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Schools Cup Live: Sullivan Upper beat Banbridge Academy 2-1

By Graham Hamilton

Sullivan Upper have lifted the Belfast Telegraph Senior Schools' Cup with a 2-1 victory over Banbridge Academy

Sarah Russel scored the opener for Banbridge after 16 minutes before Zara Malseed made it all square three minutres later.

Sullivan took the lead with a well worked set piece as Malseed flicked it to Katharine Hill who fired home. 2-1.

Banbridge had never reached the final before today whereas Sullivan have reached it twice but lost the 2008 decider against Royal School Armagh and shared the trophy after a goalless draw with Glenlola College back in 1980.

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Speaking before today's showdown, Banbridge skipper Emma Quinn said:"The boys at the Academy generally do well, so maybe its our turn now.

"Our coach Neil Madeley has had us training longer after school and trying to make good use of the gym sessions in preparation for the final.

"I'm sure we'll be a bit nervous but it's exciting to have reached this stage. We know Sullivan won't be easy, and we know Zara is a prolific goalscorer, so we'll just have to make sure we mark her tightly."

The Academy's semi-final hero was keeper McCabe who pulled off numerous saves, particularly when Ballyclare stepped up the pressure in the last quarter, but striker Orla Thompson also played her part by scoring both goals in the 2-1 win.

Orla will get great support from Katie McKee - her brother Johnny captained the Academy to the McCullough Cup success in December - and Emma Cartmill and it's this trio who are most likely to produce goals for the Bann girls.

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Katie is already catching the eye and is now a regular on the Armagh senior team where she has helped them land the Ulster Senior Cup and within sight of promotion to the top flight.

 

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