Craigavon Senior High School Under 16 hockey team have successfully retained the Northern Ireland High Schools’ Cup following an impressive game against Ballyclare Secondary School.
The match was played at the Antrim Forum on March 20 and after a nervous start the girls quickly settled and played some great attacking hockey, with some great runs by Brooke Watson and Lucille Giffin, ensuring the Ballyclare defence had a busy afternoon.
Craigavon were unlucky not to score in the first half only being denied by an outstanding performance by the Ballyclare Goalkeeper, who deservedly was awarded player of the match.
The pressure eventually paid of 15 minutes through the second half when captain Steph Moffitt scored form open play after some great passing thorough the midfield of Emma White and Sarah Frizzell.
The girls continued to dominate the remainder of the game and were unfortunate not to win by a greater margin.
Zara Gibson kept the defence well organised ensuring that Ballyclare did not have the opportunity to equalise.
The girls all played exceptionally well and were deserving winners of the cup.
The school wishes them all the best in the final of the McDowell Plate which is to be played in the next few days.
Squad: Jenna Rodgers, Alana Manderson, Kerry Donaldson, Sasha Malone, Alison Martin, Lucille Giffin, Emma White, Zara Gibson, Sarah Frizzell, Lucy Parks, Lucy Morwood, Steph Moffitt (captain), Brooke Watson, Charissa Swaffield, Nikki Clarke.