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Novice Saints prove to be key in delivering holders' final berth

HOLDERS St Benildus College are just one game away from retaining their FAI Schools Leinster Boys Minor Cup crown after cruising into this year's final.

Benildus saw off fellow Dubliners Tallaght Community School 2-0 last Friday at Peamount United FC.

The reigning champions have less than a handful of survivors from last year's winning side, but it was the novices who fired them into this year's showpiece.

Despite being held scoreless at half-time, Benildus took the lead one minute into the second half when Luke Doran finished from Ben Hanrahan's cross.

Tom Keane sealed the result before the end when he tapped in after Andy Brennan's long-range shot cannoned back off the crossbar.

Standing in the way of the reigning Under-15 champions is the biggest school in Ireland, Gorey Community School, who sealed their second impressive win in six days yesterday to make their first ever final.

Following last week's quarter-final win over hosts Coláiste Rís, Dundalk, the Wexford school saw off tournament favourites St Declan's, Cabra, thanks to two second-half goals.

Conor Levingston's saved shot fell kindly for Sam Fidler to open the scoring 15 minutes into the second period and Levingston himself headed home the second seven minutes later from Stephen Henpenstall's free kick.