Ten years on from their 2006 Loch an Iúir Cup win, St. Eunan’s College, Letterkenny have a chance to reclaim the crown when they contest this year’s final on Tuesday.
The Donegal school are up against Patrician High of Carrickmacross and a close decider is anticipated.
This competition is for the U14 ½ age group with the St. Eunan’s team managed by Gary McDaid, assisted by Edward Harvey.
The two sides have already met in the group stages with St. Eunan’s producing a strong second half display to win by 1-11 to 1-8.
In their other group matches, St. Eunan’s beat St. Pius College of Magherafelt by just a point, and enjoyed convincing wins over St. Mary’s CBS of Belfast and Our Lady’s, Castleblaney.
In their quarter-final, St. Eunan’s overcame a spirited performance by St. Joseph’s of Donaghmore.
That put them into the semi-finals where they enjoyed another excellent win, defeating St. Malachy’s College, Castlewellen by 4-7 to 1-9.
St. Eunan’s have a strong team ethic as every member of the panel has got a run in this competition.
At the back, goalkeeper Killian Gribben has made a huge difference to the defence, commanding his area and producing some notable saves throughout the competition.
Oran Brogan (captain), as the central defender, has been very flexible and as well as being strong in defence he can attack with great zest. Jack Gallagher is another player who has impressed in the run to the final.
Midfield players Noel O’Donnell and Jack Roarty have fielded superbly and have learned to spray the ball efficiently while up front the team has great movement with Callum Friel, Shane Monaghan, Keelan Collier and Emmet O’Boyle all in great form.
Even on the bench there is great talent as players who have come on in matches have played very well. Tuesday’s final, which will be played at Tyrone's Centre of Excellence in Garvaghey at 12 noon, promises to be a close affair.
Patrician College, Carrickmacross have given a good account of themselves in all matches and especially in the semi-final they overcame a strong attacking team in Holy Trinity College, Cookstown.