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Foyle Take The Title

More than 1200 screaming fans watched the entertaining Ireland senior schools final at Lisnagarvey as Kukri kitted Foyle and Londonderry College picked up their first Senior Cup since 1982.
There was only one goal but the fans had plenty of other action to enjoy, notably a performance and a half by Ballymena Academy goalkeeper Ashley McIlroy that was breath-taking.

Foyle were hungry from the outset and it became obvious that McIroy would be busy. She made a couple of fairly decent saves to warm up and then made an absolutely blinding stop to keep out Leanne Orr 15 minutes into the game.
McIlroy was finally beaten in the 18th minute when Foyle's Megan Frazer hammered the ball into the backboards from the only penalty corner of the game.
Then it was back to normal service as far as McIlroy was concerned and she made save after save from the Foyle forwards to keep her side in with a chance right up to the final whistle.

Former Irish international Julian Stevenson knows a good goalkeeper when he sees one - he scored against enough of them in a glittering career - and it was no surprise when he presented her with the Eurosport Hockey Player of the Match Trophy.
As expected Frazer was the best outfield player. Her all round ability is awesome and her dazzling runs brought gasps from the crowd and lots of tackles from the Ballymena defence which did very well to hold out.
Captain Laura Robinson and Kathryn Hutchinson were particularly impressive at the heart of the defence.

But Foyle always looked the stronger side, prompted by Frazer who has all the talent to blossom into one of Ireland's greatest players.
They looked particularly strong down the right hand side with Olivia Jones at right back and Camilla Lyttle at right midfield in terrific form. Coral Lapsley also caught the eye as did Victoria McAllister.
Both sides will represent Ulster in the all-Ireland Kate Russell Cup. Good luck Foyle!
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Friday 04-07-2014