Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 27 November 2014

Seven-goal rout not enough for our girls

Ulster had to settle for second place at the senior interprovincial championships in Cork yesterday as they missed out on a fourth consecutive title.

The day started well - but not well enough - for Stephen Watt's girls as they trounced Connacht 7-2, helped by a hat trick from Ulster Elks and Ireland player Shirley McCay.

That left Leinster needing to beat Munster by three clear goals to spoil the party and they duly beat the hosts 6-1.

Watt, though, was reasonably happy with his squad's display.

"We improved as the tournament went on and there were a number of good performances." he said.

"Susie Martin stood out at the back and was the best central defender in the tournament - how she's not on the Ireland squad is a mystery.

"Lauren Barr was excellent as was Bridget Cleland who demonstrated why she was made captain.

"Shirley McCay and Emma Clarke showed why they are Irish internationals.

"Never before in my tenure had we scored seven goals but I was disappointed that we conceded two against Connacht."

Ulster led 4-1 at the break through goals from Clarke, McCay (2) and Kate Magowan before McCay completed her hat-trick and Michell Harvey converted two drag flicks at penalty corners.

On Saturday, Ulster had beaten Munster 3-2 after drawing 0-0 with Leinster in Friday night's opener.

Back home, Belfast Harlequins made it back to back Premier League wins over Victorians with a 3-2 victory and Lurgan booked their place in the semi finals of the Senior Plate with a 2-0 win over Knock.

In Senior One there were wins for Queen's, Omagh, Greenisland and Priorians.

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