The All Ireland Schoolboys Championships commenced at four Ulster Venues, Edenvilla Park, Craigavon, Ferris Park in Dromore, Havelock Park and Banbridge Academy in Banbridge.
The sixteen teams were made up of 8 Ulster schools, 5 from Leinster and 3 from Munster and were divided into 4 groups consisting of 4 teams each.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 25 2023
Group 1 got underway when Bangor took on Ulster rivals Campbell/Regent in the opening game and secured a 1-0 victory. In the second game of the day Leinster side Wesley College saw off Munster’s Bandon Grammar 4-1.
BANGOR 1-0 CAMPBELL/REGENT
WESLEY COLLEGE 4-1 BANDON GRAMMAR
Wesley lead Group 1 after day 1 with Bangor in second place.
Group 2 saw another all Ulster clash as Wallace High School took on Cookstown High School in the opening game. Wallace took all the points in a 3-0 win. Leinster’s St. Andrew’s secured top of the table spot on Day 1 with a 6-0 win over Templecarrig of Glendalough.
WALLACE HS 3-0 COOKSTOWN HS
ANDREW’S COLLEGE 6-0 TEMPLECARRIG
St. Andrew’s lead group 2 with Wallace High school in second place after Day 1.
Group 3 had another all Ulster clash where Sullivan Upper took on the defending champions Banbridge Academy. The holders sent out a message to all comers that they intended to retain their trophy by winning 3-0. The second game in the group saw Munster’s Newtown School from Waterford took on The King’s Hospital from Leinster and won 4-2. Newtown’s Peio Garate had a day to remember, helping himself to all four goals in their win.
GROUP 3 :
SULLIVAN UPPER 0-3 BANBRIDGE ACADEMY
NEWTOWN SCHOOL 4-2 THE KING’S HOSPITAL
Banbridge Academy top Group 3 on Day 1 on goal difference from Waterford’s Newtown School in second place.
Group 4 had RBAI take on Friends School in the opening game. RBAI ran out 4-1 winners. In the second of the groups games Leinster side The High School from Rathgar in Dublin beat Munster’s Midleton College by 1-0.
RBAI 4-1 FRIENDS SCHOOL
THE HIGH SCHOOL 1-0 MIDLETON COLLEGE
Ulster’s RBAI lead the way in Group 4 on goal difference from The High School of Rathgar in second place on Day 1.
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On Day 2 Group 1 kicked off as it were with a game between Bandon Grammar and Bangor and the Ulstermen won 3-1.
GROUP 1: BANDON GRAMMAR 1-3 BANGOR
In the second game in Group 1 of the Day Wesley College from Leinster beat Ulster’s Campbell/Regent by 3-1
WESLEY COLLEGE 3-1 CAMPBELL/REGENT
In the afternoon the morning’s two winning sides took on each other.
Ulster’s Bangor against Leinster’s Wesley College and this clash of the titans ended in a 1-0 win for the Ulstermen.
BANGOR 1-0 WESLEY COLLEGE
This secures first place in the Group for Bangor and Wesley are in second three points behind the leaders.
Munster’s Bandon Grammar took on the equally wounded Campbell/Regent in the other afternoon game of the group. The Ulstermen won this game by 5 goals to 2 securing third place in the process with Bandon in fourth with zero points.
CAMPBELL /REGENT 5-2 BANDON GRAMMAR
GROUP 2: Wallace High School played their first Group 2 game of Day 2 against Leinster school Templecarrig. They won by 2-0.
WALLACE HS 2-0 TEMPLECARRIG
In both sides early match of Day 2 in Group 2 , Cookstown and St. Andrew’s College couldn’t be separated and ended in a 2-2 draw.
COOKSTOWN HS 2-2 ST. ANDREW’S COLLEGE
The two strongest teams in Group 2 faced each other in their final outing of Day 2 and it was the Ulstermen who emerged victorious by two goals to one. This gives Wallace a 100% record and 9 points out of 9. St Andrew’s finish five points behind in second place on 4 points.
ST.ANDREW’S 1-2 WALLACE HS
Ulster school Cookstown and their Leinster opponents Templecarrig from County Wicklow played out a 1-1 draw in the final game of Group 2. COOKSTOWN 1-1 TEMPLECARRIG
Templecarrig got their first point of the tournament but remain in fourth place. Cookstown got their second point of the tournament securing third place in the group.
GROUP 3: Sullivan Upper were first up in the action this morning but had no answer’s to a powerful Newtown School from Waterford.
The Munster men ran out comfortable winners on a 3-0 scoreline.
SULLIVAN UPPER 0-3 NEWTOWN SCHOOL
The defending champions are keen to add another title to their roll of honour and dispatched Leinster school The King’s Hospital by three goal to nil in the opening game on Day 2 in Group 3
THE KING’S HOSPITAL 0-3 BANBRIDGE ACADEMY
On the basis of Day 1’s results this was the clash of the two strongest teams in Group 3. And they couldn’t be separated it finished 1-1.
NEWTOWN SCHOOL 1-1 BANBRIDGE ACADEMY
Newtown finish second in the Group 4 table and Banbridge win the group despite both sides being level on seven points apiece.
In their final Group 3 game of this year’s competition King’s Hospital took on Ulster school Sullivan Upper. And the Leinster Men were made to fight every inch of the way for their narrow 4-3 win.
THE KING’S HOSPITAL 4-3 SULLIVAN UPPER
This was the first win of the Group for King’s Hospital who were made fight all the way to victory to secure third place in Group 3. Sullivan Upper ended up fourth without any points.
GROUP 4: Midleton College took on RBAI in their first game of the day and ended up on the wrong side of a 2-5 scoreline for the Ulstermen.
MIDLETON COLLEGE 2-5 RBAI
In the second morning game of the Group 4 schedule Leinster’s The High School lost 1-2 to Ulster’s Friend’s school.
THE HIGH SCHOOL 1-2 FRIENDS SCHOOL
In the second game of the day for these Group 4 schools Friends beat Midleton by 3-2.
FRIENDS SCHOOL 3-2 MIDLETON COLLEGE
The win was only good enough to put Friends School into second place in Group 4, while Midleton College finished fourth.
In the second of the Group 4 games of the day for both sides they ended up honours even after a 2-2 draw.
RBAI 2-2THE HIGH SCHOOL
This draw was enough to secure first place in Group 4 for RBAI.
High School are in third place in Group 4.