Aaron Kerr was the toast of Portrush, as his two goal double strike ensured that Portrush would be lifting the Sussex Regiment Cup for the first time in their 100 year history.
Portrush had put their New Year celebrations on hold and they were determined that they were going to make up for it, as Kerr who is also their captain explained.
“We will be doing some celebrating tonight.
“The guys were good last night and didn’t go out, so we will be celebrating 2014 in style tonight.
“I am lost for words, as we have never won the Sussex before and it is a marvellous achievement for everyone in the club.
“But what an experience the game was, as it was full of ups and downs especially when we went behind.
“But the lads kept at it and they are absolutely brilliant.
Was he pleased to score the winning goal?
“I always enjoy scoring but winning the cup is what really matters,” beamed Kerr.
The game was only two minutes old, when Kerr drilled the North coast side into the lead.
But Ballynahinch came storming back to take the lead through Stuart Hunter and Alex Millar.
This was not in the script, as Portrush were hot favourites for the trophy.
But in the 47th minute, James McCook drilled the ball home for the equaliser.
And with 10 minutes remaining, Kerr found space in the Ballynahinch circle to deflect the ball past Mark Brown in the ‘Hinch goal, for the all important winner.
Ballynahinch captain Leslie Harrison said: “I thought it was a good game and was very competitive by both teams and played in the right spirit, as hockey should be.
“Even when we went 2-1 up, I knew that Portrush would come back as they are a very good side and they have beaten us twice this season.
“But we thought we might have just had enough in the tank to do it on the day, naturally we are very disappointed but they dug deep and produced the result.”
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