FAI Schools head for Newcastle to defend Bob Docherty Cup
THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLS jet off to Newcastle this evening with high hopes of retaining the Bob Docherty Cup which they last captured in 2019.
Following a lengthy hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s all systems go tomorrow when England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland do battle at Cochrane Park, Newcastle University.
England will have two squads competing this year as England, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are in one group while England 2, Wales and Scotland are in another group.
England will face Northern Ireland while England 2 will test themselves against the Welsh as the opening series kicks off tomorrow afternoon (Sunday, April 10) at 4pm.
Richard BERKELEY’s side will have a light training session tomorrow and hope to hit the ground running when they face hosts England on Monday afternoon in the second day of the tournament. While Scotland host England 2 in the other outing.
Tuesday’s draw will see Northern Ireland play the Republic and Scotland take on Wales.
The winners of group A and B will play-off Thursday morning then in the ultimate showcase while second play in group A and B will take to the field and third in their respective group feature in the final series of games.
There has been one change to the team announced late last month. The Irish have lost goalkeeper Annie O’BRIEN (Assumption Secondary School, Walkinstown) due to injury. Her replacement is the capable St. Angela’s College, Cork student Hollie HOMAN who will relish the high performance environment in the UK.
The medical team have cleared Kiera SENA (Coláiste an Chraoibín, Fermoy) to play following a minor knock last week while Cache CRUMLISH (Carndonagh Community School) will join up with the squad on Monday morning.
Hannah HEALY (Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf) will lead the class of 2022 in this year’s tournament. The youngster will be a prominent star for the Irish and one to watch out for next week.
An interesting inclusion to the eighteen is Tallaght Community School scholar Lauryn McCABE. She will be following in her older sister’s footsteps as Katie lined out for the Republic of Ireland Schools in 2010 when the Irish won the tournament in Glasgow. A good omen, one hopes!
The Republic of Ireland have won this competition seven times in its history dating back to 2002 when ex FAI President Donal CONWAY was the Manager.
Margaret O’REILLY brought success in 2005 while Priya THAKARAR lifted the title in 2007
. Michael GALLAGHER won the prestigious honours in 2008 when Salthill Devon FC hosted the tournament.
Then two years later, GALLAGHER added a second to his tally. BERKELEY’S debut in 2018 saw him capture back to back wins in the Bob Docherty Cup and John Read Trophy.
His impressive pedigree ensured both Cups were retained the following year. Can he make it three in-a-row next Thursday, only time will tell.
UNDER-15 GIRLS’ REPUBLIC OF IRELAND SCHOOLS
| Cache CRUMLISH (Carndonagh Community School),
Orlaith DOHERTY (St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar),
Keeva FLYNN (St. Mary’s Secondary School, Ballina),
Emma DUFFY (Davitt College, Castlebar),
Emily FITZGERALD (Coláiste Iognaid, Galway),
Clodagh FITZGERALD (Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig),
Chloe WALLACE (Coláiste Nano Nagle, Sexton Street, Limerick),
Emma MEANEY (Ardscoil Mhuire, Corbally),
Clodagh DALY (St. Mary’s Secondary School, Nenagh),
Leah McGRATH (St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary),
Amy TIERNEY (John the Baptist Community School, Limerick),
Kiera SENA (Coláiste an Chraoibín, Fermoy),
Shauna SHEAHAN (Mount Mercy College, Cork),
Hollie HOMAN (St. Angela’s College, Cork),
Lucy O’ROURKE (St. Mary’s College, Naas),
Kayla MAGUIRE (Kingswood Community College),
Hannah HEALY © (Holy Faith Secondary School, Clontarf),
Lauryn McCABE (Tallaght Community School)
MANAGEMENT STAFF | Head Coach Richard Berkeley (Sancta Maria College, Louisburgh)
Coach Katie McCarthy (Coláiste na Toirbhírte, Bandon),
Coach Kaneshia McKinney (Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana)
GK Coach Emmet Peyton (St. Muredach’s College, Ballina),
Equipment Manager Tessa Mullins (Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew),
Performance Analyst Aoife Gibbons (IT Tralee),
Physio Denise Callaghan
Sunday, April 10 | KO 4pm
England vs Northern Ireland
England 2 vs Wales
Monday, April 11 | KO 4pm
Scotland vs England 2
Republic of Ireland vs England
Tuesday, April 12 | KO 4pm
Northern Ireland vs Republic of Ireland
Scotland vs Wales
Wednesday, April 13 | Free Day
Thursday, April 14 | KO 11am
3rd Group A vs 3rd Group B
2nd Group A vs 2nd Group B
1st Group A vs 1st Group B
Bob Docherty Cup | Roll of Honour
|2002||Republic of Ireland||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|2004||Scotland||Clare, Republic of Ireland|
|2005||Republic of Ireland||Ballymena, Northern Ireland|
|2007***||Republic of Ireland||Wrexham, Wales|
|2008||Republic of Ireland||Salthill Devon, Galway|
|2009||Scotland||Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|2010||Republic of Ireland||Glasgow, Scotland|
|2011||Northern Ireland||Cardiff, Wales|
|2012||Northern Ireland||AUL Complex, Dublin|
|2013||Scotland||Shaws Bridge, Belfast|
|2014||England||Repton School, Derbyshire|
|2016||England||Dragon Park, Wales|
|2017||Wales||AUL Complex, Dublin|
|2018||Republic of Ireland||Ulster University, Jordanstown|
|2019||Republic of Ireland||Cambrils Park, Salou|
|***||Renamed Bob Docherty Cup|