Thursday 19 October 2017

Banbridge and UCD back on top with Senior Cup victories

 

'The Ulstermen threatened to run riot in the first half but were contained to just one goal, a scrambled early effort by Johnny McKee' (stock photo)
'The Ulstermen threatened to run riot in the first half but were contained to just one goal, a scrambled early effort by Johnny McKee' (stock photo)
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Banbridge retrieved the Irish Senior Cup after a one-year break as they beat holders Monkstown 3-1 at Belfield.

The Ulstermen threatened to run riot in the first half but were contained to just one goal, a scrambled early effort by Johnny McKee.

Fraser Mills and Matthew Allister might have added a second, the first denied by Davy Fitzgerald's fine save and the other shooting wide.

They finally extended their advantage shortly after the break, Eugene Magee finding the net on the rebound after his initial effort was saved by Fitzgerald.

Monkstown hit back through Davy Carson's rising drive but Magee's second, delivered with the assistance of Mills, put the winners out of sight.

A late goal from captain Deirdre Duke landed the women of UCD the Irish Senior Cup they last collected in 2014.

The league-leading students were given a full test of their mettle by Cork Harlequins in a match that remained scoreless until Duke knocked in the 58th-minute winner.

The students failed to capitalise on a series of first half penalty corners while 'Quins striker Rebecca forced a double save from College keeper Clodagh Cassin.

The Cork girls, who had 42-year-olds Karen Bateman and Rachel Kohler anchoring midfield, looked to be finishing the stronger.

Then Lena Tice turned defence into attack for UCD with the overhead pass which set up Duke's decisive strike with 2 minutes 45 seconds left on the match clock.

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