Beragh U-14 Boys’ Team secures League & Championship Double

Tuesday evening last (11th July) in Eglish, saw the U-14 boys’ team add the Grade 3 Championship title to the League title which they had secured just 5 days previous with an exciting victory over Clann na nGael.  Despite fielding in the Final without the services of the unfortunate Jack Darcy (holidays) and Luke Kelly (injury), the lads produced a powerful hour of football to overcome a competitive Naomh Pádraig team (an amalgamation of Brocagh, Derrytresk and Killyman).

Enjoying the benefit of great support from parents and the wider community, the team played with slight wind advantage in the first half.  Strong performances from Cathair Kelly, Cathal Donnelly, Patrick McCann and captain Jonathan Owens among others, helped ensure the team had built up a commanding half time lead of 3-09 to 1-03.

However, the third quarter saw a rejuvenated Naomh Pádraig up their game and began to physically assert themselves, particularly up front where Terence McKenna and Joseph Owens were defensively having their hands full.  The improved performance from Naomh Pádraig did result in several scores, notably 2 goals which narrowed the gap.  However, the hallmark of this U-14 team all year has been their ability to respond positively to any set back.  As McKenna and Owens got to grips with the Naomh Pádraig attack, ably supported in defence by Fiachra Donnelly and Conor Hackett, strong performances up-front from Conor Owens, Aaron Treacy and Cathal Donaghy helped the team to respond with 2 majors of their own, along with a brace of points which led the team to a 5-13 to 3-06 victory.

This Championship victory caps a fine year for the lads who also won the Feile title earlier in the year.  They will certainly be looking forward to the Club’s Youth Presentation Night in the autumn when they will receive their medals and further deserved recognition for their quite outstanding success.  It is quite an achievement to won 3 titles in a playing season, made all the more notable by the fact tha

t they were undefeated all year.  Well done indeed lads!

The team were also rewarded for their great efforts all season when they travelled on Sunday last to the Ulster Finals in Clones to cheer on the Tyrone Senior team as they took on Down.

The boys would like to place on record their thanks to their parents, who apart from ensuring they were on time for all training and matches, also arranged the refreshments after the Championship Final in the pavilion.  It was greatly appreciated by all.

U14 Boys League, Championship and Feile winners 2017.

U14 Boys League, Championship and Feile winners 2017.

U14 Boys League, Championship and Feile winners 2017.

U14 Boys League, Championship and Feile winners 2017.