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The team celebrate their victory in the Ulster Colleges Nagle Cup - View Full Size Image
The team celebrate their victory in the Ulster Colleges Nagle Cup
Team Captain James Gillen receives the Ulster Colleges Nagle Cup from Carl McCabe, Tournament Co-ordinator - View Full Size Image
Team Captain James Gillen receives the Ulster Colleges Nagle Cup from Carl McCabe, Tournament Co-ordinator
02/05/2013 GOALS GALORE AS LORETO TRIUMPH IN NAGLE CUP

The Year 10-11 Gaelic team from Loreto College Coleraine scored a decisive victory in the Final of the Ulster Colleges Nagle Cup against Aquinas Grammar, Belfast on 26th April at Meadowbank Sports Arena Magherafelt, where a highly impressive Loreto side confidently came out on top. 

Loreto started brightly with early goals from Liam Tosh and Jack O’Doherty, who seemed slightly sharper from the first whistle than their markers.  Aquinas found it hard to break down the Coleraine side that played against the wind in the first half. More scores were added by Gareth Doherty, Conor Gillen, Thomas Magee and Shay McLaughin. Scores from attacking half backs Sean Quinn and Conor Rafferty kept the score board ticking. Yet again Liam Tosh and Jack O’Doherty caused problems for Aquinas by doubling their scoring tally after hard work from Shane McIntyre and John Mullan around the half forward line. A great save from goalkeeper Shea McTaggart and great defensive performances from James Breslin, Conor Boyle and Shea Doherty kept Aquinas out in the first half, which ended with Loreto leading 5-6 to 0-2.

The second half started as it seemed to go on, with Loreto having most of the possession. Solid performances from Loreto’s half backs Sean Quinn, James Gillen and Conor Rafferty and their midfielders Shay McLaughin and Conor Gillen protected their full backs, as well as supplying good quality service for the forwards. More scores followed from Conor Gillen, John Mullan, Sean Quinn, James Gillen and substitute Shea Eastwood, to add to a hat trick goal for corner forward Jack O’Doherty, helped ensure Loreto the victory.

The final score was Loreto 9:12, Aquinas 0:2.

The Loreto team members were: James Gillen (Captain), Connor Boyle, James Breslin, Gareth Doherty, Shea Doherty, Conor Gillen, Thomas Magee, Callum McKinney, Shane McIntyre, Shay McLaughlin, Liam Tosh, Ciaran McNicholl, Shay McTaggart, John Mullan, Jack O’Doherty, Sean Quinn, Conor Rafferty, Aidan Boyle, Callum McKinney, Shea Eastwood, Daniel Roantree, Gianni Papachristopoulus, Feraghal Dillon and Darragh Mullan.

The team-members and their coaches, Mr Kevin Conroy and Mr Peter Loughran, were congratulated on a spirited campaign and a tremendous victory by Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College.

Games which led to the final;
Loreto 1.6, De la Salle Downpatrick 0.1 (Ciaran McNicholl Top scorer with 1.1)
Loreto 7.2, St Joseph’s Derry 1.1 (Gareth Doherty top scorer with 2.0, Shane McIntyre 0.4)
Loreto 2.5, Edmund Rice 2.2 (Conor Gillen top scorer with 1.3)
Semi-final
Loreto 1.8, Colaiste Feirste 1.2  (Conor Gillen top scorer with 0.7)

Match report by team member Conor Gillen (Year 10)