Friday 15th April.
Soccer. Leinster League Girls U18 Quarter Finals. Portmarnock CS 1 - Wilson’s Hospital School 3
Following an unfortunate discipline incident the Multyfarnham girls made the trek to Portmarnock with three key defenders on a three match ban. Nonetheless in a sign of the depth of quality available to acting coaches Liam Boggs and Gavan Kierans, the Wilson’s girls were able to field a squad that was “All Killer, No Filler”. The Wilson’s Hospital squad even had the luxury of a substitute goalkeeper.
In perfect conditions Portmarnock CS got off to a fine start. They struck the crossbar in the first minutes of the game. This was enough to waken up the Wilson’s girls. By half-time the teams were still finely balanced at nil-all.
Portmarnock certainly had as many chances as the Wilson’s girls. They must surely have thought they would go ahead when they beat the Wilson’s keeper in a goalmouth tussle only for the most composed of defenders, Third Year’s Laura, to calmly clear from the goal-line.
Wilson’s got stuck in straight after the restart. Jillian playing at Right Forward slotted home a fine goal. 15 minutes later Lauren (Left Forward) made up for some early misses by breaking through to put Wilson’s 2 up. In the 60th minute Second Form dynamo Megan G came on for Clara in Left Midfield. This freshened up the Wilson’s attack. Megan was unlucky not to be on the scorecard when she hit the crossbar.
With ten minutes to go Portmarnock were rewarded for their overall effort. 1st Year student Sarah Boyle fired a high long shot toward Leanne in the Wilson’s goals. The hard dry pitch surface ensured a high bounce which slipped over the advancing Leanne’s reach.
Defender Davina suffered a painful hip injury and was replaced by Fifth Former Megan with 14 minutes to go. Wilson’s held on under sustained Portmarnock attack. With two minutes of injury time played Jillian broke through on the right hand side of the penalty box and booked a place for the Wilson’s girls in the Semi Finals with a beautifully finished goal. The game ended Portmarnock 1 Wilson’s Hospital School 3
Best for Portmarnock were goal scorer Sarah Boyle, Lyndsey Loftus, Shauna Cummins and Kim White. Especially good for the Wilson’s squad were defenders Davina , Laura , mid-fielder Gunda and young super – sub Megan.
Wilson’s Hospital School play Holy Family, Rathcoole at home at 2 pm, Wednesday 4th May in the semi-final.
Thursday 14th April.
Rugby. The Junior Boys' Team was in a Leinster Section 'A' League Final today against St. Patrick's Classical School, Navan. The score ended 17 - 17. The game was very tight throughout. This team reached the final of the Division 2 League last week and the semi final of the Section 'A' Shield the previous week. Both were very competitive games which Wilson's unfortunately lost. So it great to see them rally at the end of this game to secure the draw. They were 10 up in the first twenty minutes with a good try from MJ which was converted by Matthew. There was a penalty scored by Matthew just before half time. When the game restarted Navan game out and got a number of scores leaving Wilson's with a lot to do towards the end of the game. Neville scored a great try. Joe and Lochlainn had very steady games throughout. Wilson's had a good scrummage all day and won the ball against the head on a Navan scrum which ultimately resulted in a score which levelled the game. Unfortunately there will not be a replay so late in the season so the teams will share the title and the trophy. Congratulations to all the players on the squad and coaches Fred and Frances Butler.
Wednesday 13th April.
Boy's Soccer. The U18 Boy's Soccer Team were in action today against Belvedere College. The team played very well as a group. The final score was 7 - 5 to Belvedere and one of those goals was scored by Abdullah who was asked to play for the opposition who were short players! Wilson's goals came from Emeka and Sean. Mark scored an amazing goal from within his own half! The team are looking forward to the final game of their competition to be played just after the Easter holidays.
Athletics. The North Leinster athletics competition got under way today for minors and juniors and some intermediates. Wilson's Hospital School had a very successful meet including Hanna who got a silver medal in the U14 discus. Aline came second in the U14 hurdles and shot putt while Mark also got a silver medal in shot putt. Mark and Arianna both came 4th in their javelin competitions. Victoria and Mervyn came first and won gold medals in their U16 and U15 100m competitions respectively. Mr MacEoin is looking forward to the next athletics meeting already..