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Captain Dara McGoldrick is presented with the Ulster Schools’ Maguire Cup - View Full Size Image
Captain Dara McGoldrick is presented with the Ulster Schools’ Maguire Cup
The winning Maguire Cup Hurling team - View Full Size Image
The winning Maguire Cup Hurling team
Action from Conor Moore during the Maguire Cup Hurling win - View Full Size Image
Action from Conor Moore during the Maguire Cup Hurling win
Action from Dara Mooney during the Maguire Cup Hurling win - View Full Size Image
Action from Dara Mooney during the Maguire Cup Hurling win
Playing in a blizzard during the Maguire Cup Hurling win - View Full Size Image
Playing in a blizzard during the Maguire Cup Hurling win
30/03/2017 LORETO CLAIM FIRST MAGUIRE CUP HURLING TITLE

The Year 12 hurling team of Loreto College, Coleraine, claimed its first Maguire Cup hurling title on Tuesday 21st March. Playing in blizzard-like conditions against tough opposition at MUSA, Cookstown, Loreto prevailed for a hard fought victory.

In what was literally the last puck in the last of three group games, a late Conor McKelvey equalising point against St Michael’s, Enniskillen, put Loreto through to the semi-finals. The Coleraine hurlers also came through the group stage unbeaten, securing a win over St.Columb’s Derry, and another draw against Dungloe. Conor Moore, Conor McKelvey and Dara Mooney, all shone in those games.
 
Some spectacular saves from goalkeeper, Leo Passmore, and excellent defending from Oisin Doherty, Cahir Coll and Anthony Christopher, prevented any clear goal threats from a good Dungloe team in the semi-final victory.

Loreto and St.Michael’s, Enniskillen, met again to contest the final in horrible conditions which didn’t help either team when trying to create any clear scoring opportunities. Conor Moore was fantastic in the game while his teammates, Callum Boorman and Dara Mooney, went through a lot of work.  The entire Loreto defence were solid - as it had been throughout the blitz. Largely because of really poor visibility, and despite Loreto having a seemingly perfect Connloath McGee goal disallowed, the game finished 0-1 to 0-1. In extra time the Arctic-like conditions got worse.  However, out of nowhere, as the referee was about to raise his whistle towards his mouth for full time, Conor Moore calmly stroked over the cup winning point.

The team and their coaches, Mr Callum Boyle, Mr Eddie McCloskey and Mr Ryan McAfee were congratulated on a superb win by Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, on behalf of all the staff and students of the College.