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St Columb's score on the double in Inspiresport School Finals' showcase

By Graham Luney

Published 28/04/2016

At the double: St Columb’s College celebrate double success as both captains Conall Houston (U12) and Jack Malone (U16) celebrate victory in the Inspiresport Senior U12 and U16 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds
At the double: St Columb’s College celebrate double success as both captains Conall Houston (U12) and Jack Malone (U16) celebrate victory in the Inspiresport Senior U12 and U16 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds
Model pupils: Belfast Boys’ Model celebrate winning the Inspiresport Intermediate U14 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds
Big winners: Colaiste Feirste celebrates winning the Inspiresport Small Schools U15 Cup
On a high: Omagh High celebrates winning the Inspiresport Minor U12 Plate
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor captain Stuart Graham lifts the trophy after winning the Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor celebrate winning the Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor captain Stuart Graham lifts the trophy after winning the Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor goal keeper Tim Larmour lifts the trophy after saving three penalties in the shoot-out winning the Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor players celebrate a penalty shoot-out victory against Ballyclare Highduring the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor goal keeper Tim Larmour saves one of three penalties during a shoot-out against during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor goal keeper Tim Larmour saves one of three penalties during a shoot-out against during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Youth U18 Cup Ballyclare High v Grosvenor Grosvenor goal keeper Tim Larmour saves one of three penalties during a shoot-out against during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Senior U16 Plate De La Salle v Rainey Endowed De La Salle celebrate winning the Inspiresport Senior U16 Plate during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Senior U16 Plate De La Salle v Rainey Endowed De La Salle Noel Healey celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Rainey Endowed during the Inspiresport Senior U16 Plate at the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Minor U12 Cup Model v St Columb's College St Columb's College Corey McLaughlin scoring the opening goal against Belfast Boy's Model during the Minor U12 Cup at the during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Minor U12 Cup Model v St Columb's College St Columb's College Corey McLaughlin celebrates scoring the opening goal against Belfast Boy's Model during the Minor U12 Cup at the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Minor U12 Cup Model v St Columb's College St Columb's College Darragh Kelly and Belfast Boy's Model Jake Cowan during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Minor U12 Cup Model v St Columb's College St Columb's College Corey McLaughlin celebrates scoring the opening goal against Belfast Boy's Model during the Minor U12 Cup at the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Minor U12 Cup Model v St Columb's College St Columb's College Aaron Curran and Belfast Boy's Model Jack Kinner during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Senior U16 Cup St Columb's College v St Joseph's (Derry) St Columb's College celebrate victory with the the Malcolm Brodie Challenge Trophy in the Inspiresport Senior U16 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye
@Press Eye Ltd Northern Ireland- 27th April 2016 Mandatory Credit -Brian Little/Presseye Inspiresport Senior U16 Cup St Columb's College v St Joseph's (Derry) St Columb's College captain Jack Malone holding the Malcolm Brodie Challenge Trophy after victory in the Inspiresport Senior U16 Cup during the Inspiresport Schools Football Finals Day at the Ballymena Showgrounds Picture by Brian Little/Presseye

St Columb's College Derry pupils proved to be a different class again at the Inspiresport School Finals hosted by the Northern Ireland Schools' Football Association.

Promising young players showcased their talent at the Ballymena Showgrounds with 10 finals in different age groups.

The Derry school stole the show by netting another special double, claiming victory in the U12 Minor Schools' Cup and then lifting the Malcolm Brodie U16 Senior Cup.

The U12 prize came after a 1-0 victory over Boys' Model and the success story continued when the Under-16s celebrated a 3-1 win over St Joseph's Derry.

St Joseph's went in front through Emmett McGilloway but the Buncrana Road boys hit back in style. In the second half Jack McLaughlin's close range volley levelled the scores and then Conor O'Donnell found the target with a superb header.

The College threatened to go further ahead but St Joseph's keeper Oisin Burke saved from the penalty spot to keep the Creggan men in the game.

But a magnificent solo effort from Aaron McGurk in injury time completed St Columb's second successive Northern Ireland Cup 'double'.

The game of the day was in the Intermediate u14 cup between Boys Model and Clounagh Junior High School.

Clounagh took a two goal lead thanks to Alberto Almanzar inside the first few minute.

Boys' Model mounted a comeback and themselves had a two goal lead at 5-3 in the second half.

However the match ended 5-5 and went into extra time. Boys' Model scored the goal in the second half of extra time to win the game 6-5.

In the other finals St Brigid's Derry ran out convincing winners of the Minor u12 plate, beating Omagh High 4-1 while Devenish won the u13 cup in a close game with Fivemiletown which finished 1-0.

De La Salle College clinched the Senior u16 plate while St Patricks College (Belfast) were the biggest winners on the day in the U14 plate, triumphing 6-1 while Colaiste Feirste won the u15 cup with a 4-2 win over St Colm's Draperstown.

The final game of the day was the U18 youth cup between Ballyclare High and Grosvenor Grammer and it was so evenly contested penalties would determine the winner as neither team could break the deadlock.

Grosvenor Grammar came out on top in the shootout with their goalkeeper Tim Larmour saving three penalties.

Belfast Telegraph

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