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Garvey in groove and now eye double: Scarlett

 

By John Flack

Scarlett Holdsworth says the sky's the limit for her Lisnagarvey team after they stretched their winning run this season to 15 games by defeating Ballymena 3-2 in an absorbing Senior Cup final at Mossley on Saturday.

However, at the moment, the Garvey captain will settle for a league and cup double as the Hillsborough team turn their attention to securing promotion back to the Ulster Premier League at the first attempt.

Holdsworth said: "The style of hockey which is being ingrained at Garvey at this minute, and the commitment of the players involved across the club, makes it hard to see a ceiling for it.

"Obviously, we're delighted to have lifted the cup for the first time after a tough game against a very good Ballymena side.

"While it is job done as far as the cup goes, there's another one ahead for us and that is getting back into the Premier League."

A gallant Ballymena side fought back magnificently from three down after only 23 minutes on Saturday to go agonisingly close to forcing a penalty shoot-out.

The final seconds saw a barrage of Ballymena penalty corners and, from the last, keeper Rebecca Hendron saved Catherine McCracken's effort.

Laura Murray had been a tower of strength in the Garvey defence in a rare appearance back home from her studies at Glasgow University.

But Ballymena had their own star in goalkeeper Joanne Davis, but for whom the game would have been out of sight long before the end as her team lost in the final for the first time, after two previous triumphs.

Jenna McQueen banged home the first set-piece of the match in the 10th minute and Jenna Flynn made it 2-0 from the penalty spot four minutes later before Murray set up Rachel Houston for number three.

Ballymena responded with a well-taken goal by Rebekah Reynolds on the stroke of half-time and Gillespie then finished off a superb move in the 64th minute but it proved to be too little, too late.

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