Banbridge and Ards secure cup final wins at Lisnagarvey

Stephen Dowds was on target twice for Banbridge against Cookstown
Stephen Dowds was on target twice for Banbridge against Cookstown

Banbridge beat Cookstown 3-1 in the Kirk Cup final on Boxing Day, while Ards saw off Pegasus on penalty flicks in the Ulster Shield decider after the game ended 3-3 after extra-time.

Banbridge secured their 20th Kirk Cup success in atrocious conditions at Lisnagarvey, thanks to goals from Fraser Mills and Stephen Dowds (2).

Ards made it 11 Ulster Shield wins when Naomi McKnight saved four penalties.

Janice Vaughan and Becky Weir scored the decisive penalties for the victors.

Pegasus scored the only goal of the first half when Suzanne Ferris bundled the ball into the back of the net after Ards failed to clear a cross from the left.

Chloe Brown and Emma Reid found the net to put Ards ahead, but Vanessa Surgenor scored a late equaliser to take the game into extra-time.

Taite Doherty nudged Pegasus in front again but Tamara Macleod made it 3-3, before Ards triumphed in the shoot-out.

In the men's final which followed, Mills fired into the bottom corner in the 13th minute and Dowds was on target twice in the opening nine minutes of the second half to take his tally for the season to 47.

Stuart Smyth grabbed a consolation goal for Cookstown.

Ards beat Pegasus on penalty flicks in the Ulster Shield final
Ards beat Pegasus on penalty flicks in the Ulster Shield final

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