Joeys’ quadruple kings

by Karl Graham

HISTORY has been made by St Joseph’s U-14s Premier side who have become the first team ever to win the quadruple in a single season.
They drew 0-0 away with St Francis to secure the league title with three games in hand, finishing off what was an incredible season for the Sallynoggin side.
As well as DDSL Under-14 Premier League title, their unbeaten run saw them defy all comers to add the Thunder Cup (DDSL League Cup), and the SFAI All-Ireland National Cup to their list of honours.
They also claimed all-island bragging rights by winning the DB Sports Champions Cup – which pits the best team from the south of Ireland against the best from the north.
Remarkably, they achieved all this by scoring 92 goals and conceding just 13 in 30 games.
St Joseph’s coach Bernard Byrne spoke to GazetteSport about the team’s historic achievement.
“Right from the start of the season to the end, we had an incredible season.
“At any level, to go through a whole season unbeaten is incredible, and all credit to the kids who worked hard from the start.
“We wanted to be competitive in all competitions but we never thought for a second that we would go on and win absolutely everything, so as I said it is an unbelievable achievement and something for the kids and coaches to be proud of,” said Byrne.
The team’s success could have come at a pivotal point in their development as footballers because moving forward; it’s a big season for them coming into Under-15s where they will be hoping to make the international squads.
Byrne also believes that they learned from mistakes made while in a similar position last season.
“We were in a similar position last year with a lot of talk about trebles but the last two weeks kind of fell apart so this year when we got ourselves into a position we never spoke about the treble once.
“I think it was probably a mistake we learned last year as coaches so this year we didn’t speak about it at all.
“I know it’s an old cliche but we were always like look we can only deal with one game at a time, that’s all we can affect.”

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