HOCKEY: Shirley McCay’s Under 16s make progress in Dublin

Carrickfergus' Natasha McWilliams
Carrickfergus' Natasha McWilliams

Ulster’s Under 16s had to be satisfied with the runners up slot at the inter-provincial tournament after they slipped to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Leinster in the final game of the tournament yesterday in Dublin.

Shirley McCay’s team, unlike the U18 side, had to win the match to lift the title after earlier being held to a 0-0 draw by Connacht.

However to finish second was an improvement on last year when Ulster were third in the rankings when the tournament was hosted by Lisnagarvey at Comber Road.

Leinster scored after only two minutes to leave Ulster with it all to do and, despite their best efforts, they couldn’t find a way through the hosts’ defence.

The game with Connacht was steeped in controversy after the umpires insisted it was over just after a penalty corner was awarded to the westerners seconds before the final hooter sounded.

There was a delay of 22 minutes until it was eventually decided by tournament officials that the match would resume and the set-piece would be taken.

However it came to nothing and so Ulster went into the final match against Leinster knowing that only a win would be enough for them to clinch the trophy.

Meanwhile in Senior One there were wins for Cookstown, 2-0 victors over Larne, Banbridge who beat Victorians 3-1 and Grosvenor who scored a 1-0 success over Ballymena.

In Senior Two, two goals from Amy Cross and one from Christine Waide gave Carrick a 3-0 win over Limavady.