Morrow’s late double ends Queen’s 45-year wait

Women’s Irish Junior Cup final
Queens University 3 (J Morrow 2, H Kerr) Loreto 2 (W Byrne, R O’Keefe)

Queen’s University claimed the women’s Irish Junior Cup for the first time since 1971 as Julie Morrow’s late double saw them get the best of Loreto 3-2 at Belfield.

The Belfast side were in control for much of the first half and eventually took the lead late in the half via a super strike from Helen Kerr.

They continued to hold sway for much of the season half but Loreto hung tough with Ruth Murphy, en route to winning player of the match, making a few good stops.

And, from a break out, the Beaufort side equalised from a penalty corner with 12 minutes remaining, Wendy Byrne sweeping home from close range from a smart move.

But parity only lasted a couple of minutes as Julie Morrow restored her side’s lead with six minutes to go. Loreto removed their keeper as they went in search of another equaliser but the plan backfired as Morrow broke through the cover defence and potted into an open goal for a 3-1 lead.

Roisin O’Keeffe got one back in the last minute and Loreto pushed on for the last seconds but Queen’s held on for the victory and just their second Irish Junior Cup crown.

Queen’s University:
L Crooks, L Gamble, K Cochrane, J Morrow, H Kerr, L MacDonnell, R Quinn, A Carson, R Cowden, A Hylands, R McMillan, K Welshman, K Bryans, S McBride, S Wells, N McIlroy, C McIlwaine, C McCluskey, K McIlwaine

R Murphy, L Nagle, S Dolan, C O’Kelly, E Dunne, S Nagle, J White, A-M Byrne, R Conway-Kenny, L O’Leary, R O’Keeffe, C Vincent, L Mellon, R Ryan, S MacMahon, J Andrews, W Byrne, C Murray

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