Aquinas failed in their attempt to reach the U16 national Cup Final when they lost 48-33 St Clement’s College, Limerick.

Aquinas went in at half time trailing 28-23 but a poor third quarter during which the Limerick school went on a 12-0 run, put an end to any hopes for Aquinas players, coaches and supporters.

Aquinas simply couldn’t contain the bigger and more athletic St Clement’s team and although a brace of three pointers by George Horner cut the lead to 10 points with two minutes on the clock, the winners deservedly advanced to the final with Marshall and Burchardt amassing 38 points between them.

For Aquinas, Aidan O’Kelly, hit 8 points while Horner, Maguire and Caskey had 6 apiece.

Aquinas will get one more shot at All-Ireland glory early next year at the All-Ireland league play-offs, having secured another Ulster title last Friday defeating Rathmore 52-41 in the final at UUJ.