The Mayo Schoolboys League have qualified for tomorrow's Kennedy Cup final, where they will face the might of the Dublin & District Schoolboys League at 3.30 p.m. at the University of Limerick.
The young Mayo stars took on Carlow in today’s semi-final, scoring two late goals to secure a 2-0 win.
A tense first half ended scoreless and the second half was going the same way until Daniel Kelly headed home a dangerous Ronan Clarke corner with eight minutes remaining.
Adam Nugent then secured victory for his side deep into injury time, bagging his sixth goal of the competition with a calm finish after excellent approach play involving Clarke and Aaron Morahan.
With Mayo’s best ever finish at the tournament being third place in 2004, this year’s side have created history in winning five games from five thus far and qualifying for Saturday’s final.
Mayo started with a 3-1 win over Midlands on Tuesday before another 3-1 win over Dundalk and a 2-0 win over the North Eastern Counties on Wednesday secured top spot in their group.
A 1-1 draw with Kildare in the quarterfinal meant the tie had to be decided on penalties, where Mayo’s goalkeeper, Conor Walsh, came up trumps, saving three of Kildare’s four penalties.
This confirmed Mayo’s passage to the semi-final, and a subsequent historic final on Saturday afternoon.