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Schools' Cup Final: Reaction, report and pictures as St Columb's beat St Patrick's with last gasp Rice winner

St Columb's 2-1 St Patrick's (AET)

By Gareth Hanna

St Columb's have claimed the Danske Bank Schools' Cup thanks to a last gasp winner at Seaview.

Scott Rice hit the vital goal with just two minutes of extra-time remaining. It was a low free-kick that squirmed past Fintan Canavan after the keeper had handled outside the area. He did well to claim the high ball before the striker but couldn't avoid tumbling just outside the box.

The sides had gone in drawing 1-1 at half-time. St Columb's started strongly and deservedly took the lead on 12 minutes through Cian McGarvey. He profited when Ryan Doran picked the pocket of a defender and delivered a cross that McGarvey showed great desire to reach before his marker.

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St Columb's' dominance was gradually worn down by St Patrick's who drew level in the final minute of the half through Callum Shields. A perfect flick from Caolan Conlan played him through on goal and the clinical finish matched the build-up.

The big talking point of the second period came in the final throws as St Columb's Callum Doherty looked to be through with a shooting opportunity but referee Jamie Robinson called the game back for a foul.

That proved only brief frustration with Rice's winner coming in the nick of time for last year's beaten finalists.

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