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Marshall gets big chance to impress Irish coach Fulton

By Graham Hamilton

Kyle Marshall is already being marked down as an Irish international defender of the future, and the Banbridge Academy teenager has another chance to boost his credentials when the Subway All-Ireland Schoolboys Championships take place in Dublin over the next three days.

Marshall impressed in Bann's success last October and international coach Craig Fulton took a mental note of his talents as he watched him in the EuroHockey League earlier this month when he not only contained one of world hockey's most prolific strikers in Australia's Glenn Turner but popped up in the opposing circle to score twice to help send Banbridge through to the knock-out stages as winners of their pool.

Altogether, 16 of the island's leading schools will be involved in the series today, tomorrow and Friday - eight from Ulster, five from Leinster and three from Munster - and Marshall and the Academy are out to defend the title they won in Belfast last year.

Coach Mark Cordner still has a strong squad with Marshall, Jake Rowe and keeper Luke Roleston all getting valuable experience at senior club level.

This time the Academy are pooled with fellow Ulster school Methody as well as Villiers (Limerick) and the High School (Rathgar) and should make it through to the semis.

Wallace High could also make it into the last four, with the Lisburn school pooled with Campbell College, Ashton and Newpark Comprehensive.

Andrew O'Hare is the man to watch for Wallace - he knocked in seven goals in a recent game against Grosvenor.

The pool winners progress to Friday's semi-finals at Three Rock's Grange Road ground, with the final later in the day.

Meanwhile, in the Ulster Premier League on Saturday, the big match is at Steelweld Park where Cookstown and Kilkeel renew rivalry - the Red Army beat the Mourne side 1-0 in last week's Irish Senior Cup first round.

Current league leaders Annadale go to Raphoe.

Subway Irish Schoolboys (Dublin):

Wednesday: St Andrew's College: Newpark Comp. v Ashton (1.30pm); Wallace High v Campbell Coll. (3.30pm)

High School: Wesley v Bandon (1.30pm); Friends v Sullivan (3.30pm)

Newpark: St Andrew's v Mt Temple (1.30pm); Royal & Prior v Cookstown (3.30pm) Wesley: High School v Villiers (1.30pm); Banbridge Acad. v Methody (3.30pm)

Thursday: St Andrew's: St Andrew's v Cookstown High (10am); Wallace High v Ashton (11.30am); St Andrew's v Royal & Prior (2.15pm); Bandon v Friends (3.45pm)

Wesley College: Villiers v Banbridge Academy (10am); Wesley College v Friends (11.30am); Methody v Villiers (2.15pm): Wesley College v Sullivan (3.45pm)

High School: High School v Methody (10am); Sullivan v Bandon (11.15am); High School v Banbridge Academy (2.15pm); Campbell College v Ashton (3.45pm)

Mt Temple: Mt Temple v Royal & Prior (11.30am); Mt Temple v Cookstown (3.45pm)

Newpark: Newpark v Campbell Coll. (11.30am); Wallace v Newpark (3.30pm)

Friday: Grange Road: Semi-finals: 9.30am; Final: 2.30pm

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