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Saturday 10 December 2016

Ireland reclaim centenary shield

Soccer: Ireland U18s

Lucan star Darragh Markey
Lucan star Darragh Markey

IRELAND’S Under-18 Boys Schools side will look to cap a superb campaign that has seen them regain the Centenary Shield by retaining their 100 per cent record in Scotland tonight.

The hosts stand between the Schoolboys in Green and a clean sweep of five wins from five games ahead of tonight’s clash at Spartan FC in Edinburgh (7.0).

Coláiste Phádraig CBS, Lucan star Darragh Markey’s first-half goal at Sligo’s Showgrounds gave Ireland a 1-0 victory over England last Thursday.

Decider

Only needing a draw against the old enemy to set-up a title decider tonight, debut-season boss Paddy O’Reilly’s side got the job done on home soil and ended a five-year wait to reclaim the Centenary Shield.

Conor Ellis had a goal dissallowed just before Markey’s eventual winner last Thursday, but England responded with a shot that came back off the upright.

Ireland goalkeeper Corey Chambers had a busy second-half keeping the visitors at bay, but it was his oppossite number who denied Seán McSweeney a late second for the home side.

O’Reilly - who was assisted this year by Ollie Horgan, Dave Archbold and goalkeeping coach Richie Fitzgibbon - admits capping the title by finishing with a 100 per cent record would be nice.

IRELAND (u18 boys schs squad): Corey Chambers (Gorey Community School, Wexford), Dan Tobin (Oatlands College, Mount Merrion), Evan Osam (Coláiste Chilliain, Clondalkin), Conor McCarthy (Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal), Paul Murphy (Gorey Community School, Wexford), Aaron Robinson (St Benildus College, Stillorgan), Cian Coleman (Coláiste Chriost Rí, Cork), Ethan Boyle (Wexford Vocational School), Conor Ellis (Coláiste Pobail Bheanntrai), Darragh Markey (Coláiste Phádraig, Lucan CBS), Jason McClelland (Old Bawn Community School), Seán McSweeney (Coláiste Mhuire, Askeaton), Mark Buckley (MICC Dunmanway), Nathan Benson (Rockbrook Park School), Conor Melody (St Joseph’s College, Galway), Lee McCarron (Crana College, Buncrana), Daire O’Connor (Gaelcholaiste na Mara, Arklow), Troy Carey (St Paul’s CBS, Brunswick St)

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