“It’s unbelievable,” said Richie Watters, manager of Bellurgan United Under-15s who made history by becoming the first Co Louth side to win a League side to win a Premier League title. National Cup.
he area around Flynn Park on the Cooley Peninsula where the team is based has been decked out in red and black flags since winning a coveted spot in the final.
Their Sunday dispatch was worthy of a Premiership side heading to an FA Cup final, with a Garda escort leading the three Bellurgan buses.
Local sports celebrities including Rob Kearney, Conor McCormick, Eve McCrystal, Paddy Keenan and Chiedozie Ogbene took to social media to support the guys, while the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland dedicated the song ‘We Could Be Heroes to the team at their concert at Waterfront Hall in Belfast upon learning of their victory.
Richie, who had coached the team for three and a half years, said the team was really focused on winning.
“They were brilliant, a credit to everyone and it’s a big achievement for them because it’s usually clubs from Dublin or other cities that win the cup.”
When the final whistle sounded and the team entered the record books, it was an emotional occasion, not just for Richie and the jubilant young players, but for all who have been associated with the club over the years. years.
“There were people there like Paddy Lynch and others who had made the club what it is, who never thought they would see a day like this,” he said. said, adding that it was a poignant occasion for the family of the late Micky O.’ Connor.
For Richie, it was his last game with the team, as he moves on to work with the senior team next season.
“I took over the team from Sean Murphy, who had taken over from Darran Murphy,” said Richie, who has coached at Bellurgan for nearly two decades since leaving town.
“The joke was they wanted to win it for me.”
On their return from Dublin, the team celebrated their great achievement with a special reception at Ferguson’s, Gyles Quay.
However, it is now back to business for the players as they focus on the league, while the majority also have to think about their Junior Cert.
Richie thanked everyone who had supported the club, especially Dundalk Credit Union for their sponsorship and everyone who had donated to help defray the costs of the competition.