Hockey men beaten in final

Ballymena's Matt O'Neill takes evasive action as Cliftonville's Dale Curragh clears the ball during Thursday's Sussex Regiment Cup final at Deramore. Picture: Press Eye.
Ballymena's Matt O'Neill takes evasive action as Cliftonville's Dale Curragh clears the ball during Thursday's Sussex Regiment Cup final at Deramore. Picture: Press Eye.

Ballymena Hockey Club’s men’s First XI’s hopes of Sussex Regiment Trophy glory ended in gallant failure on New Year’s Day.

The Braidmen’s status as underdogs was borne out as they lost 4-0 to Cliftonville in the decider at Deramore, despite an outstanding performance from goalkeepr James Birrell.

See this week’s paper for more coverage from the final.