Controversy over goal fails to overshadow great final

Julie Morrow nets the winning goal for Lurgan against Rainey
Julie Morrow nets the winning goal for Lurgan against Rainey

Julie Morrow was rendered almost speechless after scoring Lurgan’s winning goal yesterday and being named player-of-the-match.

“I just can’t really put it into words how I feel as I’m in shock - it’s just fantastic and I won’t forget today in a hurry that’s for sure.” she said.

“We had so many chances but just couldn’t score from them but, in the end, luck was on our side.”

However Rainey coach Carolyn Burns was adamant that Julie’s goal should not have been allowed to stand.

“The ball hit one of their player’s feet and not a stick at the penalty corner and our players were on their way out (of the circle) for a free - it was so blatant.” she said.

“But if the umpires don’t see it then they can’t blow it and it was a fantastic match though we had our chances and didn’t take them.

“The girls rose to the occasion and there were a couple of chances maybe on another day we would have put away.”

Lurgan coach Julie Hinds paid tribute to the valiant Rainey players many of whom were visibly upset after the game.

“It was a very tense game between two evenly matched sides and Rainey were very, very strong and difficult to break down.

“We had the better goal scoring opportunities but all credit to Rainey who defended very well.

“We just had to be patient but we also knew that they are very fast on the counter attack.

“They are a super wee team and a young one as well so they will be back next year for sure.”

Lurgan captain Hannah Grieve also had some kind words for the losers who were just over five minutes away from forcing a penalty shoot out.

“We know exactly how it feels to lose in a Cup final because we have been there before and there is not a lot you can say.” she added.

The season isn’t over yet for Lurgan who now go on to represent Ulster in the defence of the all Ireland schools title in Dublin at the end of the month.