On Wednesday 29th April the U18 footballers travelled to Ballymena Showgrounds to play in the Final of the Inspiresport Youth U18 Plate against St Joseph’s, Derry.
In difficult weather conditions the team played a backs to the wall first half with Matthew McClelland making an outstanding save early on to thwart the St Joe’s attack. Midway through the half a high ball was dropped by the opposition keeper and sam Hughes was on hand to turn the ball into the net. Against a strong wind and determined opposition, Foyle had battled to a half-time lead. The second half was a much more open affair and the solid and assured back four of Foyle allowed the midfield and forwards more time and space.
The game was effectively won in a five minute burst involving two free kicks. The first was parried by the keeper before Robbie House slammed the ball home to double Foyle’s advantage. Even better was to follow as Jack McNeill scored a spectacular 25 yard free kick to make it three nil and Foyle were in dreamland. A couple of minutes later the ball broke to Stephen Mills and he chested the ball under control before slotting home. There was still some defending to be done but when the whistle blew to signal the end of the game there was no denying that the better team had triumphed. A first football trophy for Foyle and their proud captain, Alex McDonnell lifted high the trophy. This squad have been outstanding throughout the cup run, scoring 22 goals in securing the prize.
Derry City and Strabane District Council Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion, who was on hand to give her support and encouragement to the Cyclists Against Suicide participants and students as they left Foyle College to travel to Enniskillen on the next stage of their 1400Km cycle.
A cavalcade of 800 cyclists arrived at Foyle College this week as part of the annual all-Ireland Cycle Against Suicide which aims to promote the message that “it’s OK not to feel OK; and it’s absolutely OK to ask for help.”
The epic 1,400km, 14-day charity cycle, which set off from Belfast, arrived in Derry on Tuesday before heading to Omagh and Enniskillen and then on to the southern tip of Ireland. It’s due to finish in Dublin on May 10.
All Year Ten pupils enjoyed a History visit to the Somme Heritage Centre in Newtownards. They toured a reconstruction of a trench system and tried on uniforms from the First World War. They also learned about the weapons used in World War One and thought about the impact of the Great War, right up to the present day. Pupils will be able to use this useful information when preparing for the Great War section of their Junior Certificate exam.