Presentation SS, Thurles & Rice College, Westport capture National Futsal titles



Thursday, December 5, 2019


There was jubilation in abundance in Waterford IT Arena as Rice College, Westport and Presentation Secondary School, Thurles were victorious in the FAI Pos tPrimary Schools First Year Boys & Girls National Futsal Finals this afternoon (December 5).


The teams gathered from as far as Buncrana and as near as Wexford to compete for national honours in the small sided variation.


Rice College, Westport were victorious in the Boys competition, making it back to back victories for Mayo following St. Louis CS, Kiltimagh in 2018. They required a play-off game with 2017 Champions St. Francis College, Rochestown, Cork after both teams were locked on seven points after three games.


Both sides would face each other in the opening game with the Munster squad taking the lead from Eoin Kelly before an own goal would draw the sides level. Conor Reynolds equalised late on to share the spoils in an epic opening round.


The Western outfit would be more ruthless in their second game against Ulster delight Patrician High School, Carrickmacross with Conor Cannon coming to the fore with a hat-trick and an assist in a comprehensive win with Alex Halpin, Andre Ludden and Tom Lambert also netting.


Heading into the final game, both Rice College and St. Francis College knew that a victory in their final game would force a play-off after a last-gasp winner for the Rochestown side against Drogheda team, St. Mary’s Diocesan School. St. Mary’s had taken a 2-0 lead through Paul Galvin and Leon Luzha before a Robert Walker free kick kickstarted the comeback. Eoin Kelly would equalise before Jamie O’Brien struck the winner with the last strike of the game.


The Westport crew would have no concern in their final game against St. Mary’s DS. Goals from Halpin, Cannon, Ludden, an OG and Cillian McGing ensuring a wonderful victory. At the same time, St. Francis enjoyed a 6-3 success against Patrician High School. Despite a Luke Povall hat-trick, Player of the Tournament Jamie O’Brien would net a treble of his own with Noah Sowinski scoring an excellent brace and Eoghan Murphy also adding his name to the scoresheet.


In the five-minute play-off, with tensions on edge, Conor Cannon would rise to the occasion and score twice in the shortened period to give the Westport team the title in a 2-0 victory. St. Mary’s DS, Drogheda would come third, ahead of Patrician High School in fourth following a 3-0 victory for the Louth side in the North-East clash in the opening round.


In the Girls competition, it was much plainer sailing for Presentation Secondary School, Thurles as they secured the title with a game to spare. Player of the Tournament Grace Flanagan was on fire as she led her side from an early deficit in their opening game to secure their opening three points in a 4-1 win. Eimear Keaney would give St. Clare’s CS, Manorhamilton the lead. A quick short corner routine would click twice as Flanagan would profit from before she would score two excellent strikes to extend the lead.


Flanagan would be the star player when her deflected shot found its way past Maeve Kenny in the Presentation Secondary School, Wexford goal. Kenny was influential in keeping the score at 1-0 with a number of fine saves. Thurles would make it maximum points for the day with a 3-1 victory over Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana. Flanagan scored her sixth goal of the campaign and Ella Coppinger also converted a brace for the Tipperary school.


Presentation Secondary School, Wexford would eventually settle for second place with Emma Cullen being the standout performer with four goals, a double in their two winning games. The first brace was taken against Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana and Jane Murphy making it 3-0. Despite the defeat to the winners, they would recover and defeat St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton 2-0 with Cullen’s second brace of the day.


The Leitrim side would take third over their Donegal rivals with a 5-3 victory. Eimear Keaney netted a hat-trick either side of Aine McLaughlin’s double despite Jodie Loughrey scoring twice and Ciara McGee bundling in a well placed corner.


Winner | Rice College, Westport, Mayo

Runner-Up | St. Francis College, Rochestown, Cork

Third Place | St. Mary’s Diocesan School, Drogheda, Louth

Fourth Place | Patrician High School, Carrickmacross, Monaghan


Boys Player of The Tournament | Jamie O’Brien, St. Francis College, Rochestown, Cork





Rice College, Westport 2-2 St. Francis College, Rochestown

Patrician HS, Carrickmacross 0-3 St. Mary’s DS, Drogheda
St. Francis College, Rochestown 3-2 St. Mary’s DS, Drogheda

Patrician HS, Carrickmacross 0-6 Rice College, Westport

Rice College, Westport 5-0 St. Mary’s DS, Drogheda

Patrician HS, Carrickmacross, 3-6 St. Francis College, Rochestown





ST. FRANCIS COLLEGE, ROCHESTOWN, CORK | Joe Lyons, , Robert Walker, Eoghan Murphy, Jimmy Harte, Oscar McCarthy, Ronan Dooley, Eoin Kelly, David O’Kelly, Jamie O’Brien, Jayden Adair Bell, Noah Sowinski, Finnán Gallagher, (Injured Matthew Kiernan)

TEACHERS | Stephen Bermingham & David Donovan


RICE COLLEGE, WESTPORT, MAYO | Peter McNally, Cillian McGing, Conor Reynolds, Conor Cannon, Alex Halpin, Andre Ludden, John Murphy, Luke Durkan, Joey Holmes, Conor Ketterick, Tom Lambert, Matthew McNamara

TEACHERS | Brian Flannery & Darragh Connolly


PATRICIAN HIGH SCHOOL, CARRICKMACROSS, MONAGHAN | Dion O’Gorman, Shane Boylan, Luke Povall, Daniel Breen, Adam Mullins, Mark Hanratty, Seán O’Brien, Conor McGeown, Max Ward, Ben Murtagh

COACH | Francis Matthews PRINCIPAL | Patrick Joseph Duffy


ST. MARY'S DIOCESAN SCHOOL, DROGHEDA, LOUTH | Oran Collins, Kyle Morris, Sam Heeney, Leon Luzha, Alex Divine, Paul Galvin, Eamonn Armstrong, Ethan Burke, Andrew Olajide

TEACHERS | Barry Hobbs & Gavin Brett





Winner | Presentation Secondary School, Thurles

Runner-Up | Presentation Secondary School, Wexford

Third Place | St. Clare’s Comprehensive School, Manorhamilton, Leitrim

Fourth Place | Scoil Mhuire Secondary School, Buncrana, Donegal

Girls Player of The Tournament | Grace Flanagan, Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, Tipperary.




Presentation SS Wexford 3-0 Scoil Mhuire SS
St. Clare’s CS 1-4 Presentation SS, Thurles

Presentation SS, Wexford 0-1 Presentation SS, Thurles

St. Clare’s CS 5-3 Scoil Mhuire SS

Presentation SS, Wexford 2-0 St. Clare’s CS

Scoil Mhuire SS 1-3 Presentation SS





SCOIL MHUIRE SECONDARY SCHOOL, BUNCRANA | Leah Deehan, Heidi Gill, Aine Jordan, Jodie Loughrey, Ciara McGee, Amy McBride Duncan, Kayla McElaney, Sorcha Doherty, Sarah Marie Duffy, Nicole McDaid

TEACHERS | Davey Hone & Breege Grant


PRESENTATION SECONDARY SCHOOL, WEXFORD | Maeve Kenny, Tara Cullen, Zara Corrigan, Arwen Murphy, Jane Murphy, Aisling Roche, Emma Cullen, Angel Doyle, Eva Corrigan, Ella Crotty

TEACHERS | Michael Doran & Cian Doyle


ST. CLARE’S COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOL, MANORHAMILTON, LEITRIM | Katelyn Gilgunn, Lauren Devaney, Emma Fox, Iona Pudney, Eimear Keaney, Áine McLaughlin, Sophie Dalton, Ciara Nolan, Katie Stephenson, Sarah McGagh, Allie White, Erin Chester

TEACHER | Niamh Gallagher COACH | Muireann Devaney


PRESENTATION SECONDAY SCHOOL, THURLES, TIPPERARY | Caitlin Shelly, Emer Dwan, Ciara Shelly, Amy Reddan, Grace Fanagan, Ella Coppinger, Laragh Griffin, Reah Sweeney, Victoria Cantwell, Blathnaid Lloyd, Lucy Callanan, Sarah Byrne

TEACHERS | Barry Ryan & Cian Treacy