Kate Dillon (pictured) produced a fiery masterclass for Railway Union as they claimed their first ever national title, taking the National Indoor Trophy with a 7-4 win over Hermes at the NBA this evening.
Their speed on the turnover was the key factor as they controlled the game, restricting Hermes to sporadic breaks and few corners, to generally control the tie.
They led from pillar to post as Dillon notched up five goals, setting them on their way in the sixth second when she stole the Hermes push-back to score from the right of the circle.
Jenny Burke levelled soon after but Dillon completed her hat-trick a minute into the second half from the game’s first corner. Isobel Joyce made it 4-1 from play two minutes later but Burke struck back instantly, precipitating the first time out of the competition in the 24th minute with the tie poised at 4-2.
Dillon restored the three-goal margin soon after from a corner, second phase which Aine Connery had initially blocked brilliantly but the Hermes woman was on the mark herself in the 27th minute, scrambling home from the centre of the circle.
But Hannah de Burgh-Whyte, taking over the corner duties from Dillon, scored at the second attempt to make it 6-4 and Dillon sealed the title in style with her fifth goal of the tie in the final minute to lift the newly inaugurated Trophy, donated by the MMI Group.
Final: Railway Union 7 (Kate Dillon 5, Hannah de Burgh-Whyte, Isobel Joyce) Hermes 4 (Jenny Burke 3, Aine Connery)
Railway Union: Claire Oubelaide, Isobel Joyce, Kate Dillon, Holly Jenkinson, Claire McGarity, Kate McKenna
Subs: Eimear Dolan, Lisa McCarthy, Hannah de Burgh-Whyte, Ruth Hutchinson, Sarah McDonald, Nicola Evans
Hermes: Emma Gray, Fiona Connery, Aine Connery, Jenny Burke, Elaine O’Neill, Christine Quinlan
Subs: Aoife McCarthy, Aoife Harte, Aisling Keane, Michaela McMullan
* For more of Tristan Seaton-Stedham’s photos of the title presentation, click here