Dechomet Make History
St Mary’s Primary School, Dechomet Make History
2011 proved to be a history making year for St Mary’s Primary School Dechomet when they won their first 7 a-side Cumann na mBunscol football trophy.
Their success story began at the group stages when, in damp and difficult conditions, they overcame tough challenges from Dunsford and Loughinisland to win through to the semi final stage. This semi final was played against a very talented and determined team namely St Michael’s Primary School, Finnis. The match played in Castlewellan on 10th June 2011 proved to be a tough and exciting contest with St Mary’s Dechomet coming through a very exciting finish to emerge as winners by a single point.
Saturday 18th June saw ‘Schools’ Finals Day’ again in Castlewellan. First up was St Mary’s Dechomet and St Joseph’s Ballymartin. Both teams gave an exhibition of gaelic skills and treated the many spectators to a display of everything that is good about gaelic football. St Joseph’s Ballymartin started the stronger and had the ball in the back of the Dechomet net after only a few seconds. They pressed on strongly from this but slowly the Dechomet players began to get to grips with the game and led at half time by a single point 1-5 to 1-4. However with the influential Ciaran McElroy now having retired through injury the Dechomet team had to readjust.
To say that the second half began at a frantic pace is an understatement as both teams had visions of lifting the trophy at the end of the fifteen minute half. The power play of all seven Dechomet players Marc Owens, Matthew Leneghan, Cahal Owens, Pearse Davidson, Alana McCrickard, Eoin O’Hare and Ruairi Brown began to take its toll as the Dechomet team quickly stamped their authority with some fantastic scores. However, Ballymartin did rally mid way through the half to set up a grand stand finish but dechomet sealed victory with three excellent goals towards the end to leave the final score 6-10 to 4-6.
Commenting after the final Mr B Doyle (Principal) congratulated both teams on the superb match. He said that a very strong gaelic ethos exists in the school and he acknowledged the significant contributions of the Ulster GAA Council, The Down County Board and Leitrim GAC all of whom have provided high quality coaching to the children.