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Sister act as Olivia moves out of Katie's shadow


By John Flack

Olivia Mullan made it six goals for the season when she scored in Ballymoney's 4-1 win over North Down in Comber on ­Saturday as the Co Antrim side moved to the top of the Ulster Premier League.

The teenager is proving to be a chip off the old block as she is the younger sister of former Money player and current Ireland captain Katie Mullan.

Olivia has already won ­representative honours and last weekend she dug in to help Ulster ­regain the Under-18 inter-provincial ­crown at Stormont.

On the back of some ­impressive displays, she has been named in the Ireland U18 ­training squad ahead of next year's much anticipated European Championship.

Ballymoney stalwart Aine Kearney says she sees Olivia as a great prospect.

She said: "Olivia, like Katie, also plays camogie for Eoghan Rua in Coleraine and she is a tough and very skilful player just like her sister.

"She also has an eye for goal as she has proved already this season and she is also a very talented penalty corner striker."

Kearney added: "While we are delighted to be at the top of the table, I think you still have to make Queen's the favourites for the ­title as they are the best team we have played so far."

On Saturday, Lurgan bounced back after an opening loss to Queen's with a 6-1 win over Rainey.

The Belfast students, ­meanwhile, have reached the semi-finals of the Irish ­Inter-varsities Championship in Dublin with senior international Jessica McMaster playing a key role.

The 19-year-old striker scored three of the goals as Queen's beat Trinity 4-2 and drew 2-2 with Dublin Institute of Technology to earn her team a last-four clash with UCC.

Ulster Premier League: North Down 1 ­ (L Bell) Ballymoney 4 (S Brown, O Mullan, C Stacey, L McCurdy); Lurgan 6 (C McCann, L Wright 2, A Nawn 2, C Johnston) Rainey 1 (K Wilson).

Senior One: Knock 0 Priorians 2 (J Kennedy 2); Lisnagarvey 4 (S Holdsworth 2, A Brown, S Colgan) Armagh 0; Omagh 2 (D Darragh 2) Ballyclare 1 (R Murphy); Raphoe 3 (S Barnett, E Harper, L Smith) Ballymena 0; Victorians 5 (R Hewitt 2, A Roberts, J Fusco, D Curry) CI 0.

Irish Inter-varsities Championship: Queen's 4 (J McMaster 2, A Hutchinson, R Quinn) Trinity 2; Queen's 2 (J McMaster, T Hastings) DIT 2; Ulster University 0 UCD 4; UU 1 (A Hamilton) UCC 2.

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