Ulster clubs enjoy Irish Senior Cup success at Belfield

Ulster Elks celebrate
Ulster Elks players run to congratulate their match-winner Aine Curran

Ulster Elks and Banbridge made it a double Irish Senior Cup success for Ulster sides at Belfield on Sunday.

Aine Curran scored the only goal of the game on the half hour as the Elks secured their maiden Irish Senior Cup title by defeating Hermes.

In the men's final, Jamie Wright struck two minutes into silver goal extra-time to end Banbridge's 29-year wait for the men's title by beating Cork C of I 2-1.

Stephen Dowds scored the opener, with Stephen Sweetnam levelling for Cork.

Wright thrashed the ball home from mid-circle for the winner.

The win adds to Banbridge's Anderson and Kirk Cup successes and they could yet add the Ulster Premier League and Irish Hockey League crowns in the near future as part of an amazing season.

Ulster Elks ended Hermes' hopes of securing a quadruple of trophy successes this season.

The Ulster club had only once previously reached the final and Irish skipper Megan Frazer led the charge, first from centre forward, before dropping into midfield once the lead had been taken.

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