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U16 Gaelic boys make Ulster Schools final

Congratulations to our U16 Boys on their 4-09 to 4-07success against Sperrin in the semi-finals of the Bearnageha Cup yesterday. Captained by Conall King, boys fought hard in a game that ebbed and flowed right to the end. The winning score came in the final minutes with a penalty, converted by Conor O’Hare.


Men of the match were Xavier Rooney and Matthew Turley. Special mention too to Cameron Eakins who scored three goals, as well as winning the decisive penalty.


Victory was all the more satisfying, given we were missing a couple of key players. Credit goes to our youth squad who were called up and who did a sterling job: Gerald Smyth, Fahlin Murphy-McKibbin, Tom Heaney-Sloan and Darragh Russell. The U16 follow in the footsteps of last year’s U18 squad, the first in the College’s history to make an Ulster final. The U18s return to Nolan Cup competition next term.


Head of Boys’ PE Mr Dagen commented: “This victory was five years in the making and is credit to the students and staff involved. Hopefully, we can go one better than last year in the Ulsters.” The final, against either St Joseph’s Belfast or St John’s Dromore, is due to be played in January.


Our Gaelic success makes up for disappointment earlier in the week, when our U18 Boys were beaten 2-1 in the NI Plate by Down High. They will return to competition in the New Year, ready to defend their title in the South Down Cup.


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