Ulster Rockets show nerves of steel to land National silverware
The Ulster Rockets pulled off a dramatic victory in the women's Division One National Cup final at the weekend. The Rockets held their nerve in the National Stadium, Tallaght to win a tight duel with Marble City Hawks in overtime, 55-54.
A thrilling match saw just one point between the sides at half-time, 21-20 in favour of the Rockets, with Zee Shahid Martin and Mairead McNally on fire.
The Rockets seemed to be in control but the temperature rose as Kelly O'Hallahan brought her side to within a basket.
She then tied the game up from the free throw line at 47-all and it went to overtime.
Hawks ace Aine Sheehy got the overtime scoring under way with a nice three-pointer but Carly Lough responded with a superb three-pointer and added two cool-headed free throws.
With seconds on the clock, Sheehy netted a three-pointer but they were unable to launch a further assault and so the Rockets took the trophy.
The Rockets, coached by Breda Dick, compete in the second tier of the All Ireland league with a place in the Superleague next season on the cards.