Moate and Marist into Leinster Finals

Two quarter-finals of the Connacht Post Primary Schools Senior ‘A’ Championship will be played on Wednesday, February 1st at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis in County Mayo.

Holy Rosary, Mountbellew will face Rice College, Westport and that will be followed by the last quarter-final between Saint Jarlath’s of Tuam and Saint Gerald’s, Castlebar.

The winners will join Saint Colman’s of Claremorris and Saint Attracta’s of Tubbercurry in the last four, with the semi-finals penciled in for Wednesday, February 15th. If Holy Rosary get past Rice College, their semi-final opponents will be Saint Colman’s.

Saint Jarlath’s are the most successful Connacht College with 48 Senior ‘A’ titles, but their last championship success was in 2012. Saint Gerald’s last of their four Connacht Senior ‘A’ crowns was back in 2014. Saint Colman’s also have four Connacht Senior titles, the last of which was back in 2009.

Saint Attracta’s are still searching for their first provincial crown at Senior ‘A’ grade, but they did reach two of the last three finals, losing both to Summerhill College, Sligo last year and also losing to Saint Gerald’s in 2014. Holy Rosary, Mountbellew, were last in the Connacht final back in 2005 when they lost to Saint Mary’s of Galway city.

Meanwhile, yesterday in the Top Oil Leinster Post Primary Schools competitions, there were victories for both Moate Community School and Marist College, Athlone in their respective semi-finals. In the Senior ‘A’ Football semi-finals, Moate Community School defeated Good Counsel, New Ross by 1-09 to 0-08. It is the first time a Moate school has reached a provincial senior final since the back-to-back title success of the now defunct Carmelite College in 1980 and 1981.

Moate will face another Wexford side in the Leinster Final after Saint Peter’s of Wexford Town beat the Wicklow schools by 0-13 to 1-08 in the other last four contest.

Another Westmeath school will also be contesting a Leinster Final after Marist College, Athlone booked their place in the Leinster Juvenile ‘A’ Football Final after a two point extra-time victory over Dublin’s Colaiste Eoin on a score-line of 4-08 to 3-09.