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Ballymena still floating on air after victory

Sarah Goodrich and Kirsten Young celebrate

Sarah Goodrich and Kirsten Young celebrate

Ballymena still haven’t come down to earth after their historic Senior Cup triumph on Saturday at Mossley where they defeated Cookstown 1-0 in an exciting final.

It was the Braidsiders first ever senior trophy and the celebrations went on long into the night I am told.

The Senior Cup is a relatively new concept as it is now entering its third year but it is certainly a welcome addition to the fixture calendar.

In the past the leading Senior One clubs had to be content with a place in the Ulster Shield and several were on the wrong end of high scoring results.

Realistically no side from the second tier of Ulster women’s hockey was ever going to win the Shield such is the gap between the two divisions.

And heavy defeats did nothing to help either the morale or playing standards of the losers on such occasions.

So whoever came up with the idea of a secondary competition for Senior One clubs deserves a lot of credit.

You only had to look at the faces of the triumphant Ballymena players to see how much it meant to them as they danced around the pitch at the Glade before and after the trophy presentation.

It was a typical cup tie - literally a case of whatever happened on the day and on the day in question Cookstown could well have won the game and had the best player on view in Claire Brown.

The fact they didn’t was down to poor finishing especially in the first quarter of the game when they were well on top.

But the longer the game went on you had the suspicion that one goal would win it and that is how it proved.

Sarah Goodrich was the toast of the town on Saturday night after she plundered the only goal of the game in the second half as she set the champagne corks popping.

 

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