Balbriggan Community College’s Double Double

Pictured is the all-conquering Balbriggan Community College soccer team and their management team, with their impressive array of trophies

Balbriggan Community College completed a unique double double when they defeated local rivals, Ardgillan Community College 3-1 in the North East under 19 league final.

The game was played in Balbriggan’s all-weather pitch in Bremore and Balbriggan CC were well worth their victory. This was the second part of double after beating Lusk Community College a week earlier in the under 17 North East League Final 4-1 in the same venue.

The success has continued from last year, as Balbriggan CC won an historic treble of trophies. They won the North East under 17 and 19 league titles. By virtue of winning these, Balbriggan CC went on to qualify to compete in the Leinster Champions League.

They were crowned Leinster under-17 champions for a second time in four years and were beaten in the Under 19 Leinster semi-final on a penalty shoot-out.

Balbriggan Community College manager, Darrell Mooney stated: “To win three trophies in a year is an amazing feat. We got momentum early on in the year and with each game won the confidence grew.

“The fact that it was the same squad of players bar one playing at both age groups really helped because there was a lot of games.
“In our Under 17 final against Ardee, we went 1-0 down and came back to win 3-1. In the under 19 final we went 1-0 down very early against a very strong Ardgillan team and we came back to win 2-1.

“We went on to win the under 17 Leinster title beating Colaiste Killian Bray. They have great character and are a super team. The best this college has ever seen, that’s for sure.”

Balbriggan CC now enter the Leinster quarter-finals of this year’s under 17 and 19s in the next couple of weeks. It’s the only one missing. It will be though but this group of players will give it a real go.