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Randalstown find final role for Zoe

By John Flack

Randalstown have decided against including rising star Zoe Wilson in their squad for this afternoon's Denman Ulster Shield final clash with Queen's at Stormont (1.30pm).

Wilson is currently based in the United States where she recently helped Syracuse University win the national title for the first time in their history.

But she is back home for the Christmas break and would have been eligible to play in the final in which 'Town will be attempting to lift the trophy for the first time since 2006.

Wilson is regarded as one of Ireland's brightest prospects and she is set to make her senior international debut in a five-test series with Spain in Valencia next month.

However, Randalstown have decided to keep faith with the squad that got them to the final and have, instead, listed the 18-year-old midfielder as manager.

"The club were of the opinion that we should stick with the players who have played for us all season and I can understand where they are coming from," said Town coach Harry McNeill.

"Obviously one of the girls would have had to sit out the final if we had included Zoe in the match-day squad."

McNeill's opposite number Simon Bell is naturally relieved at the decision as Queen's would have started as underdogs had the former Ireland U18 captain been lining out.

"Zoe is certainly an exciting prospect and she would have made a big difference to the complexion of the game had she played," he said.

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