2004 Northern Ireland National Championships
Sat 4th Sept 2004, Dunmurry Map | Directions

1 Kenny Beggs
2 Barry Spence
3 Simon Stewart
4 David Clegg
5 Joe McRoberts
6 Eoin Adams
7 Donal Convery
8 Paul Rodgers
9 Stephen Rodgers
10 Georgia Lee
11 Colin Perry
12 Jim McCullough
13 Stuart McKinley
14 Glenn Barr
15 Peter Morrison
16 Andrew Morrison
17 Alistair Morrison
18 Judith Morrison
19 Adam Scullion
20 David Crowe

Full Results

2003 Results

Past Finals

Belfast Telegraph Report 31st Aug 2004

BBC Radio Ulster Report 4th Sept 2004

The 2004 National Championships turned out to be a day full of surprises, with favourites dropping at the first hurdle and some players surpassing their own expectations. Despite all the upsets, however, the Senior Final turned out to be a repeat of last year, between Kenny Beggs and Barry Spence, the top two seeds. Barry looked set to topple the reigning Champion by taking an early lead and had several good chances to go further ahead, but Kenny equalised just before half time. In the second half, Kenny had a succession of corners but Barry defended well and the game went into extra-time. It was a tense period but there was no further score so the dreaded shoot-out was required, which Kenny eventually won 3-1.

There were two 'groups of death'. Group C resulted in the surprise elimination of Simon Stewart, who was one of the favourites. He lost his opening match to Paul Rodgers, beat Glenn Barr and drew with group winner, Eoin Adams but this was not enough to see him through, with Paul finishing 2nd in the group.

Group D was even more exciting, with all 4 players in the running right up to the last minute. Davy Clegg, the seeded player, won the group, despite losing to Stephen Rodgers in his last match. A great result for Stephen but, unfortunately for him, not enough, as he drew with Joe McRoberts and lost to Donal Convery. Another upset saw Donal beat Joe 1-0 to take 2nd place in the group.

Colin Perry & Georgia Lee were the other quarter-finalists. Well done, especially to Georgia, who is still a junior player.

The quarter-finals went as expected but again top marks to Georgia who lost narrowly 1-2 to Eoin Adams. The semi-finals were close - Kenny beat Davy Clegg 2-1 and Barry needed a golden goal to beat Eoin by the same scoreline. Eoin deserves special mention for his best ever performance in the Senior NI Championships, and also for keeping track of the fixtures and results all day on his trusty laptop.

Joe McRoberts beat Simon Stewart 2-1 in the plate final, two strong contestants, who would not have looked out of place in the Senior Final.

The Junior event had more competitors than expected - 5 in total - and produced a surprise winner. Peter Morrison beat the hot favourite, Georgia Lee with a 1-0 victory in the final. Beaten semi-finalists were Adam Scullion and Andrew Morrison.

Davy Clegg is the Veteran Champion, after defeating Stephen Rodgers in the final on shots, following a 1-1 draw. Alastair Morrison and Jim McCullough lost in the semis.

It was an all
Belfast Barbarians final, with the A-Team winning 2-1 against the B-Team.
Beaten semi-finalists were
North Down and Balmoral, whose stalwart from the 1980s, David Crowe, made a welcome return to the game.

All in all it was a successful tournament, with some shocks and the welcome addition of a number of newcomers, thanks to Michael McNamee's report on BBC Radio Ulster programme Your Place & Mine on the morning of the event. Thanks also to Stuart McKinley who did a Belfast Telegraph article earlier in the week.

Unfortunately, Northern Ireland Football Team were not so successful in their World Cup Qualifier against Poland!

Competitors at the 2004 Northern Ireland National Championships