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Jake at double but Bann are denied All-Ireland title

By Staff Reporter

Banbridge Academy made a bold bid to retain their Subway All-Ireland schoolboys title but lost to a last minute winner in the final. Jake Rowe did everything he could to help his side - just as he did last year when he scored a hat-trick in the decider - but this time he was restricted to two goals as the Academy lost 3-2 to St Andrew's College.

Mark Cordner's lads had come through their pool to reach yesterday morning's semi-finals and a 2-1 success over Wesley College set them up for the afternoon decider against St Andrew's.

But the Saints had the matchwinner in Ben Walker who netted in the final minute to secure a 3-2 win and a fourth all-Ireland title for the Dublin school in five years.

Rowe, whose goals came from a penalty stroke and a penalty corner, also scored in Banbridge's 2-1 semi-final win over Wesley, with Harry Lockhart getting the other.

But it was heartbreak for Lisburn's Wallace High who lost 2-1 to St Andrew's in their semi, with Ben Nelson their marksman.

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