STAFF from the University bof Ulster at Magee claimed their second consecutive ‘Lunchtime League’ title last week after a pulsating final game of the season against a very talented Civil Service team.
With Civil Service requiring just a point to be crowned champions, Magee knew only victory would clinch the title and fought back from 4-3 down to win 6-4 with Jay Blackburn scoring four on the day!
Making it even more impressive was that fact Magee, managed by Brendan Doherty, have an unbeaten record in the league stretching back over two seasons and spanning more than 50 games! No mean feat considering the quality of the sides in a competition which seems to be going from strength to strength as the competition grows in stature.
When asked about their remarkable achievement Magee manager Brendan Doherty paid tribute to his players and the tournament organisers.
“We are delighted to win our second consecutive title,” explained Doherty.
“To also do it unbeaten is a great achievement and all the credit goes to the players who have been part of the squad over the past two seasons.
“The competition was much more competitive this year with more quality players joining the teams. There are some very good teams in it now such as Civil Sercvice, Derry Taxis, Strand Cinema, Woodbrook, Allstate, Bogside Inn to name but a few.
“The tournament is superbly run by Marty McCann and his team at the Magee Sports Centre. Even the refereeing is top quality. I would like to add that although the league is very competitive all teams in it have are very sporting.”
When asked about the secret to his team’s success he had the following to say:
“I believe the team has a great balance of youth and experience and is a very well balanced with a quality goalkeeper. Our young players have been terrific this year with star performers such as Ben Curran, David Doherty, Peter Moore and Jay Blackburn.
“Then we have the experience of veterans such as Chris McCallion who captained the team last year and Tommy Doherty who captained the team this season as well as Kevin Curran, Terry Curran and Kevin O‘Connell,” he added.