Their pitch at Straboe was destroyed by the August floods last year, but Cockhill Celtic have come out fighting and nowhere is that more evident than with the recent success of their youth squads.

And one age category in particular - U12 - is enjoying a particularly purple patch under the guidance of a group of dedicated coaches.

The U12 first team are currently riding the crest of a wave after clinching the division one title last week, and they are on course for the double after a sizeable victory over Quigley's Point in the cup semi-final first leg means a big day out at Maginn is looming.

Proud manager Brian Murray told the Inish Times: "The boys have done brilliant all season, and it was extra challenging for them given that at times they had to play their home fixtures away when the top pitch wasn't available.

"They drew 1-1 with Carn to seal the title, so they were able to go out and enjoy themselves in their last game against Aileach. Cahir McDaid scored a hat trick and I was delighted for him as he has been excellent for us all year.

"We are very lucky this year in that we have seven players who were on the Inishowen Academy U11 and U12 sides that did so well at the Foyle Cup.

"When you have such a talented bunch of players it makes my job easy, and it really has been a pleasure to coach them this season."

And the entire crop of U12s at the club, says Murray, are thriving. With roughly 40 players in total, the club can boast three teams at that age category, and it's not just the first team blazing a trail.

He said: "Shaun McDaid and Cian Downey are managing the Braves, who are flying in division two, and Christy McDaid and Shane Tree are running the C team and they are really holding their own as well.

"Those boys, and fellas like Kevin McDaid, John McClory and Connor Allen, have been helping out, and they have all played their part in helping develop these players throughout the year.

"The whole set-up is working really well, and that's down to the dedication of the coaches, the parents and the players themselves."

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