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Video, report, pictures: Mulholland magic helps Rainey Endowed to first ever Schools' Cup title

Rainey Endowed 1-1 Banbridge Academy (Rainey win 3-1 on strokes)

By Gareth Hanna

Rainey Endowed have won the Belfast Telegraph Schools' Cup on penalty strokes.

It's the school's first ever victory in the competition and they had to come from behind to do it before captain and goalkeeper Erin Mulholland saved three penalty strokes to win the cup.

Bann captain Katie McKee opened the scores at the start of the second half with a stunning solo effort, carrying the ball from midfield, past two defenders and finishing superbly.

But the scores were level 10 minutes before the end of normal time as Cara Brown bundled the ball over the line on the rbound after Rebecca Spence had saved well.

Rainey Endowed are the Belfast Telegraph Schools' Cup champions for the first time! 🏆 Watch what captain Erin Mulholland...

Posted by Belfast Telegraph Sport on Thursday, March 8, 2018

Both sides had chances to win it, McKee uncharacteristically didn't take advantage of a string of short corners while a Gabi Scott reverse was well stopped.

Bann dominated in extra-time but again McKee couldn't take advantage of a penalty corner, this time trying a variation that failed to fool the defence.

That paved the way for keeper Mulholland's penalty heroics, saving three of the four strokes to ensure her side earned an historic success.

Here's the match as it happened:

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