Well done to our MacLarnon (Yr13/14) and Loch an Iuir (Year 10) squads who both had excellent wins in their group stages this week. The Loch an Iuir boys had a great win over St Paul’s Bessbrook a result that sees them into the quarter finals. The MacLarnon boys got their campaign off to a brilliant start with a hard fought victory over local rivals St Pius at Loup on Friday afternoon. Next up for the MacLarnon boys is last years winners Castleblaney.

The Year 10 boys have progressed to the quarter-finals of the Loch an Iuir topping their group having won all 3 of their group games.

The season opened with a hard fought win against a good St Patrick’s Keady team in sunny Maghery. Holy Trinity went down by 14 points 10 minutes into the second half but Dylan Bloomer lead by example and his goals started an outstanding comeback. Substitute Sean Gallagher grabbed two goals and with outstanding performances from Thomas and Tiernan Mackle Holy Trinity ran out magnificent 4 point winners.

The second group game saw the boy’s face a tough St Eunan’s Letterkenny side. It was nip and tuck the whole way again with very little to separate the side as the whole way. In a low scoring game defences were very much on top with Caolan “Kiki” Mulgrew a rock at full back along with James Monaghan and Brogan Conlon.
The boys managed to hold out for a well-earned 3 point win with goals again coming from Dylan Bloomer and an outstanding individual effort from Tiernan Mackle.

Our final group game came against St Paul’s Bessbrook. This was the boys’ best performance of the season and they managed to rattle in 10 goals in the process.
After a shaky start the boys took hold of the game and dominated all over the field. Oisin “Hub” Hurl was once again steady in the half back line and man of the match Niall Connolly continued to show his quality. Up front Shea and Patrick Quinn made countless unselfish runs and Joesph Doyle drove the team on from no.6
Oran Mulgrew had his best game to date and showed touches of his undoubted class with a number of long range points.

The boys need to continue to improve if there are to make further progress in the competition but should take great confidence from their displays in the group stage.

The quarter final is scheduled for next Monday against Our Lady’s Castleblayney.