THE girls from Mucklagh National School and the boys from Clonlisk National School are on their way to the Aviva Stadium in Lansdowne Road after winning Leinster primary schools soccer titles.
They will be joined by the boys' team from Scoil Muire Bainrion, Edenderry who won the large schools competition.
Mucklagh and Clonlisk fought their way to the national finals after coming through tough opposition in Offaly and then two further Leinster rounds, playing matches in Portlaoise and Navan.
The Meath District League grounds in Navan hosted the Leinster finals of the SPAR FAI Primary School 5s programme last week and numerous teams from schools all over the province took part in various categories.
The ‘A’ Cup, open to boys and/or mixed teams from small schools, had four passionate schools with Clonlisk NS, Offaly triumphant in what was a thrilling contest, edging past Ballyduff NS, Wexford.
In the Girls ‘B’ Cup, for medium sized schools, Mucklagh NS, Offaly sealed qualification to the next stage after they overcame a tough challenge from St Brigid’s.
The ‘C’ Cup, for large schools, was another hard-fought contest between four very talented schools. Scoil Muire Bainrion, Edenderry eventually came out on top of the large schools division with a gallant Mullingar Educate Together in second place.
The SPAR FAI Primary Schools 5s Programme has seen participation figures grow year on year to become the largest primary schools’ competition in the country.
In all, 37,448 students from 1,696 schools took part this year, 652 of which hail from Leinster.
Only six schools from Leinster have made it to the Aviva and three of them are from Offaly.
Dave Archbold, Secretary of FAI Schools stated, “FAI Schools look forward to welcoming schools to the National Finals on Wednesday, May 29 in Aviva Stadium. We would also like to extend our thanks to all schools who have participated in 2019.”
The six Provincial Finalists will now travel to Dublin for the National Finals which will be held in the Aviva Stadium on Wednesday, May 29 (kick-off 11.30am).
There will be a “Player of the Tournament” accolade for each section, goodie bags and medals for all 192 participants.
Spectators will be entertained with a super day of footie as well as face painting, samba drummers, a well-known DJ to play some great tunes to gear us up for the games and a chance for one special supporter to win a prize in the Young Sports Journalist competition.