Spe­cial win for Joe’s

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

A new schools soc­cer com­pe­ti­tion for Drogheda district pri­mary schools was ini­ti­ated in the grounds of Drogheda United last Wed­nes­day, May 31st. This 5 a-side day of foot­ball, it is hoped, will be an an­nual event set up in com­mem­o­ra­tion of Peter O’Reilly, former teacher of St. Joseph’s CBS, Pri­mary school.

Eleven schools in total par­tic­i­pated on the day for the hon­our of win­ning the Peter O’Reilly Me­mo­rial Cup and the whole pro­ceed­ings were keenly con­tested by all as each of the teams played five games to de­ter­mine which two schools would even­tu­ally meet in the fi­nal.

As the morn­ing pro­gressed, it was clear that mar­gins were very tight be­tween the con­tes­tants and in the end it tran­spired that goal dif­fer­ence was a sig­nif­i­cant fac­tor as St. Joseph’s CBS and St. Joseph’s Mell were de­clared the fi­nal­ists.

The fi­nal proved to be an en­thralling con­test with ex­tra time re­quired and still no out­right vic­tor. The scene was set for the penalty shoot- out for­mat and at last St. Joseph’s CBS man­aged to claim the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing the first school to win the Peter O’Reilly Me­mo­rial Cup.

The cup was pre­sented to the win­ners by Peter O’Reilly’s sis­ter Veronica Brani­gan who thanked all the par­tic­i­pants and or­gan­is­ers of the day’s event, stat­ing that it was a very fit­ting trib­ute in mem­ory to Peter and his de­sire to sup­port op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren par­tak­ing in sports ac­tiv­i­ties.

A key theme of the day was re­spect and sports­man­ship and a cer­tifi­cate of ex­cel­lence in this re­gard was awarded to Ter­mon­feckin Pri­mary School, also pre­sented by Veronica Brani­gan.

The or­gan­is­ers of the highly suc­cess­ful day St. Joseph’s CBS Teach­ers Sean Hughes, Robert Mul­roy and Deirdre Kennedy were very keen to ac­knowl­edge the great sup­port they had re­ceived from var­i­ous par­ties; Drogheda United Foot­ball Club and ground staff , Money­more Foot­ball Club, Paul Hol­land, the pupils of Mr. Mul­roy’s Sixth Class along with the ref­er­ees of the day Sam Reilly and Dar­ren Hol­croft.

This is an event one feels that will be ea­gerly looked for­ward to in the calendar of school sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties into the fu­ture for many years to come.

Veronica Brani­gan with team cap­tain Sa­muel Soyemi and St Joe’s CBS, at the pre­sen­ta­tion of the Peter O Reilly me­mo­rial cup

St Joseph’s Mell who were run­ners up in the fi­nal.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Ireland

© PressReader. All rights reserved.