1999/2000 2-Teacher School Champions

By Oliver Doonan

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Date/Venue:                                         Teams
BallinamoreSt. Caillins 6-13 Drumlea 3-12

Congratulations to St. Caillins National School on capturing their first ever Cumann na mBunscoil title. In a thrilling and exciting final they defeated Drumlea by 6-13 to 3-12 at Pairc Sean Ui Heslin, Ballinamore.

St. Caillins were quckly on the scoresheet with a point from play by Conor Flynn. Paul Ellis on the 5th minute from a free had them two points up. Drumlea responded with a point from Michael Holohan. A brace of points by Conor Flynn furthered St. Caillins lead and by the 8th minute, St. Caillins were leading by 4 points to Drumlea 0-1. Martin Doonan increased St. Caillins lead with a point from play on the 9th minute. Drumlea fought back with a point each from Michael Holohan, Damien Maguire. On the 12th minute St. Caillins got the fine goal of the game, following good defensive work by Darragh McHugh and John Leddy, the ball was worked up midfield and following a good passing movement between Paul Ellis and Martin Doonan, Conor Flynn was put through for a well taken goal. St. Caillins now led by 1-5 to Drumlea 0-3. Conor Flynn quickly followed on with a point and another point in the 15th minute by Fergal Ellis had the Fenagh side in a commanding lead of 1-7 to Drumlea 0-3. However the score could have been a lot closer as Anthony Cull in the St. Caillins goals brought some great saves to deny Drumlea vital scores. Drumlea were also unlucky with some of their attempts at scores going narrowly wide. Two points from the accurate boot of Michael Holohan and a point by Patrick O'Connell had narrowed the gap but St. Caillins responded with a well taken goal by Conor Flynn who was put through by Fergal Ellis. Further points by Paul Ellis and Conor Flynn put St. Caillins going into the break leading by 2-8 to Drumlea 0-6. Michael Holohan getting Drumlea remaining point of the 1st half.

The 2nd half saw St. Caillins continue their good display with a succession of points coming from Martin Doonan, Fergal Ellis, Paul Ellis, and Conor Flynn. Drumlea's goalkeeper John Fee denied the Fenagh forward time intent on scoring goals with some great saves. St. Caillins led by 2-12 to 0-6 midway in the second half. A good rally by Drumlea saw them reduce the lead somewhat with a point from Patrick O'Conell, a succession of points by Michael Holohan and a goal by Mark Fee had reduced the lead to six points with St. Caillins 2-12 to Drumlea 1-9. Best a resolute defence of John Leddy and Darragh McHugh well marshalled by goalkeeper Anthony Cull weathered the storm. With mid fielders Paul Ellis and Martin Doonan gaining dominance and with a good supply of ball to our sharpshooting forward line of Conor Flynn and Fergal Ellis, St. Caillins were not going to let the title slip from their grasp. A succession of goals by Fergal Ellis and a goal each by Conor Flynn and Paul Ellis ensure the cup was on its way to St. Callins territory. In fairness to Drumlea they never gave up and the Fenagh supporters had some anxious moments to last for the final whistle, with two goals and a point coming from their very a ccurate forward, Michael Holohan, and two well taken points by Mark Fee reduced St. Callins lead. The last score of the game was a poing from St. Callins team Captain Paul Ellis and when referee Enda Stenson sounded the final whistle there was joyous scenes for players and supporters.

Presentation Presentation of Cup was made by Seamus Tiernan on behalf of Cumann na mBunscoil to a jubilant Team Captain Paul Ellis. Paul in his acceptance speech paid tribute to their selectors, Shane O'Rourke and Caillis Ellis, for all their hard work and coaching. Their teachers, Sheila Cooney and Mary Gallagher, team members and a special tribute to the schools great support from parishioners and parents. A rousing 3 cheers was paid to a gallant Drumlea side.

Team Lineup.

1. Anthony Cull

2. John Leddy
3. Darragh McHugh
4. Martin Doonan

5. Paul Ellis
6. Conor Flynn

7. Fergal Ellis
8. Diarmuid McHugh
9. Shane McHugh


Dermot Donnelly
Gavin McLoughlin
Niall Butler
Ronan Mollaghan
Gerard Molloghan
Seamus McWeeney


15/5/00 - BallinagleraSt. Caillins 9-16 Ballymeehan 1-6
St. Caillins Scorers:

Note: The other semi-final was also played in Ballinaglera and featured Drumlea against Leckaun (winners of group 2). Drumlea won on a scoreline of 7-10 to 0-20. St. Caillins would therefore be meeting their old group rivals Drumlea in the final.

Conor Flynn 5-9
Paul Ellis 1-10
Martin Doonan 1-4
Fergal Ellis 1-2
Gavin McLoughlin 1-0
John Leddy 0-1

Game 5

8/5/00 - FenaghSt. Caillins 8-13 Ardvarney 2-1
St. Caillins Scorers:

Note: A welcome return to Conor Flynn who was introduced to the game in the 2nd half. Victory in this game meant that St. Caillins topped the group with Drumlea runners-up. Their next game would be in the semi-final against the winners of Group 2,which was Ballymeehan.

Fergal Ellis 4-3
Paul Ellis 1-6
Conor Flynn 2-1
Martin Doonan 1-2
Diarmuid McHugh 0-1

Game 4

2/5/00 - FenaghSt. Caillins 6-10 Tarmon 1-9
St. Caillins Scorers:

Paul Ellis 3-5
Fergal Ellis 1-3
Martin Doonan 1-2
Diarmuid McHugh 1-0

Game 3

19/4/00 - AughawillanDrumlea 3-10 St. Caillins 3-11
Report and scorers:

The best game of the competition. Conor Flynn had been ruled out of the game after undergoing an appendix operation. Diarmuid McHugh who took Conors place was the hero of the day after he scored a goal with approximately one minute remaining. His goal meant St. Caillins where victors by one point.

Paul Ellis 1-9
Diarmuid McHugh 1-0
Fergal Ellis 0-2

Game 2

FenaghSt. Caillins 10-16 Aughawillan 0-5
St. Caillins Scorers:

Paul Ellis 1-5
Martin Doonan 2-5
Fergal Ellis 4-3
Diarmuid McHugh 2-1
Dermot Donnelly 1-0
Anthony Cull 0-1
Ronan Mollaghan 0-1

Game 1

Carrick Kilnagross 6-5 St. Caillins 7-14
St. Caillins Scorers:

Conor Flynn 3-7
Martin Doonan 2-2
Paul Ellis 1-4
Fergal Ellis 1-1

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