Hockey: Rainey Endowed girls in heroic win over Ballymena Academy in Senior Cup semi

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Rainey Endowed School won their way through to the final of the Senior Schools Cup on March 5.

In the first semi-final, Ballymena Academy took on Rainey at Lisnagarvey Hockey Club.

Six minutes into the game and Ballymena took the lead through a fine finish from Emma Kernohan.

Ballymena Academy maintained the lead only for a few minutes before Tori Hastings deflected home for Rainey Endowed to level the scoring.

Into the second half and Rainey Endowed started the brighter of the two sides and seven minutes into the second half, Rainey took the lead with Hastings securing her brace.

Once again Ballymena Academy dug deep and levelled the score once again with Emma Kernohan grabbing her second of the game.

Both teams continued pressuring their respective defences looking for the lead and Rainey Endowed pulled ahead with less than 10 minutes remaining when Robyn Chambers slotted home.

It was an anxious and tight end to the game with Ballymena Academy pushing hard to draw level and with two minutes remaining Kernohan grabbed her hat trick to send the game into extra time.

Ballymena Academy dominated extra time but couldn’t find a winner meaning penalty strokes would determine the first finalist of the Senior Schools Cup.

Rainey Endowed persevered, coming through 4-2 victors on strokes.

In the second Semi Final of the day, Lurgan College defeated Ballyclare High School 3-0 for a spot in the final - their fourth appearance in four years.

This will be Rainey’s first final since 1977 where they lost out to Regent House so is a remarkable achievement for the school.

Many congratulations to Robyn Chambers who enjoyed a hugely successful U21 Interpros in Dublin this weekend.

Still on a high from her Senior Schools Cup on win on Wednesday, Robyn scored the important third goal in Ulster’s win over Munster to help the Ulster U21 clinch the Interprovincial Title in emphatic style at Three Rock Rovers.

On Friday afternoon, Ulster got off to a roaring start with a resounding victory over Connacht. Ulster put eight past the westerners with Lucy McKee grabbing a hat trick in the opening fixture for the women.

Further goals from Katie Mullan, Chloe Brown, Jo Orr and a double from Gemma Frazer eased Ulster to three points.

With Ulster up and running in style in the Interpro series, Munster were the next test for the experienced outfit and Ulster continued where they left off on Friday afternoon putting Munster to the sword claiming a 6-0 victory.

Goals for Ulster coming from Lucy McKee, Chloe Brown, Bethany Barr, Robyn Chambers and a brace from Katie Mullan.

The final and perhaps hardest test for Ulster was on Sunday afternoon against Leinster where a win and Ulster would reclaim their U21 Interpro title from 2013.

Ulster, buoyed from their fantastic performances on Friday and Saturday, produced a confident and stellar performance to claim a 2-0 victory over Leinster to ensure a perfect weekend in Dublin with three wins from three.