Ryan O’Connor clinched the winning point as De La Salle Waterford beat Blackrock College to capture the Irish Schools Senior Championship at Lucan.
The Waterford Castle player beat Woodbrook’s James Cronin 3 and 2 in the decisive match to give De La Salle Waterford a 3.5 to 1.5 win overall after earlier victories for Andrew Mulhall (5&4) and Charlie Dawson (3&2) put the eventual champions within one point of overall success.
De La Salle Waterford beat Presentation College Athenry 4-1 in their semi-final as Blackrock beat Sullivan Upper, Rory McIlroy’s alma mater, by the same score in the other semi-final.
The All Ireland Schools Junior Championship takes place on Wednesday with St Michael’s College from Dublin, Coleraine Grammar, St Colman’s, Claremorris and Waterford’s De La Salle battle for the title.
The two best stroke play scores for each team will count.