Lurgan claim all Ireland title for third time in four years

Lurgan celebrate their cup success
Lurgan celebrate their cup success

Ulster Senior Cup holders Lurgan College lifted the all Ireland title for the third time in the last four years after completing a clean sweep of victories in Dublin on Friday.

They went into the second and final day of the Kate Russell Cup competition needing a win and a draw to retain the silverware.

They got off to the perfect start when they swept to a 4-0 win over Salerno of Connacht and that left them with the task of avoiding defeat against host team St Andrew’s.

But they survived a second half onslaught to win the game 1-0 knowing that if they conceded two goals then Munster team Crescent College would pip them to the post.

Jenny Morrow brilliantly cracked home a reverse stick shot in the 15th minute for the winner after her sister Julie and Jenny Edgar had combined to set up the chance.

Earlier in the day against Salerno, Kathryn Edgar and Samantha Bann in the first half, and Jill Costley and Jenny Morrow in the second, got the goals to set up the title decider.

But it was Kilkenny who were the main threat as only a win by a six-goal margin would have enabled St Andrew’s to lift the title.

Lurgan coach Julie Hinds said that team work was the secret of the Ulster champions’ success.

“It was a great effort from all 16 players and we only had the minimum break between games whereas St Andrew’s had more time to recharge their batteries.” she explained.

“If I had to pick someone out it would be our captain Hannah Grieve who led by example throughout and her decision making was first class.

“The girls had very little left in the tank in the second half of the final game and they really threw everything at us but thankfully we held on for the win.”