Scoil Mhuire Buncrana clinched the FAIS Ulster Senior Schools title on penalties after a hard fought scoreless draw with St Eunan’s in Rathmullan.
Scoil Mhuire 0
St Eunans 0
(After extra-time - Scoil Mhuire won 5-4 on penalties)
In a game that could have gone either way, neither team was able to find the winning goal as the game ended 0-0 after extra-time.
St Eunan’s looked like the stronger team from the off as they held possession and pressed forward. However, they failed to capitalise on this and create any real goal scoring chances. The best chance of the half fell to Daire McDaid shortly before half-time but his shot from close range flew over the crossbar just before half-time.
The second half was much faster paced than the first with both teams playing some fantastic football as they pushed for the opening goal of the game. After a shot from Michael Miller was saved, Scoil Mhuire broke quickly and were in on goal only to be denied by a fine save from Shaun Patton.
The St Eunan’s goalkeeper made another excellent save a few minutes later when a free-kick was swung in and a Buncrana player found himself with a free header at the back post.
St Eunans had a great chance with 10 minutes to go but Chris Flanagan failed to make contact with Michael Miller’s cross.
A late chance fell to the Buncrana side in injury time but somehow the ball flew past the post after a cross from the left went through the box untouched.
Both teams looked tired in extra-time but they pushed forward to try and find a winner. The best chance of extra time fell to McDaid but his shot from the edge of the box was saved by Scoil Mhuire’s Caolan McGonagle.
Neither team was able to find a breakthrough and the game had to be settled on penalties. Both teams scored their first three penalties but after Flanagan’s shot was saved, Mark Coyle calmly placed his penalty into the bottom corner to give Scoil Mhuire a 5-4 shoot-out victory.
This win sees Scoil Mhuire through to the semi-finals of the All-Ireland competition.
Scoil Mhuire: Caolan McGonagle; Michael Noone, Ryan Doherty, Peter Doherty, Paul McDermot; Calum Gallagher, Michael Coyle, Ryan Varma, Georgie Kelly; Mark Coyle, Liam Doherty. Sub: John Campbell, Kealan Dillon.
St Eunans: Sean Patton; Jordan McBride, Sean Hume, Glenn McNulty, Paddy O’Loan; Oisin Hassett, Chris Flanagan, David Tyrell, Daire McDaidl Michael Miller, Jason Doherty. Sub: Conor Coll.