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Sunday 11 December 2016

FAIS Boys All Ireland Final: Harry McEvoy's goal enough for a Benildus first

St Benildus 1 St Eunan's Letterkenny 0

St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mark Bolton of Colaiste Choilm Tullamoree, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mark Bolton of Colaiste Choilm Tullamoree, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mark Dillon of Colaiste Choilm Tullamoree, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College celebrate after winning the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mark Bolton of Colaiste Choilm Tullamoree, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Darragh Naylor of St Benildus College & Ryron Martin of Colaiste Choilm Tullamore. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Shane Flynn of St Benildus College & Thomas Boyle of Colaiste Choilm Tullamore. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mark Bolton of St Benildus College, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mark Bolton of Colaiste Choilm Tullamoree, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Harry McEvoy of St Benildus College, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Mark Bolton of Colaiste Choilm Tullamoree, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Sean Monahan of St Benildus College, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Luke Murphy of St Benildus College, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Colaiste Choilm Tullamore Team From Left Back: Kieran Doyle, Mark Dillon, Pauric Martin, Josh Evans Colsh, Mark Bolton & Ryron Martin. From Left Front: Jay Sheerin, Matthew Keegan, Jack Bryant, Thomas Boyle & Oisin Keenan Martin. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Luke Murphy of St Benildus College, In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Shane Flynn of St Benildus College & Thomas Boyle of Colaiste Choilm Tullamore. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
St Benildus College Team From Back Left: Darragh Naylor, Jack Corrigan, Luke Murphy, Connor Mooney, Dara Byrne, Sean Monahan, Shane Flynn. From Left Front: Jamie Burke, Harry McEvoy, Aaron O’Toole & Luke Kenny. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Sean Monahan of St Benildus College & Jack Bryant of Colaiste Choilm Tullamore. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Sean Monahan of St Benildus College & Jack Bryant of Colaiste Choilm Tullamore. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Shane Flynn of St Benildus College after taking a penalty. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Shane Flynn of St Benildus College celebrates after taking a penalty. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.
Shane Flynn of St Benildus College celebrates after taking a penalty. In the Leinster Boys 1st year Cup Final: St Benildus College v Colaiste Choilm Tullamore at Leixlip United FC. 26/3/2015 Picture by Fergal Phillips.

HARRY McEvoy’s early strike was enough to secure a first All-Ireland First Year Boys title for Dublin giants St Benildus College.

The midfielder fired home from distance 11 minutes into yesterday’s national showpiece to give Benildus an advantage over Ulster champions St Eunan’s College they would not relinquish.

The Stillorgan school have a decorated history of success at provincial and national levels across the age groups, but had never won an All-Ireland at this age heading into the clash in Gortakeegan.

Eunan’s have a similar pedigree and started the brighter, with striker Finnian O’Donnell going close in the opening stages.

Benildus had just got to grips with the game when McEvoy found the back of the net with an exceptional finish from 20 yards, but neither side could create anything else of note before half-time.

O’Donnell was denied first by the offside flag after the break, before the Benildus crossbar was required to keep his long-range effort out.

At the other end Seán Monaghan forced Eunan’s stopper Dylan Doogan into a fine save, but it was his opposite number Conor Mooney who had the busier conclusion to the game.

Cooney first parried O’Donnell’s effort onto his post, before late in the game rushing off his line to put off the same player as he found himself through on goal, but could only rush his effort wide.

ST BENILDUS: Conor Mooney; Aaron O’Toole, Jack Corrigan, Darragh Naylor, Dara Byrne, Luke Murphy, Luke Kenny (Killian Augney 50), Harry McEvoy, Jamie Burke, Sean Monaghan, Shane Flynn.

ST EUNAN’S: Dylan Doogan; Kieran Toban, Eoin Dowling, Charlie White, Steve O’Donnell, Darragh Ellison, Enda McDermott, Conor O’Reilly, Finnian O’Donnell, Jordan Nugent (Jack Murphy 44), Jamie Grant (David Smith 44).

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