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The Y8 Soccer Captain is presented with the Coleraine & District League trophy by Oran Kearney, Coleraine FC Manager - View Full Size Image
The Y8 Soccer Captain is presented with the Coleraine & District League trophy by Oran Kearney, Coleraine FC Manager
The Y8 Soccer team, winners of the Coleraine & District League title - View Full Size Image
The Y8 Soccer team, winners of the Coleraine & District League title
01/12/2017 LORETO SOCCER TEAM MAKE IT TWO IN A ROW!

The Year 8 Soccer team from Loreto College Coleraine travelled to the Joey Dunlop centre on Thursday 30th November for the Coleraine and District League Final, contested against a strong Cross and Passion College side in a very tense but exciting encounter. 

Loreto began the game playing with a strong breeze.  They used this to their advantage as they applied pressure from the kick-off.  However, the Cross and Passion defence dealt with the onslaught of pressure easily, despite the best efforts of the Loreto players.  The only real chance of the half came just before half time when Leon Boyd struck a half volley from the edge of the box which rattled off the Cross and Passion post and clear. 

The strong breeze continued to be a factor in the second half.  This time with roles reversed, Loreto had to adopt a more defensive mentality.  The ever reliable Loreto back line withstood the oncoming pressure with ease.  Niall McLaughlin, JF Burns, Matthew Smyth and Callum Doherty all displayed defensive qualities beyond their years.  The second half finished 0-0 which would mean the game would go to extra time.

Extra time was very much a repeat of normal time in terms of the wind being a huge factor when each team had the advantage.  Nonetheless, both teams’ defences dealt with it superbly which meant the game ended in a draw and had to go to penalties.

The hero of the penalty shootout turned out to be Ronan Dempsey who saved two penalties throughout the shoot-out.  Both teams put on an exhibition of penalty taking.  However, Ronan’s efforts meant that Loreto won the Coleraine and District League for the second year in a row and remain undefeated. 

Both teams had a fantastic league run, both undefeated throughout their respective campaigns.  The Loreto College players and management would like to thank Cross and Passion for a sporting game and wish them all the best for the future as the two teams will certainly meet again.

Mr E McCloskey, who coached the Loreto College team, paid tribute to all members of the panel who featured in at least one game and equally contributed to the success of the team.
 
Loreto 2017 Panel:
Leon Boyd (captain), Conor Leonard, Ronan Dempsey, Dominic O’Hara, Conor Rafferty, Niall McLaughlin, Corey O’Kane, Joe Dillon, Callum Doherty, Dan Murray, James Francis Burns, Conor Black, Maitiu Egan, Conor McColgan, Ruiari Loughrey, Matthew Johnston, Oisin Bradley, Josh Gibson, John Carey, Conor McGarry, Darryl Letters, Ruby Shuter O’Kane, Niamh Guiney, Layla O’Hara, Niall Clyde, Matthew Smyth, Tiernan Kearney, Brandon McGrotty.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, congratulated the team members and their coach on this wonderful success.