the FAI Post Primary School First Year Munster Futsal Finals in Waterford Arena yesterday afternoon.
It was a unique occasion as the host County, Waterford had St. Paul’s Community College qualifying both their girls and boys in the provincial decider. A busy day for Nuala Ryan’s troops.
Also in the line-up was 2016 Champions Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare who were runners up in the girls select twelve months previous. A great track record at this event but a disappointing day for the Kerry contingency as they started and finished the day with two victories but it wasn’t enough to progress further.
In the girls division, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney and Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles were all square following their five exciting group games. Both schools had won four with Ursuline dropping points in their penultimate outing against their Cork counterparts.
With their head to head, two apiece a sensational penalty shoot-out decided the winner.
The Thurles tornadoes narrowly won the dramatic showdown 3-2 to clinch the title. A close call for Shane McGlynn’s charges but one that will stand to them when they progress through to the National Finals in early December.
In the boys section, title holders, St. Francis College were hoping to maintain a successful repeat of twelve months ago but the Kerry outfit were exceptional in their demolition of their fellow opponents.
Mercy Mounthawk finished the group on 13 points with four wins and a draw. The points dropped were a result of their second fixture of the day with a 1-1 result against the Rochestown crew.
Both Crescent College Comprehensive and St. Francis College were level on eight points apiece. Runners up spot was guaranteed by the Limerick side as they defeated Rochestown 1-0 in the final group game of the day.
Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles and Mercy Secondary School, Mounthawk, Tralee will now progress to the National Futsal Finals which will take place in the impressive surrounds of Waterford IT Sports Arena on December 4.
LIST OF PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS
Girls | St. Paul’s Community College | Teacher Nuala RYAN
Boys | St. Paul’s Community College | Teacher Nuala RYAN
Girls | Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Blarney | Teacher Simon VAZQUEZ
Boys | St. Francis College, Rochestown | Teacher Stephen BERMINGHAM
Girls | Pobalscoil Inbhear Scéine, Kenmare | Teacher Thomas O’SULLIVAN
Boys | Mercy Secondary School Mounthawk, Tralee
Girls | Ardscoil Mhuire | Teacher Steve CARROLL
Boys | Crescent College Comprehensive | Teacher Fiachra O’DWYER
Girls | St. Joseph’s SS, Spanish Point | Teacher Tom DILLON
Boys | CBS Ennistymon
Girls | Ursuline Secondary School, Thurles | Teacher Shane McGLYNN
Boys | Coláiste Mhuire, Thurles | Teacher Dara FAHY & JP BUTLER
POST PRIMARY SCHOOLS FUTSAL DATES
Ulster November 13 AURA Leisure Centre, Letterkenny
Connacht November 14 IT Sligo
Munster November 20 Waterford IT Sports Arena
Leinster November 21 National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown (Girls)
Leinster November 22 National Indoor Arena, Abbotstown (Boys)
National Final: December 4 Waterford IT Sports Arena