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Omagh relishing new year challenges after cup win

OMAGH Ladies captain Lyndsey McCay has set her sights on more success in 2019 after her team secured an historic cup win over Raphoe Ladies at Stormont on Saturday.

Omagh captured the Senior One League Cup for the first time ever after second half goals by Emma Shortt and Aimee Buchanan saw off their plucky opponents to end a memorable year on the a real high.

2018 will live long in the memory of everyone connected with the club. In August club members watched on in awe as former player as Shirley McCay claimed silver with Ireland at the World Cup, in November members celebrated 80 years of hockey in the Omagh area at a gala function and, on the back of Ireland’s heroics, the club’s youth section has gone from strength to strength.

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Omagh are currently riding high at the top of Senior League One and have also reached the last eight of the Irish Hockey Trophy. Into the bargain the club’s second string are top of the pile in Junior League Two.

Saturday’s momentous cup win was the proverbial icing on the Christmas cake in 2018 but McCay, Shirley’s younger sister, wants more in the new year.

“We’d love to go on and try and do the double by winning the league,” she said.

“Why not make it a treble, we have the quarter-final of the Irish Hockey Trophy at the end of January. It would be nice to do all three!”

Those new year challenges though can wait for another day. On Saturday McCay was happy to reflect on a job well done and was quick to heap praise on her players.

Despite the showpiece decider being scoreless at half-time, the skipper felt the skill and fitness of the club’s younger players, in particular, would see them come out on top.

“It’s all a wee bit surreal at the minute,” she added.

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“We don’t usually come out on the right side of these games. It’s great to be on the winning side for a change.

“Everyone played so well from the start. Maybe it took us a wee while to get into it but we showed real fight and belief in the second half. We really wanted this.

“We have a lot of youth in our side, they have fitness and skill in abundance. They tend to do well under pressure and playing in front of big crowd didn’t faze them in the slightest. They were well up for it.”

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