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Winners of the Ulster Colleges Danske Bank Brother Mallon Cup, with team coach Mr C. Boyle - View Full Size Image
Winners of the Ulster Colleges Danske Bank Brother Mallon Cup, with team coach Mr C. Boyle

A late Aaron Christie goal ensured a one point win over St. Michaelís, Enniskillen, securing the Brother Mallon Cup for Loreto College Coleraine in the Ulster Colleges ĎCí Hurling Under 14 Ĺ Dankse Bank competition, on Thursday 15th May.

On a very fine day, the final stage of this competition was played at the Mid-Ulster Arena, which included winners, Loreto, St.Michaelís, Enniskillen, Colaiste Feirste, Belfast, and St. Colmanís, Newry. The Loreto College team won three games to claim the title. Their opening game was a hard fought battle, which saw Loreto overcoming St. Colmanís by two points (1-5 to 1-3). An assured win over Colaiste Feirste in the next game meant that Loreto needed one last result against St. Michaelís. Little separated the Derry and Fermanagh schools. Loreto were edging the contest by two points at half-time (2-1 to 1-3). St. Michaelís started the second half strongly by quickly scoring a goal and three points. However, Loreto reasserted their grip on the game by adding 2-1 to their tally to take a dramatic one point victory at the end. The final score was: Loreto 3-2, St. Michaelís 2-4.

The Brother Mallon Cup involved two stages, taking place on the 6th and 15th of May. Loreto enjoyed wins over St. Josephís GS, Donaghmore, St. Markís HS, Warrenpoint and St. Michaelís College, Enniskillen to qualify for the final round on 15th May. The only blemish on the Coleraine teamís opening day record was a defeat at the hands of St. Colmanís. However, Loreto avenged this loss by beating the Newry school in the opening match of the final stage, which showed a lot of character in the players. Their determined spirit proved to be vital when they snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the final moments of the deciding contest against St. Michaelís, Enniskillen.

Mr Michael James, Principal of Loreto College, paid tribute to the team, made up of students from Y10 with some players drafted in from Year 8 and Year 9, and to their coach, Mr Callum Boyle, on a tremendous success throughout the competition. Mr Boyle commented that the team members had given their all to the competition, had played well and showed great promise for the future.