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Captain Kendra at the double as Sion Swifts secure Irish Cup for first time

Sion Swifts 2-0 Newry City Ladies

By Adam McKendry

Two quickfire strikes from captain Kendra McMullen handed Sion Swifts their first ever Electric Ireland Women's Irish Cup triumph as they won 2-0 against Newry City Ladies in the final at Windsor Park.

The first, a majestic 25-yard lob, set the Swifts on their way before McMullen doubled her tally, and the Swifts' lead, three minutes later with a low strike past Newry keeper Megan Cinnamond.

It's a third heartbreak of the season for Newry, who lost this year's League Cup final to Linfield Ladies and also finished second in the league to the Blues.

In a typically nervy final, the first half didn't stray from that narrative as both sides had opportunities but were hesitant to take them.

The closest either side came was when the Newry defence had to scramble to keep out a looping Swifts header that looked to be dropping in at the back post.

But after the restart it was Sion Swifts who went on the attack, and while they were made to wait for their opener, it wouldn't take long for them to seize the initiative.

McMullen, operating in midfield, hit the ball from 25 yards, which went over the head of Cinnamond and nestled in the back of the net for the goal.

The Swifts skipper soon made it two, acting quickest to the loose ball in the penalty area and slamming it home to add that welcome cushion.

Try as they might, Newry couldn't find a response to those two goals, leaving the Swifts to celebrate a well-deserved trophy success.

• Institute are set to take up an offer from the Irish FA to use the National Stadium at Windsor Park for one of their upcoming home games.

All ticket sales will go to Institute to help with the renovation of their home ground the Riverside Stadium after it was flooded by torrential rainfall.

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