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All smiles: Armagh celebrate after beating Dungannon 2-0 to win the Senior Cup

All smiles: Armagh celebrate after beating Dungannon 2-0 to win the Senior Cup

All smiles: Armagh celebrate after beating Dungannon 2-0 to win the Senior Cup

Armagh captain Julie Frazer lifted the Senior Cup after a 2-0 win over Dungannon in the final on Saturday at Havelock Park and then said to her younger sister Gemma: 'follow that!'

Gemma, who is captain of the Ulster Elks, took advantage of a day off to act as manager for her former club.

The Elks are currently at the top of the Premier League and are in the quarter finals of the Irish Senior Cup so Gemma will be hoping to get her hands on a trophy and follow in her sister's footsteps.

The pair played together for two years but there's every chance they'll be on opposing sides next season as Armagh are odds-on favourites to bounce back to the top flight at the first attempt.

"It was great to win the cup but our main priority is to get straight back into the Premier League and, hopefully, our success in the knockout competition will act as a springboard for that," said Julie.

"We were glad that Gemma was able to be in the dugout on Saturday and hopefully I will see more of her on the pitch as an opponent next season."

Armagh confirmed their pre-match favourites tag on Saturday in horrendous conditions.

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"It was really difficult to keep warm especially in the second half when it began to snow but, fortunately, it didn't lie and we got the game finished." Julie added.

"It was obviously a big help to have been 2-0 ahead by half-time before the weather worsened but we can play better than that never mind the conditions.

"We have quite a lot of young players in the squad and they have been learning all the time and enjoying their hockey after a couple of lean seasons when we struggled in the Premier League before going down."

Dungannon made a rich contribution to an entertaining game despite the conditions but they were unable to make much headway in the second half despite impressive displays from striker Samantha Kelly and midfielder Lisa Millar.

"I was proud of the effort the girls put in and it was a great achievement even to reach the final in our first season in Senior One," said coach Norman Purdy.

Lucy McKee scored twice in quick succession in the second quarter of the game and there was no way back for the brave Tyrone side as conditions deteriorated after the interval.


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