A dramatic extra time winner from Diane Robb clinched Lisnagarvey a 2-1 victory over Cookstown in Wednesday night’s promotion-relegation play off at Mossley.
The experienced striker scored with just a minute of the first period of the added 10 minutes to go and with the ‘silver goal’ rule applying that was the end of the contest.
Garvey had gone 1-0 up after only five minutes when Anya Coffey broke the deadlock but Cookstown drew level with 17 minutes left when they converted a penalty corner.
“It was quite a physical game and they were definitely up for it so 1-1 was a fair reflection at the end of normal time,” said Garvey goalkeeper Caroline Reid.
“But I think it eventually came down to pride and team work - it has been a tough season but I think we proved why we should be in the Premier League next season.”
But the Tyrone team put up a terrific fight after a superb season which saw them finish runners up up in the second tier at domestic level and in the Senior Cup.
They also reached the semi finals of the Irish Hockey Trophy only to lose out to North Down.
So they can look forward to going one better next season at domestic level next time around having seen Portadown top the table and secure the one automatic promotion slot.
But for Garvey the win was more important as they have for so long lived in the shadows of their men’s team.