Causeway Chronicle

Damhead Primary Primary School looking forward to first Doherty Cup final appearance

Damhead Primary School footballers will make history this evening when they turn out in their first ever Doherty Cup Final when the turn out against St. Columbs, Portstewart.

The rural school, two miles south of Coleraine and four miles north of Ballymoney, Damhead Primary School has been serving the rural community for many years, but only recently has mustered a successful football team.

That makes their appearance in tonight’s Doherty Cup all the more remarkable.

The Doherty Cup is the FA Cup of schools football in the Causeway Coast and Glens and being played at the Coleraine Showgrounds is a great bonus.

As a lead up to the Cup later this evening, the players were invited to Bob&Berts, Coleraine for breakfast and were wished success for this evening’s game by Maurice Bradley MLA, a former pupil at Damhead Primary School.

The Doherty Cup is a lasting legacy of the late Jack Doherty, former Chairman of Coleraine and the man who oversaw what is so far, Coleraine’s most prosperous and successful era.

A strong supporter of youth and schools football the Doherty Cup is both a tribute to the late Jack and a lasting legacy for his belief on youth football.

Among the sponsors backing Damhead Primary School during their quest for Cup success are Bob&Berts, Coleraine; Rosemary Sweeney, Ballymena Credit Union; Arlene McConaghie, Riada Resourcing; Clare Holly and Lisa Ross, WD Meats, Coleraine; and Claire Johnston Johnston’s Bar (Railway Arms); DML Accountants; Knocklynn Spar; and Boys to Men.

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