Frank Dooley on behalf of the Ulster Schools GAA Presents the Arthur Cup to Loreto Milford captain Conor Mc Fadden following their victory over Pobalscoil Gaoth Dobhair in the final played at the Convoy Centre of Excellence. LORETO COMMUNITY SCHOOL MILFORD 1-09 V 1-03 POBALSCOIL GAOTH DOBHAIR. Despite the fact that they were the better team for long periods of this All Donegal Ulster Schools Final, played at the Convoy Centre of Excellence, it wasn’t until Kyle Mc Fadden pounced on Shane Black’s shot which came back of the inside of a post and slotted the ball into the far corner of Daithi Roberts net that you felt this victory had finally been achieved. It was fitting that Mc Fadden ( 1-02 ) had the game’s final say, as he along with corner forward partner Johnny Mc Groddy ( 0-04 ) were the main men in terms of taking scores at vital times in a match that saw both teams but especially Loreto Milford kick too many wides and too many balls into the goalkeeper’s hands. Four points, seven wides and four into the keeper’s hands was Milford ‘s first-half return while Pobalscoil Gweedore could only manage one point in that opening half to trail 0-04 to 0-01 at the break. After Mc Groddy has missed a early goal chance when Ciaran Moore set him up points by Rory O Donnell, Mc Groddy and Liam Mc Grenaghan had Milford three ahead in the 17th minute. O’ Donnell did great work at the other end of the pitch in the 20th minute when his brilliant block tackle denied Kyle Doohan a goal after Eoin de Burca’s strong run and pass had set him up. Cian Mc Ateer’s point in the 23rd minute finally got Gweedore on the scoresheet but Mc Fadden restored Milford’s three point lead on the stroke of half-time. Two excellent points from Johnny Mc Groddy at the start of the second-half stretched that lead to five but that very quickly was reduced to just two when Joey Gillespie fisted the ball to the Milford net following super play by Stephen Mc Fadden in the 36th minute and it was game on again at 0-06 to 1-1. Mc Groddy kicked over his fourth point in the 41st minute and then Gweedore keeper Daithi Roberts made an excellent save to deny Ciaran Moore as the midfielder went for goal two minutes later. Gillespie’s free reduced the deficit to just two again in the 48th minute but Moore burst forward two minutes later to make it 0-08 to 1-02 with ten minutes left. Kyle Mc Fadden kicked his second point to restore the three point lead but in the 58th minute Gillespie converted another free to again leave the kick of a ball between them at 0-09 to 1-03 . But a minute later it was finally over as a contest as Milford launch an attack from deep inside their own half and when Shane Black’s shot came back off the post Kyle Mc Fadden reacted quickest and drilled the ball low to the net to ensue that Loreto Milford would join the likes of PCC Falcarragh and Colaiste Na Carrick as Donegal winners of the Ulster Schools Arthur’s Cup. LORETO MILFORD ; Aodh Mc Bride , Liam Mc Alary , Conor Coll , Dylan Dorrian, Stephen Black, Conor Black, Aaron Reid , Rory O Donnell ( 0-01 ), Ciaran Moore ( 0-01 ), Shane Black, Liam Mc Grenaghan ( 0-01 ) , Tiarnan Mc Bride , Johnny Mc Groddy ( 0-04 1f ) , Steve Mc Daid , Kyle Mc Fadden ( 1-02 1f ). SUBS. ; Conor Mc Bride for Tiarnan Mc Bride ( 32mins ) , Ethan Cullen for Mc Daid ( 37 mins ), Matthew mc Laughlin for Mc Grenaghan ( 48mins ). GAOTH DOBHAIR ; Daithi Roberts , Michael Doherty, Ruan Turk , Aodhan Breathnach , Donal Mc Bride , Fionnan Coyle , Conor Hanlon , Eoin de Burca , Fiachra Coyle , Cian Mc Ateer ( 0-01 ), Kyle Doohan , Joey Gillespie ( 1-02 2f ), Cian Mc Bride , Stephen Mc Fadden , Jamie Doherty. SUBS ; Patrick Ferry for Cian Mc Bride ( h-t ), REFEREE; Eoin Doherty ( Naomh Columba ).
Loreto Milford take Arthurs Cup Under 16 Ulster Schools Title. Charlie Collins reports.
written by Chris McNulty December 18, 2017
Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.
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