Schoolgirls Hockey:- Ursuline Juniors In Cup Final

Munster Senior ‘B’ League Rockwell College, Cashel: 1

Munster Senior ‘B’ League

Rockwell College, Cashel: 1

Ursuline Convent, Thurles: 0

Unluckily beaten in the Cup at semi-final stage, Rockwell were in no mood to tarnish their successful league run on home ground. Four minutes after the push off Ursulines were stunned, when a former pupil of their school, Kate Heffernan finished off a rapid movement into the circle, with what was to be the only goal of the match. Buoyed up by his good fortune Rockwell looked as if they were going to swamp their visitors. Forcing short corners in the 10th and 15th minutes. But the Ursuline defence superbly led by Darielle Ronan and Róisin Leahy cleared their lines but before drawing breath Rockwell were on the go again with Edel Cummins in full flight. Edel another former Ursuline pupil was a thorn in Ursulines side all day and the one to feel it most was Ursuline midfielder, Ciara Commins, her sister who spent most of the game back in defence, such was the intensity of the Rockwell offensive movements. Keeper Susie Williams’ boots saved Ursuline blushes in the 23rd and 25th minutes.

Ursulines had parity in the last five minutes of this first period with Laura Booth, Jenny Kelly and Ciara herself moving up into attack. But Rockwell with their speed and pace saw off all threats and held on grimly to their one nil lead. Ursulines had a good third quarter, but committing so many to defence left them short of numbers up field when attacks were set up, with two and three players at times taking on six and more. Naturally, no joy there for the Thurles girls. As play moved into the last quarter Rockwell attacked with renewed vigour and forced corners in the 20th minute and 22nd minutes. Desperate times for Ursulines, but good fortune was on hand as Roísín and Ciara in turn denied the College girls who had another corner in the 25th minute but Susie’s boot again saved the day. As the game entered the last two minutes a final surge up field by Ciara almost brought the equaliser, but as the final whistle sounded, Rockwell were the ones to collect the match points after a brilliant game that ebbed and flowed like the tide.

Ursulines: Susie Williams (Keeper), Alice McDonnell (Capt.), Roisín Leahy, Darielle Ronan, Susie Hanly, Laura Booth, Louise Barlow, Ciara Cummins, Áine Phelan, Jenny Kelly, Heather Casey, Aoife Roche, Patricia Hayes, Moya Foley.

Munster Junior ‘B’ Cup semi-final

More match reports in this week’s Tipperary Star.