PATRICIAN ACADEMY are ready for the All-Ireland Senior C Football Championship final this Saturday in Claughaun at 1pm where they face Connaught champions St Paul's Oughterard.
It has been a great year for the Mallow School, coached by Eoin Carroll and Derek O'Brien, as their footballers have been involved in nine championship games and had big wins in all nine.
In the Cork Colleges, they were in the A grade. They defeated St Colman's in the first round 3-14 to 2- 9 and followed with a semi-final win over Hamilton High School by 3-17 to 1-11.
The Cork final was delayed but the Munster championship saw Academy go from strength to strength.
Their first game in Munster was against St Michael's Listowel in Killeedy where the Academy won by 2-14 to 3-6. They followed with a big win over Douglas Community School 3-15 to 0-8.
Their quarter-final was a meeting with Presentation College Mardyke. On this occasion, they went on another high scoring spree winning by 3-17 to 3-6. The Munster semi-final was against Scoil Mhuire agus Ide (Newcastlewest) played in Ballyagran, Mallow were again easy winners by 4-12 to 2-9.
The Munster final was against St Augustine's Dungarvan in Ballyporeen. Over the hour the better balanced Academy side prevailed and in the end they took the title by 4-13 to 2-8.
Their scorers in the Munster final were Barry O'Shea 2-2, Eanna O'Hanlon 1-4, Kieran Twomey 0-4, Conor Corbett 0-3, Ben O'Connor 1-0.
The All Ireland semi-final was next against Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon. Played in Abbeyleix, Academy were again to the fore and five goals helped them to a decisive win in the end.
They led 2-7 to 0-2 at half time. The final score was 5-8 to 1-9. Conor Corbett had a hat trick of goals.
Their scores came from Conor Corbett 3-2, Eanna O'Hanlon 1-1, Eoin Kelleher 1-1, Conor McMahon 0-2, Brian O'Sullivan 0-1, Barry O'Shea 0-1.
The Simcox Cup final, the Cork Colleges A final, was played last week with Academy facing St Francis College Rochestown at the 4G pitch.
Academy against the wind in the second half turned in a massive performance and eventually won by 2-16 to 2-10 to take this prestigious title for the first time ever.
Their scores in that Cork final came from Conor Corbett 1-2, Eoin Kelleher 1-1, Barry O'Shea 0-4, Kieran Twomey 0-3, Jack Dillon 0-3, Eanna O'Hanlon 0-1, Brian O'Sullivan 0-1, Colm O'Shea 0-1.
St Paul's Oughterard have never won the All-Ireland but have been impressive in Connacht competitions in recent years.
Current Galway manager Kevin Walsh has a son Cathal playing in midfield.
In the Connacht final they defeated Balla Secondary School by 5-16 to 2-8. In the All-Ireland semi-final they recently beat their Derry opponents by 3-9 to 0-12.
Academy draw their players from strong Minor clubs of recent years namely Kilshannig, Clyda Rovers and Mallow. They play slick and smart football and are capable of high scoring as has been the case all year.
They may have to lineout without their key full forward Conor McMahon due to injury.