Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Megan has magic touch

Ballymena Acad 0 Foyle & L’derry Coll 1

The Belfast Telegraph Bank of Ireland Schools' Cup is back in the north west after a gap of 27 years.

A moment of magic from Foyle & Londonderry College captain Megan Frazer produced the only goal of the final and guaranteed the magnificent piece of silverware would be back in their trophy cabinet for the first time since 1982.

It was disappointment for Ballymena Academy, but on the day they never lived up to their billing and instead will have to look to make an impression when they join the Foyle girls in Dublin later this month for the ESB Kate Russell All-Ireland championships.

The player of the match award, sponsored by former Irish international Julian Stevenson through his Eurosports company, went to Ballymena goalkeeper Ashley McIlroy, and it's easy to understand why.

Ashley pulled off at least half a dozen top-class saves to keep her team in the frame right until the end when they really deserved to be dead and buried by half-time.

Megan Frazer was undoubtedly the top outfield player, and it was she who pulled the strings for the north west team, underlining why Irish international coach

Gene Muller has already capped her at senior level.

"Ballymena gave us a really hard game, but on the day we deserved our success" said Megan afterwards. "They are a good all-round team, and will probably do well in the all-Ireland series, but it's us who are Ulster champions and who will want to build on that in Dublin."

It's certainly a busy three weeks for Megan, highlighting why she is an important cog at school, club, provincial and international level."

“First up is the Irish Hockey League with my club Ballymoney this weekend, then it's the All-Ireland schools' series with Foyle from March 19-20, followed by the Irish Senior Cup with Ballymoney on March 21, then a trip with the Irish Under 21s to Germany from March 23," she said.

Foyle took the game to Ballymena right from the start and goalkeeper Ashley McIlroy pulled off a double save early on, and after Holly Rankin shot wide, McIlroy saved again, this time after Leanne Orr burst through.

She was finally beaten after 18 minutes from what was the only penalty corner in the game, Frazer controlling the push-out and firing it into the bottom corner.

Afterwards Foyle captain Megan Frazer received the trophy from Belfast Telegraph sports editor Steven Beacom and Bank of Ireland's Ian MacDonnell.

BALLYMENA ACADEMY: Ashley McIlroy, Rachel Lightbody, Caroline Doyle, Ciara Corbett, Emma Gillespie, katherine Allen, Kirsten Young, Rachel Brady, Laura Robinson, Catherine McGivern, Sarah Shaw, Kathryn Hutchinson, Sarah Hamill, Beth Dinsmore, Rebecca McCluggage, Helen McKelvey.

FOYLE & LONDONDERRY COLLEGE: Hollie Lynch, Victoria McAllister, Hannah McAllister, Amy Chambers, Bronagh McKinley, Camilla Lyttle, Coral Lapsley, Olivia Jones, Megan Frazer, Alisha McCandless, Jane Manning, Abbie Parkhill, Leanne Orr, Amanda Brady, Megan McClintock.

Umpires: L Morrow, L Callaghan

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