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The Loreto Year 8 Gaelic team got off to a winning start in this year’s Oisin McGrath Shield by edging out group favourites St. Ciaran’s Ballygawley on a scoreline of 2.1 to 0.2.  The Glenullin contingent of Matthew Johnston, Matthew Smyth, Oisin Bradley, Willy John Bradley and JF Burns all dominated their respective positions. 

The second game saw Loreto face the hosts of the Blitz, Holy Cross College Strabane.  A win would ensure that Loreto would progress to the Quarter Finals of the competition.  From the throw in Loreto dominated; the fact that the ball only crossed into the Loreto half a handful of times throughout the game pays testament to their control of the game.  Niall McLaughlin, Michael Cunningham, Conor McGarry and Ruiari Loughrey were excellent.  Loreto went on to win the game 4.2 to 0.1

The final game of the blitz was played against a very physically strong St Columb’s Derry.  The result would determine if Loreto finished top or second in the group and therefore, who they would play in the next round.  This game was a true test of their character as Loreto found themselves 4 points down within the first 5 minutes.  However, Loreto worked tirelessly in order to get themselves back into the game.  In the last minute of the game Conor Black worked ferociously to win the ball in midfield, he then handed off to JF Burns who obliged and tucked the ball in to the bottom corner of the St Columb’s net.  This levelled the game and ensured Loreto progressed to the quarter finals by finishing top of a very tough group.