LHA Shield final
Avoca 2 (H Clark, R Boyce) Glenanne 1 (S Rush)
Rachel Boyce’s penalty corner goal ultimately saw Avoca claim the LHA Shield with a narrow 2-1 win over Glenanne on St Patrick’s Day to complete a memorable day of action at Grange Road.
The clever move past a short-handed defence saw the Blackock side move 2-0 up, adding to Hannah Clark’s earlier effort, and while the Glens got one back via Serena Rush, Avoca held on for the victory.
Glenanne had some of the earlier chances with Kate O’Connor’s corner hit saved well by Danni Cummins while Jessie Meeke’s cross for Hannah Delaney was deflected just wide.
Avoca went ahead from a set piece with Clark applying a nice deflection on the half hour mark to Anna Richardson’s hit. They had a big chance to move further ahead from the stroke spot but Roisin O’Brien saved it well.
But it was only a temporary reprieve as Avoca went 2-0 up through Boyce after Glenanne’s numbers were reduced for breaking the line. The corner was worked around the first two runners on a switch right before returning the ball to Boyce close in and she potted into the right corner.
The Glens got their lifeline when Rush scored with a sweet backhand effort to set up a grandstand final five minutes. Indeed, Avoca had to survive a last second penalty corner but the ball was not stopped and Glenanne were never able to recover composure on the ball as Saoirse O’Donoghue’s shot bounced wide.
Avoca: D Cummins, S Healy, R Boyce, S Richardson, R McAuley, H Lennon, H Clark, A O’Malley, S O’Brien, L Halpin Doyle, A Richardson, S Cannon, E Galloway, A McGuinness, K Rushe, R Norris
Glenanne: R O’Brien, J Meeke, S-J Kelly, K O’Connor, J Rynne, A McCormack, A Kerrison, N Ward Cashman, S Byrne, L Walsh, A Dalton, S O’Dolan, S Rush, S O’Donoghue, H Delaney, S Daly
Umpires: Gill Hohn, Fiona Davitt