Throwback Thursday: Celebrating Loughmacrory’s last Grade 1 championship success
Loughmacrory will go into the Grade 1 Under 16 football championship final this Sunday on County Senior final day hoping to bridge a 12 year gap since the last, and only, grade 1 championship success to date by the St. Teresa’s club.
Indeed the club have only ever competed in one other Grade 1 final and that was back in 1998 when a Ciaran Meenagh, Michael McGee and Conall Kelly inspired minor side made it to the grade 1 Minor League decider against Ardboe. The club have indeed been unlucky to lose out narrowly in a number of grade 1 juvenile championship semi finals over the years but last Saturday’s epic comeback, from nine points down at half-time, in the Under 16 Grade 1 Championship semi final against Dungannon would rank as one of the best second half displays seen by a club side.
There is no doubt though that the 2003 Grade 1 Under 21 football championship success is a stand-out moment in the club’s history. It was particularly poignant in that it was also the year in which Tyrone won their first All Ireland Senior Football championship title and also played in the All Ireland Under 21 decider in the same year.
Killyclogher and Loughmacrory bidding for 1st in 12 years…
One very interesting statistic is that 2003 also seen Killyclogher win the Tyrone Senior Football Championship for the first time. That was the Killyclogher St. Mary’s first and last O’Neill Cup success and they go into the Tyrone senior football final on Sunday as favourites hoping to also bridge exactly a 12 year gap since their last senior title win.
For now here are a few pictures of the celebrations which followed the under 21 Grade 1 title win of 2003!