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Portrane ladies on cloud nine after cup success

Hockey, Women's Division 9-10 Cup

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Portrane ladies celebrate their Division 9/10 Cup triumph

Portrane ladies celebrate their Division 9/10 Cup triumph

Portrane ladies celebrate their Division 9/10 Cup triumph

Portrane Ladies capped off a magnificent weekend for the club after the men's Irish Hockey Trophy triumph as they cruised to a 9-0 victory against UCD 6ths to win the Division 9-10 Cup.

Former Portrane player Matthew McCann has enjoyed great success since taking over the ladies first team and their victory over the students meant that his side completed the season unbeaten. McCann's prolific side have scored 118 goals in just 14 matches and from the very first whistle against UCD they looked far too strong for their opponents as they played with speed and intensity which the college ladies couldn't match.

Hannah Moynihan put the Donabate side ahead after just three minutes, finishing well after receiving a Sarah Dowling pass. Moynihan doubled her and Portrane's tally five minutes later with another fine shot to make it 2-0 just before the end of the opening quarter.

Portrane refused to take their foot off the pedal and quickly scored a third.

UCD came into the game more during the second quarter, but Portrane defended well and after absorbing some pressure they broke quickly to score a fourth goal through Rachel Bernie.

The game looked all but over as the second half began and any chance of a comeback for UCD ended as Moynihan completed her hat-trick with an excellent finish.

UCD were visibly wilting after Sarah Dowling made it six from a well-worked short corner and Portrane took advantage with two more goals in quick succession from Nadine Patterson and Rachel Bernie.

A fine day at the office for Portrane ended with Ella Jinks scoring a ninth at the death.

After the game coach McCann praised the dedication of his players after another flawless season.

'We will play in Division 8 next season, but realistically we should be bumped up a few divisions. We have played division three and four sides in friendlies and more than held our own, but unfortunately Leinster Hockey's structure dictates that we will have to go through the divisions.

'It's unfortunate as by the time we get to Division 2 or 3 many of the girls currently playing will be in their 30s and winding down their careers. It's also tough to attract players when they hear we play in Division 8. However, it is great to see women's hockey thriving in the club and we have now got three senior teams who all managed to get promoted this season.

'It's looking like we will have a fourth team next season, and as well as that we have two Under-16 teams and two Under-14s.

'We have some wonderful coaches here like Imran Khan and Mukhtar Ahmed as well as Anita Patterson and Ed Van Dreumel who has brought through some great players from the second and third teams.

'The goal is to get up to the same level as the men eventually and bring top division hockey to the club. It's a long road to get to that point, but we have a great group of girls and some great coaches, so we have plenty in our favour.'

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