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Waterford FC representatives, Colm Whelan, Adam Conway and Darryl Walsh who helped Ireland to Centenary Shield success this week.
There were joyous scenes for the Republic of Ireland Schools on Thursday afternoon last as they landed the Centenary Shield with a 3-1 success over their Scottish counterparts in a game played at Whitehall, the home of Home Farm.
Waterford FC were well represented in the squad with Darryl Walsh, Adam Conway and Colm Whelan, all part of Willie O’Connor’s side that regained the trophy thanks to a sparkling first half performance that really was the catalyst .
When referee Sean O’Connor sounded the final whistle it was a great moment as Home Farm went wild and it came as no surprise that the presentation of the Centenary Shield to Irish skipper Cian Murphy was a special moment for the three players and their families.
Ireland went into the game aware that a win would land the title after two draws against England and Northern Ireland after an opening day win over Wales and they got the just rewards with a display that was from the top drawer.
Ali Regbha opened the scoring after six minutes when the athletic striker raced onto a through ball from Jack Ryan before keeping his composure to beat Scotland netminder Fraser Currid from deep inside the penalty area to give the hosts the perfect start.
Things got even better for Ireland when Liam Kerrigan doubled the lead when he showed his class out on the right side of the penalty area before turning the ball onto his left-foot where he gave Currid no chance with a stunning effort that found the top corner of the net.
With Ireland well on top, a third goal arrived before the half hour mark when the brilliant Ali Regbha showed great skill to get into the penalty area and with the Scotland defence unable to fend off the attacker, he slipped a shot past the hapless visiting netminder.
Scotland did up their game in the second half but Ireland remain composed. Adam Conway was introduced at the break to tighten up the defence and while the visitors did grow into the game, they couldn’t take the chances that fell their way.
Ireland keeper Daniel Houghton saved a Cameron Clarke penalty three minutes into the second half before a goal did arrive midway through the half when Nathan Fell headed home from inside the penalty area but both teams did have chances.
The hosts finished strongly in the tie but the game was already decided by Ireland’s first half dominance. Walsh, Conway and Whelan were celebrating a success on what was a day when Irish eyes were definitely smiling in the capital.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: Daniel Houghton (Carndonagh Community School), Kieran Farrren (Carndonagh Community School), Adam Rooney (Yeats College, Galway), Darryl Walsh (St. Declan’s Community College), Peter Adigun (Riversdale Community College), Rory Doyle (St. Francis College, Rochestown), Jack Ryan (Templeogue College), Ali Regbha (Chanel College, Coolock), Liam Kerrigan (St. Attracta’s CS, Tubbercurry), Ronan Manning (Yeats College, Galway); Cian Murphy Captain (Coláiste Dun Iascaigh, Cahir), Adam Conway (De La Salle College, Waterford) Cian Lee (Boyne Community School, Trim), Jake Walker (St. Kevin’s Community College, Clondalkin), Lido Lotefa (Balbriggan Community School), Luke McNicholas (Balla Secondary School), Adam O’Connor (St. Clare’s College, Ballyjamesduff), Colm Whelan (Grennan College, Thomastown).