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Gabi Scott has dream debut for Ireland as Rainey girls move to the top of the class

 

By John Flack

Gabi Scott won't forget her all-Ireland schoolgirls' hockey championship debut in a hurry as she helped Rainey make an unbeaten start to their Kate Russell Cup campaign in Kilkenny yesterday.

The 13-year-old - five years younger than many of her team mates - scored a superb goal as the Belfast Telegraph Senior Cup winners defeated Salerno 3-1 to end the day in style.

And in a great day for the family, Gabi's older sister Betty scored the other two goals in a hard-fought win.

After a scoreless first-half, it was Betty who broke the deadlock in the 40th minute from a penalty corner before her sibling added a brilliant solo effort.

Salerno pulled one back before Betty sealed the win with a well-taken goal from open play near the end.

Earlier in the day, Rainey had opened with a creditable scoreless draw against hosts Kilkenny College, many people's favourites to land the trophy.

The two teams are locked together at the top of the standings overnight but Rainey have the edge on goal difference with games against Leinster champions Loreto Foxrock (9.30am) and Munster's Mount Mercy (2pm) to come today.

"The job is only half done but at least we are still in with a good chance going into the final day which is where we wanted to be," said Rainey coach Carolyn Burns.

"There is very little between the teams and a point against a very strong Kilkenny side was a good start and to get the win against Salerno was obviously important."

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