Ulster Elks Make History
Ulster Elks have lifted the Irish Senior Cup for the first time in the club’s history. The final against Dublin side, Hermes, was won by a solitary 30th minute goal from Áine Curran.
Hermes has recently been crowned Leinster champions and was hoping to secure their fourth trophy of the season. The Ulster Elks went into the game as the underdogs but came out victorious with a superb team performance.
Ulster Elks started the game with Megan Frazer terrorising the Hermes’ defence before dropping back into midfield after Áine Curran’s volley gave the Elks the lead. Once they took the lead, the Elks held Hermes in their own half and continued to attack. The defenders also played their part defending well when they were called upon but there were few moments when Ulster Elks were under pressure.
“We were not made to defend too often and I think our front six had a big role to play in that, keeping Hermes pinned back in their own half. There were one or two occasions that we needed to be alert in defence. Rebecca Davidson made a great save from a penalty corner and Danielle McNally made a wonderful diving tackle near the end.” said Head Coach Ricky Lee.
The Ulster Elks were further strengthened by the return of Stephanie Jameson, Canada’s most capped player, who made her first appearance of 2015 for the Ulster Elks.
Although the score line was close, the Ulster Elks were on top of their game and ran up 11 penalty corners but were unable to convert the chances. Hermes goalkeeper Emma Gray was on form throughout the game ensuring the Elks did not increase their lead.
“Despite the score line it was a one sided game and I felt we would get one or two more. The last 5 minutes were tense as they threw everything at us and the atmosphere became quite frantic. If it had been another game we would’ve been disappointed with not scoring more. However, we need to give their goalkeeper, Emma Gray, credit, she is the Irish Senior GK and had a great game pulling off some great stops.” said Ricky Lee.
Irish international, Megan Frazer was awarded player of the match for her brilliant input to the game but a strong team performance won the Irish Senior Cup for the Ulster Elks.
Congratulations to all involved in the team.
Article by Emma Ryan