Tight contest expected in Senior Cup decider

Cookstown striker Claire Brown

Cookstown striker Claire Brown

Saturday’s Senior Cup final promises to be a close fought contest between Ballymena and Cookstown at Mossley. (2pm).

The league game between the two sides ended in a 1-1 stalemate while both teams are well in contention for promotion into the top flight next season.

In addition, they are the only two outfits who have beaten Senior One leaders Portadown this season.

“This final will show how closely matched the two teams are and will boil down to which of us wants it more.” said Ballymena captain Clare Gillespie.

“Because we have never been in a final before, to be part of this team and a place in history at the club means so much for each and every one of us, the supporters, the club and our coach.

“Our coach Mary Glass is now in her second season in a coaching capacity and she has been an asset to this team and last season’s third place in the league and reaching the cup final prove this.

“She is as tough a coach as she was a player, she has a no nonsense attitude, and pushes us to have good team spirit and a tough work ethic.

“As a captain I would like nothing better than to be lifting the cup for this fantastic group of players but also for Mary as she deserves it as much as us.”

Cookstown striker Claire Brown is likely to be a hot handful for the Ballymena defence, which is missing Sara Allen, who has started a gap year.

She has scored an incredible 21 goals in 13 matches already this season, including the winner in the semi final victory over the Ports.

“We have worked so hard for many years trying to bring a trophy back to Cookstown and we hope that this year we can do just that for everyone connected to the club.” said Cookstown captain Louise Donaghy.

“But Ballymena are a great side and we know we will have our work cut out .”




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