Drogheda United Congratulate Two Local Schools

On Friday 16th last, two local schools were special guests of DUFC for the Shamrock Rovers game. At half-time of the game with Shamrock Rovers both sets of supporters applauded the magnificent achievements of two Drogheda schools. St. Mary's Diocesan School were recently crowned u-16 All-Ireland Champions when they captured the Umbro FAI Schools All-Ireland title for the first time while St. Joseph's CBS(primary) won their first ever Louth final of the Xtravision sponsored FAI Schools 5-a-side. On the pitch at half-time four of St. Joseph's teams played 5-a-side while St. Mary's took part in an entertaining coaching session conducted by coach Gerry Spain.

The staff and students of St.Mary's are justifiably delighted at the historic All-Ireland success of overcoming Headford (Galway) in the National final at Flancare Park in Longford. Nine of the school’s squad are in the FAI's Emerging Talent Programme.

Gerry Spain, the school's PE teacher, explains " We would hope that some of our players will emulate the progress of Eoin Osbourne and Ryan Brennan and play with Drogheda United's first team. Already top players like Anthony Burke have returned from Dublin clubs to Drogheda United 's Youth teams and are making great progress as a result of the excellent coaching at the club".

Gerry himself has a wealth of coaching experience as he spent no less than 10 years working with the youth teams at West Ham, Fulham and Charlton Athletic and is confident of the school’s U-14 team’s chances in the forthcoming Leinster final.

St.Joseph's now advance to the next stage of the National competition, the North Leinster Finals at the Meath and District League Grounds Navan on 28th April. There they will compete against the winners of Meath, Westmeath & Longford The Leinster finals of the tournament also take place at the MDL on 19th May with the All-Ireland finals down for decision on 26th May at Leah Victoria Park in Tullamore. Full details on www.faischoolsleinster.com