THE RAINEY U14 hockey team have reached the semi-final of the Ulster Junior Schools Cup final.
The school, the current holder of the schools cup for the last two years, have now reached the semi-finals for the fourth year in a row. The U14 team beat Limavady Grammar 6-1 and Regent House 1-0 to reach the quarter final against Cookstown final on January 27, at Cookstown.
Cookstown High started very strongly with great attacking play against a very nervous looking Rainey side. After some great passing and strong runs, Cookstown took apart the Rainey defence to go 1-0 ahead with a great strike from the top circle.
The Rainey then started to play better more fluent hockey. A good attacking Nicola Sargent resulted in an Emma McClure deflection under pressure and some good attacking play from Rachel Burns was rewarded with a short corner. A great strike from Tori Hastings was really well saved by the Cookstown goalkeeper but Rachel Stewart was in for the rebound which was again saved by the goalie, only for Niamh Scullion to put it away and put the Rainey ahead 2-1 on the half time whistle.
The second have saw Cookstown apply more pressure for the Rainey defence of Rachel Stewart, Roisin Heaney, Brennah McCloy, Cathy Holmes, Karen Lennox, Aimee Stockman and Chloe Duncan but the girls remained calm and held strong to frustrate the Cookstown attacks.
Another great attack from Kirsty McLarnon saw Nicola Sargent break through and score a great individual goal to make it 3-1.
The girl must now wait for the result of Ballymena Academy v Ballyclare High School to see who they face in the semi final.
Rainey U14 team; Chloe Duncan, Rebecca Johnston, Rachel Stewart, Roisin Heaney, Cathy Holmes, Karen Lennox, Aimee Stockman, Brennah McCloy, Sarah Caulfield, Nicola Sargent, Tori Hastings, Kirsty McLarnon, Niara Walls, Niamh Scullion, Emma McClure, Rachel Burns.