This time of the year is always a busy time for schools and colleges in football terms but if you ask the pupils and their teachers involved in teams, it is the time of the year they most want to be active in.
On Saturday past Holy Trinity had a marvellous win in their All Ireland semi final on a scoreline of 1-17 to three points. They now find themselves just sixty minutes away from emulating what Kilrea achieved last year in lifting the All Ireland Title.
They face St. Brogan’s of Bandon in the final this weekend and can expect a tough challenge as they bid to lift their first All Ireland at this level. Here’s hoping Peter Canavan’s young team can capture the title.
Also on Saturday Loughmacrory take on Killybegs in the semi final of the Ulster Intermediate league. Trillick are still involved in the senior section of the competition and it would be great for Tyrone football if teams from the county could manage to make it through to the finals of their respective competition.
Sadly for St. Joseph’s Donaghmore the great adventure is over as they lost their All Ireland semi final last Saturday to Gortnor Abbey Crossmolina. I suppose coming so soon on the back of their Ulster win did not help with the preparations and although it is never easy to lose a semi final, the school can reflect on some great achievements this year and winning their first senior title will live with them for many a year.
Overall it has not been a week to remember for Tyrone schools in terms of titles won as both St Pats Dungannon and Omagh CBS came up short in their respective finals. The Dungannon lads had led by four points at one stage in the second half while playing with the wind but were undone by defending champions Castlewellan in The Markey Cup final. It was a difficult one for them to take and there will be lots of soul searching about this defeat. Hopefully however the students can learn from this one and come back next year stronger for the experience.á