The day had finally arrived where our U16 hockey squad faced their biggest challenge of the season, Craigavon Senior High in the Final at the Antrim Forum.
The conditions couldn’t have been more perfect on Friday 20th March 2015, with the weather being mild and dry. From the whistle it was obvious that Craigavon wanted a win and after putting us under significant pressure in the first half, our defence did well to hold out to a 0-0 at half time.
The pressure didn’t ease up in the second half with Craigavon receiving a number of short corners and eventually scoring. The first goal was disallowed and with ten minutes left to go, they managed to secure a 1-0 lead. Our girls were tiring and regardless of their effort they were unable to close the gap, with the final score being 1-0.
Although disappointed, it was still a great achievement in reaching the final for the second year running. Kelly Crone received the overall Player of Match award.
The squad included: Kelly Crone (GK), Anna-Jael Craig, Katie Cunningham, Toni Smallwood, Emma Gamble, Emma Corbett, Helen Beattie, Julie Weatherup, Nikita Graham, Hazel Nicholson, Amy Baxter, Chloe McGookin, Rebecca Buchanon, Natalie Wallace and Ellie Cooke.