DANSKE BANK JJ O'REILLY CUP FINAL
Dominican College Portstewart v St John's Dromore
Tuesday 12.00 - MUSA
Dominican College Portstewart are on the glory trail on Tuesday when they travel to Cookstown to take on St John's Dromore in the final of the JJ O'Reilly Cup.
Richard Carey's side defeated St Patrick's Ballymena in the semi-final, almost three months ago.
They have been waiting patiently on Dromore to come through the other side of the draw, by beating St Colman's Ballynahinch in the semi-final.
This squad has enjoyed some success since year 8 when they won the Derry Vocational Schools B blitz. Since then they continued to be competitive in the Derry Vocational schools B section - winning the Brian Óg Memorial U14 9-a-side blitz in 2016 and 2017, providing 'a great boost' to GAA in the school.
"Under the new Ulster schools format we now have access to more competitive games and this has clearly benefited our players," commented coach and Eoghan Rua player Richard Carey.
"The majority of our current U16 squad were part of the panel that lost last year’s U16 Quarter-Fnial by a point to eventual winners Drumragh. There was also a significant number of these players in the U14 panel who were beaten in the semi-final by eventual winners St Catherine's Armagh."
The team is captained by Lorcan McMullen, a talented dual player from Eoghan Rua, who has formed a formidable partnership with Alan Thompson in midfield. Alan is from a rugby background, representing Ulster at U16 and U18 level, and his fielding ability was a crucial factor in our run to the final.
Jack Lucas can play in goals but his ability to win kick outs from the half-forward line has also been crucial. Glenullin keeper Ryan Taggart provides a safe pair of hands and a cool head.
The full back line is physically strong with Chad O’Neill and Logan Johnson improving with every game while Eoghan Rua men Danny Liken and Jude Kerr have been a great asset in defence.
Filip Rygielski is an athletic centre-back and a great man marker and either side of him Jake Wallace and Dawid Ryzcko both have the ability to support the attack. Ciaran McLaughlin has great passing quality while Bart Drozd and Jack Lucas bring great physical presence in the half forward.
Kacper Sobera is very pacy and helped himself to two goals in the semi-final, Lewis Hawthorne is still u14 but the Glenullin man has been a consistent contributor to the scoreboard.
Eoghan Rua man Conor Carlisle can play anywhere in the forwards, he has good hands and an eye for a pass while his clubmate Luke Carter-Woods is also capable of taking a score.
Adam Kosinski is physically strong, he can either play full-forward as a target man or further out the field if his height is required. Malachi Hendry is still u14 but coped well in the semi-final and will be a useful addition to the squad.
DOMINICAN COLLEGE: Conor Carlisle, Logan Johnson, Chad O'Neill, Danny Liken, Jake Wallace, Filip Rygielski, Dawid Ryzcko, Lorcan McMullan (Capt), Alan Thompson, Adam Kosinski, Ciaran McLaughlin, Malachi Hendry, Kacper Sobera, Lewis Hawthorne, Jack Lucas, Ryan Taggart, Jude Kerr, Luke Carter-Woods, Bart Drozd.
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