IT COULD be double delight for Omagh Ladies 1st XI this weekend when the local side locks horns with Queen’s Seconds in the final of the McConnell Shield at Stormont this afternoon.
Last week the Ladies won their final two league games to force a promotion league play-off with Victorians which was scheduled to be played in Cookstown on Tuesday evening .
However the play-off decider was cancelled at the eleventh hour. Belfast Harlequins’ 4-1victory over UCC in the Womens’s EY Hockey League promotion-relegation play-off means some restructuring of the leagues may be required for next season.
That could well mean that Omagh will gain promotion from Senior League Two without having to complete their play-off. A decision was expected yesterday (Friday).
Despite the uncertainty over their league status, the Omagh players have been focusing solely on today’s showpiece final against a Queen’s outfit which could well be bolstered by the inclusion of first team squad personnel.
Omagh reached the final by defeating Belfast Harlequins Seconds 2-1 thanks a silver goal from veteran attacker Anne Young and the stage is now set for a fascinating showdown.
Omagh player Lyndsey McCay said she and her team-mates were relishing the challenge ahead.
“It’ll be tough, that’s for sure,” she said.
“Given our league positions, on paper we should be slight favourites but factoring in the strength of Queen’s as a club then I don’t think any team can be considered favourites.
“It could be anybody’s game.”
Omagh go into the cup decider on the back of late winning sequence that has transformed their season.
McCay, younger sister of seasoned Irish international Shirley, agreed that winning the McConnell Shield would be the icing on the cake in what has turned into a productive campaign.
“We had quite a few matches postponed because of the weather and in playing catch up we put together a good run. We won all those games to finish second,” she continued.
“We’re on a bit of winning streak, the players are quietly confident, it’s a one-off and at the end of the day we have nothing to lose.
“There are no real stars in this team, it’s very much a collective effort.”
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