Cup final glory for hockey ladies

Ballymena Hockey Club celebrate their Ulster Senior Cup success after winning today's final against Raphoe on penalty flicks. Picture: Press Eye.
Ballymena Hockey Club celebrate their Ulster Senior Cup success after winning today's final against Raphoe on penalty flicks. Picture: Press Eye.

Ballymena Hockey Club landed their second Ulster Senior Cup triumph in three years this afternoon.

The Braid ladies secured the trophy with a dramatic penalty shootout win over Raphoe, after the final at Coleraine had finished deadlocked at a goal apiece.

Goalkeeper Joanne Davis emerged as the heroine for Ballymena with a superb performance in which she saved a penalty flick during normal time before stopping three Raphoe flicks in the shootout.

Emma Gillespie had given Ballymena the lead in the 27th minute but the Donegal side had levelled within three minutes after Leanne Patterson finally found a way past Davis.

Neither side was able to fashion another goal in the remainder of normal or extra time and the outcome was settled on penalties with Ballymena celebrating at the end.

Don’t miss this week’s Ballymena Times for further coverage from the final.