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Family affair: (from left) BRA’s Kerry, Julia and Emma Uprichard

Family affair: (from left) BRA’s Kerry, Julia and Emma Uprichard

Stephen Hamilton

Family affair: (from left) BRA’s Kerry, Julia and Emma Uprichard

Three sisters were instrumental in BRA's Belfast Telegraph Ulster Senior Cup triumph over Friends yesterday, with team captain Julia Uprichard (18) joined by her younger siblings Emma (17) and Kerry (15) in the line-up.

It was a real family affair when Emma set up Julia for the second goal after also providing the assist for Niamh McIvor's equaliser, while Kerry also made a significant contribution.

"It's been a great day for the family all round, and especially for our dad, who is always our harshest critic," said Julia.

"But he will be happy for once, and you can't argue with 4-2, although it never felt comfortable against Friends', who are such a strong side and put up such a fight. We knew they had a good corner routine but we defended them well and were set up to do that.

"Every time we got into the circle we thought we had a good chance to score, and it means everything to every single player on the pitch to have won the cup after 46 years.

"The whole squad is just like a big happy family, sisters, real and not so real, and it means everything to every single player on the pitch to have won the cup after 46 years."

Coach Stephen Watt was delighted for his players, who go on to represent Ulster at the All-Ireland Championship later this month in Galway against the other provincial champions.

He said: "Getting 4-1 up was a difficulty for us and we stopped playing, so I was a wee bit frustrated with the second-half, but it's great for that group of girls to have got something tangible at the end of it."

Friends' coach Caroline Adams added: "I'm gutted for the girls, but so proud they put up such a fight to go 1-0 up, but to then concede three times is not like us, and when they got a fourth it was very hard to come back from that."

Belfast Telegraph