Holy Trinity Cookstown have followed in the footsteps of St Paul’s Kilrea 12 months ago by winning the All Ireland Vocational schools’ U16 title.
The Tyrone and Ulster champions defeated Cork side St Brogan’s Bandon in the final at Banagher in Offaly to win the title for the first time in their history.
It was a great achievement from a team managed by Adrian O’Donnell and former Tyrone great Peter Canavan and the latter was delighted with the school’s first All Ireland success since an Owen Mulligan inspired side lifted the U18 title a dozen years ago.
“It’s a massive boost to everybody in the school and the players deserve it,” said Peter.
“We are a sports specialist college and you can’t get much higher than winning an All Ireland title.
“We had to work hard for it as they whittled our lead down to two points with just ten minutes left to play.
“The lads finished strongly though, just as they have done throughout the campaign, and to emerge with the title is just reward for the amount of effort that they have all put in.”
Holy Trinity had the wind at their backs in the opening period and they should have been out of sight at half-time.
Barry Potter, Oisin Maguire and James McGahan all had goal chances but failed to take them.
They still led 0-6 to 0-1 with full forward Cathal Devlin responsible for half that tally, Potter and Eoin Coyle also on target after Aidan Armstrong had opened the scoring.
In the second half Devlin and Jason Crowley traded points and going into the final ten minutes Holy Trinity were looking comfortable at 0-10 to 0-4 in front.
The Munster champions, though, hit back with midfielder Farrell converting a penalty to help trim the deficit to two. Cookstown weren’t to be denied and points from Kieran McGeary and Devlin ensured victory over a St Brogan’s side who finished with 13 men following two late sendings off.