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Loughmacrory U-13s Prepare For Final

Saturday 01.12.2018
Team Talk Mag
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Loughmacrory’s under 13 team will attempt to make history on Sunday when they feature in the Tyrone league decider against Donaghmore in Cookstown at 11.30am.
It’s a rare grade one final appearance for the St Teresa’s who have to go back to their under 21 championship triumph in 2003 for the club’s only grade one success in any age group.
Grade one county final appearances have also come in 2000 (minor league), 2015 (U16 championship) and 2017 (U21 championship) plus there were two grade one Og Sport final appearances back in the nineties.
This year’s under 13 crop has been showing brilliant promise for a few years as the team is backboned by the players who led St Teresa’s primary school to historic consecutive wins in the Tyrone and Ulster Cumann na mbunscoil event in 2016 and 2017.


They have now moved onto the next level impressively and in the last five weeks they’ve beaten clubs such as Omagh, Carrickmore, Killyclogher, Dromore and Trillick to reach Sunday’s county final, although Loughmacrory will very much be underdogs against a Donaghmore team that has easily swept aside all opponents in their under 13 league section.


Donaghmore can also boast a considerable representation from the team that starred in the under 14 league and championship in 2018.
Loughmacrory include former Donegal trainer John McElholm on their management team alongside Shane McCullagh, John Kelly and Barry Fox and all four managers are proud to have sons on the team. Two of those players, Eoin McElholm and Ruairi McCullagh, have also been shining for Omagh CBS in the Corn na nOg in recent weeks and have another major final to look forward to next weekend. Niall Kelly and Eoin Donaghy are also members of the Omagh CBS Ulster final squad.
While Eoin and Ruairi have contributed a lot of the scoring in this year’s under 13 campaign, they are well supported by an impressive group of players. The likes of Gary McAleer, Niall Kelly, Padraig McDonald, Thomas Duff and the classy Eoin Donaghy have been among the players who’ve caught the eye throughout the league programme, with others such as Cathair Logue, Ferdia Rafferty and Enda Donaghy all impressing in defence.
But this has been a fantastic squad effort which was shown by the fact that two of the youngest subs, Pearse McDonald and Michael McNamee, came on last Sunday and scored the vital goals which completed an outstanding fightback in the thrilling 3-9 to 3-7 win over Trillick, with Eoin McElholm notching the third goal.
Padraig Fox, Odhran Kelly, Padraig Kelly, Mark McDermott, Conor Collins and Conor Agnew have all played their part in the fabulous league run so far and younger players such as Cathal Grimes, Caolan Grimes, Dara Duddy and Eoin McElduff have all chipped in.
Whatever happens on Sunday this young Loughmacrory team has done the club proud in the way it has competed superbly against the big clubs in Tyrone football and the lads are now entering bonus territory in Sunday’s county final.
The final comes one week after Loughmacrory collected two county titles at the Tyrone scor na nog finals.

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