Dromore High School Under 14s’ quest for silverware was a successful one as they came away from the South Down U14 Shield as Champions.
The annual tournament saw six local schools travel to Dromore to join A and B teams from the hosts in competing for the trophy.
Comfortable group wins against Kilkeel HS, New-Bridge IC & the school’s own ‘B’ team saw Dromore A pitted against St Patrick’s College (Banbridge) in the semis.
A good performance produced a 3-0 win to reach the final – Joshua Harvey grabbing a superb hat-trick with Jake Corbett also amongst the goals in the group stages.
A surprise semi-final win on penalties saw New-Bridge defeat holders Banbridge Academy.
In the final, New-Bridge IC proved a much tougher proposition than the one that faced Dromore in the group match. A very tight match saw the tie level after normal time. Although Dromore enjoyed more possession, the two teams were well-matched.
As the match drifted towards the dreaded penalty shoot-out, Jake Corbett sealed the win, as Dromore lifted the trophy for the first time.
DROMORE HIGH SCHOOL SQUAD: - Dean Dillon, Cameron Beacom-Hurle, Tyler Bain, Ben Cushnie, Jake Corbett, Jacob Collins, Cameron Owens, Jared Rushe, Ben Hanna, Joshua Harvey, Daniel Harper, Jacob McKeown, Jamie Gregg, Craig McCarthy, Miguel Ferreira, Lee Bailie (capt).