PORTRUSH 3 BALLYNAHINCH 2
Aaron Kerr produced a captain’s performance as he scored the all-important winning goal that gave Portrush the Sussex Regiment Cup for the first time ever.
Kerr opened Portrush’s account in the second minute and it looked like this game was going to go on current form.
Portrush are leading Senior Two by streets, but Ballynahinch were determined that they were not going to let previous results between the two sides dictate where the trophy was going.
And in the 17th minute Stuart Hunter levelled the score with a superbly struck shot which flew into the net.
Even in appalling weather conditions both sides served up a cracking game of hockey in front of several hundred travelling and vocal fans.
But with only one minute of the second half played Alex Millar stunned Portrush when he smashed Ballynahinch into the lead.
However, their lead was short-lived and 10 minutes late James McCook rifled the ball home with a sweetly struct shot that flashed past Mark Brown in the ‘hinch goal.
The game was up for grabs, and in 54th minute, Andy Young made a superb goal line save to keep Ballynahinch in the game.
With 9 minutes remaining Portrush killed off Ballynahinch’s hopes of causing an upset, when Kerr deflected the ball past Brown to send the Ports fans ecstatic, and the cup was heading to the North Coast.
Mark Brown, Alex Millar, Andrew Mulholland, Ashley Brown, Leslie Harrison, Stuart Hunter, Adam McKee, Andrew McIlwaine; Lee Thomas, David Bolton, Darren Roe, Jason Campbell, Steven Creen, Lawrence Patterson, David Ferris, Matthew Peters
Gordon McAllister, Lewis Greene, Ryan Smith, Andrew McConaghy, David Price, Aaron Kerr, Callum McKeeman, Graeme Christie, James McCook, Brent Smith, John Dillon, Richard McNabb, Leon Smith, Phillip Linton, Neil McMaster, Graeme Kerr