Rainey U14 win Ulster Schools Junior Cup

Rainey celebrate their success at the final whistle
Rainey celebrate their success at the final whistle

WHEN the girls of Rainey Endowed reached the final of the Ulster Junior Cup in 2008 it was the first time the school had been in the cup final since 1983 but the school had to wait till 2009 for the girls to again reach the final and at last lift the Cup as Ulster champions.

2010 saw the school jointly win the final and last year the U14 Team reached the final but lost out in a close match to the Royal School Armagh.

This is an extremely competitive competition with up to 44 schools from across the province taking part. The standard is always very high and the girls found this once again this year with some really tough matches.

To reach the final in 2012 the girls defeated Friends School, Lisburn 2-0, goals from Rachel Burns, Kirsty McLarnon and Glenlola Collegiate 2-1, goals from Rachel Burns and Rebecca Currie, They followed this up by defeating Regent House 3-1, goals scored by Rachel Burns, Lauren Mulholland and Sarah Caldwell.

In the quarter finals they defeated Belfast High School 3-1, Rachel Burns, Lauren McGookin and Kirsty McLarnon on the scoresheet.

Rainey then knocked out the cup holders the Royal School, Armagh in the semi final 2-1, Lauren McGookin, Edele Mallon were on target. The girls then defeated Methodist College, Belfast to win the Ulster Schools Junior Cup 2012. The Team was Kirsty McLarnon, Captain, Rebecca Johnston, Erin Mulholland, Aimee Stockman, Sarah Millar, Edele Mallon, Niamh Scullion, Diane Forsythe, Rachel Burns, Lauren Mulholland, Rebecca Johnston, Lauren McGookin, Tara Falkingham, Sarah Caldwell, Alice Hardy and Alex Burns.