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Omagh Academy humbled by Lurgan

Omagh's Jenny Hemphill stays ahead of Lurgan's Tara McElwaine

Omagh’s Jenny Hemphill stays ahead of Lurgan’s Tara McElwaine

Hockey Senior Cup Schools R1

Omagh Academy………..0

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Lurgan College…………5

THERE was bitter disappointment for Omagh Academy 1st XI hockey players who were comprehensively defeated by reigning Ulster and All Ireland champions Lurgan College in the first round of the Senior Schools’ Cup at a blustery Campsie yesterday (Wednesday).

The highly-fancied visitors flew out of the traps with Sammi Bann and Julie Morrow firing Lurgan into a 2-0 lead inside the opening 10 minutes. In truth the Academy girls never really recoverd from that horror start.

Lurgan’s architect-in-chief, captain Hannah Grieve almost scored a third goal a short time later, but she was denied by Omagh keeper, Rachel Armstrong. Another chance soon followed when Grieve created a three on two opportunity but Morrow was quickly closed down by the combined efforts of Armstrong and Academy captain, Laura Kennedy.

In the closing stages of the first half, the Omagh girls gained a foothold in proceedings with Claire McFarland creating space in the visitors D, forcing Naomi Costley into a save and from a short corner on the stroke of half-time, Kennedy shot wide.

Lurgan again started brightly on the resumption of the second half with Bann forcing Armstrong into a save, but after that the Academy girls grew into the game and they started to match the Co Armagh girls all over the pitch.

Disappointingly for the home fans, Morrow ended any chance of a rousing comeback when her reverse stick shot, after more good work from Grieve, flew into the top corner. Further goals followed before the end with Bann and Grieve both adding to the champions tally.

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