Special win for Joe’s
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.