A double to Thomas Golding has booked Mt Albert Grammar School a spot in their first Lotto Premier Boys Final since the year they won the competition in 2012. Meanwhile Sacred Heart (Auckland) have made their fifth straight final in the row dating back to 2014.
Sacred Heart and St Pats Wellington who already met in a 1 all draw on Tuesday, will go down as one of the better semi finals for a while. Going all the way to spot kicks after an end to end affair, with both team's hitting the woodwork multiple times.
Sacred Heart were hoping to put to bed their last memory of penalties at a national tournament which was the final last year against Hamilton Boys High School. St Pats Wellington already has penalty practice at this tournament when they beat Nelson College in the Quarterfinal the day before.
Sacred Heart made amends for that penalty loss a year ago, as Kingsley Sinclair, Jack Duncan, Malcolm Young, Max Ongley and Riwai Stanton all converting from the spot as they booked a spot in the final for yet another a year.
A double to Thomas Golding had Mt Albert Grammar 2-0 up at half time, Dawson Straffon gave the unbeaten Auckland champions hope of sending to extra time for further. Despite pushing for the final goal it didn’t come and MAGS are in their first final since they beat Auckland Grammar back in ‘12.
In the earlier meeting Sacred Heart and Mt Albert Grammar School (MAGS) have had in the premier Auckland competition this year. Sacred Heart won the first one 4-0 but MAGS learned alot from that day and managed to hold Sacred Heart to a 4 All Draw in their second meeting later on in the season.
Sacred Heart tournament started well finishing top of Pool B. With a Milan Gross goal being the difference in a 1-0 win over Lincoln High School. They then dealt to New Plymouth Boys High School 3-0 and then that 1 all draw with St Pats Wellington. They then had a 2-0 win over St Paul’s (Hamilton) and a 3-0 win over St Pats Silverstream in the Round of 16 and Quarterfinals respectively. Before piping the only Wellington team left St Pats Wellington on penalties in yesterday’s semi final.
MAGS tournament started with a 2-1 win over Cashmere on Monday. They were then upset 2-1 by St Paul’s (Hamilton) but won a must win game over Wellington Champions Hutt International Boys School 1-0 to book a spot in the final 16. On Wednesday, they knocked of Kings High School 2-0 in the Round of 16 match. Then knocking Scots College out 4-3 in a high scoring affair that afternoon, then made it to the final with a 2-1 win over St Kentigern.
The two teams playoff in the final today at 1 PM.
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