Football: Northern Ireland Schools’ Cup semi-final success

Congratulations to Grosvenor’s first XI football team which emerged victorious against R.B.A.I. at Seaview on Wednesday 22nd February, to secure its place in the final of the Northern Ireland Schools’ Cup for the second consecutive year.

The team, which defeated last year’s runners-up Ballyclare High School in the previous round, began the match in ideal fashion when captain Stuart Nelson curled a delightful cross from the right flank to find Matthew Tumilson, who expertly headed home for an early advantage.

Following this the lead was soon doubled when another cross from Nelson was this time met by Josh Kelly, who was left free in the box, to put his team into an early 2-0 lead. Not content with this comfortable leading margin, however, the team refused to take its foot of the pedal and soon doubled its advantage prior to half-time: firstly following an incredible strike from Daniel Martin, after good work from Conor Kernohan down the left, and then as the result of a second goal from Josh Kelly, who expertly flicked home a cross-come-shot from Kurtis Elliott to bring the score-line to 4-0.

Despite a strong start to the second half from an R.B.A.I. side keen to turn the match into more of a contest than the first half had been, GGS defenders Daniel Larmour and Lewis Cunningham performed admirably to weather the storm before a third strike from Josh Kelly fired his team into a 5-0 lead; significantly, Josh’s hat-trick was his second in the semi-final of the competition in as many years, having also achieved this incredible feat during last year’s 6-0 victory over Boys' Model at the same stage of the Cup.

Despite an R.B.A.I. consolation GGS midfielder Conor Kernohan soon restored his team’s five goal advantage when, following an incredible run from his own half, he played a one-two with Kelly before placing the ball in the back of the net. Not content with this impressive effort, however, he soon added a second, and Grosvenor’s seventh, to put the result beyond doubt.

Although R.B.A.I. added one more goal before the final whistle, Grosvenor’s place in this season’s final showpiece was never in doubt and they now look forward to this encounter on St. Patrick’s Day, when they will compete against either ‘Edmund Rice College’ or`St. Columb’s College’, who contest their semi-final next week.

The final of the competition will take place at Seaview on 17th March, with kick-off at 11am: the entire Grosvenor community wishes the team, as well as its coaches Mr Tomkins, Mr Winters and Mr Kernohan, the best of luck for this match, when they will hope to secure the trophy for, incredibly, a second consecutive year.

Grosvenor's first XI football team which comprehensively defeated R.B.A.I. by 7 goals to 2 in the semi-final of the Northertn Ireland Schools' Cup on Wednesday 22nd February.

Grosvenor's players deep in discussion prior to their semi-final against R.B.A.I.