The History Boys. Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are ND League Football Champions

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Years 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 are ND League Football ChampionsYou expect league final matches to be tense but the Year 8 game against De La Salle had an extra frisson.

A Year 8 win meant Bangor Academy would be the first school in the history of the North Down League to be crowned champions in every age group. Every other year group had clinched victory and the Year 8's must have felt the pressure to prove themselves. 

They did it! They played magnificently achieving a 4 – 1 score against De La Salle. Men of the match were Dylan Smith, who scored two goals, and goalkeeper, Jay Brown, who produced some excellent saves.

Meanwhile, the Year 9s defeated Lagan on penalties with Stuart McKibbon deemed man of that match for his sterling work in defence. The Year 10s showed real character to come from behind to win 2 – 1 against De La Salle. Nathan Cousins worked tirelessly in midfield and scored the winning goal to win him the man of their match award. 

Year 11 team demonstrated a disciplined performance to achieve a convincing 4 - nil score against Lagan; with Jack Henderson, Ethan Wynne and Alex McIlmail scoring the goals to earn their men of the match titles.  The Year 12 team played with tenacity and tactical awareness to build on a 0 - 0 score at half-time and consolidate victory with a 3 -1 final score. Alex McIlmail, an Under 16 Northern Ireland International player, also distinguished himself in the Year 12 final against Nendrum College. Alex capped a fantastic performance with two stunning goals against his Under 16 Northern Ireland International goalkeeper and team mate Oliver Webber.

Congratulations to all the players and their coaches on their most successful season ever. Mr Weller deserves a special mention as he plans to retire in August.  After 36 years of teaching and dedicated extra-curricular football coaching, we doubt he could have wished for a better final season with which to hang up his boots.

 

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