Newry secure fantastic treble

Newry celebrate Irish Trophy success
Newry celebrate Irish Trophy success

The celebrations went long into the night at Newry Hockey club after they won the Irish Trophy completing a fantastic treble winning season.

With the Senior One title and the Linden Cup already in their trophy cabinet, they just needed the Irish Trophy to complete the hat-trick of trophies.

But Newry had to come from behind after Bandon went into the lead in the 3rd minute.

It took a while for Newry to get over the early set back but gradually they began to move the ball about and in the 26th minute Colin McKnight levelled it for the Ulster side.

And minutes later, David Andrews slammed in Newry’s second, to take a deserved lead just before the interval.

Newry launched into full attack as the second half got underway and Bandon’s keeper, Ian Hosford did well to deny Newry from increasing their lead.

Soon the Newry pressure paid off, when Kyle McCombe nipped the ball home at the far post in the 52nd minute.

With five minutes remaining Bandon put the game on a knife edge when David Jennings reduced the deficit.

But Richard Nummey calmed Newry nerves when he smashed home their fourth, to secure the Irish Trophy and complete a fantastic season for the South Down club.

The treble was just a step too far for Portrush as they lost 3-2 to Limerick in the Irish Challenge Final in Dublin.

Portrush had a dream start when Callum Keenan edged them ahead in the 3rd minute. But three minutes later Limerick were back on level terms.

Seven minutes before the interval Brent Smith restored the North Coast side’s lead.But two second half goals from Limerick saw the trophy heading to their Cork base.

However, Portrush have had a brilliant season securing promotion to Senior One and winning the Sussex Regiment Cup.

Annadale clinched the final spot in next season’s Irish Hockey League thanks to the Edgar brothers William and John, as their two goals secured the important win against Cork Harlequins in Dublin and guaranteed top flight hockey next season for the Belfast club.

And in the final of the Irish Junior Cup Pembroke squeezed out holders Monkstown 4-3 to take the trophy.