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Cool Cole and brother Troy kill off Sullivan hopes of retaining trophy

 

By Graham Hamilton

When it comes to taking the final penalty run which will decide the outcome of a cup final, you need to be cool, calm and collected.

So step up Cole Chambers in yesterday's McCullough Cup decider at Lisnagarvey, and the Wallace High defender showed no signs of nerves as he danced round Sullivan Upper keeper Fraser Todd to slot in the winner and end his school hockey career on a high.

Along with younger brother Troy, Cole played a major role in the Lisburn school's success, and indeed it was almost a toss-up between these two to decide man of the match, with Troy's two goals swaying things his way.

But it was a bittersweet success for Cole as that brings the curtain down on his schools career - his age makes him ineligible for the Burney Cup which gets into full swing in the new year.

"It's my last year at school, and the way my birthday falls means I won't be eligible for our Burney Cup campaign," said Cole amid the celebrations.

"So this was my last chance of a winners' medal, for I never got the chance to play in any other school finals, and it's great that it turned out to be a successful one."

But how much pressure was on his young shoulders, knowing that he was taking the final penalty run which would inevitably decide the game?

"It was unbelievable," he admitted. "But I stayed calm and there was considerable relief when the ball hit the backboard!"

It was younger brother Troy's two penalty corner goals that kept Wallace in the frame, although he was to have his penalty run saved.

"We should have won after a great second half and so I was a bit worried about the penalty runs, especially after I missed our opening one.

"But it worked out well, and I'm glad for Cole who won't be able to take part in the Burney Cup in the new year."

Sullivan's goals came from Matthew Morris and a last-gasp effort from Matthew Willis, which took the Schools Cup final into the shoot-out.

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