Brilliant Harlequins fightback means the Irish Senior Cup is coming to Cork for the first time since 2000

Brilliant Harlequins fightback means the Irish Senior Cup is coming to Cork for the first time since 2000
Picture: Adrian Boehm

COMEBACK kings Liverpool and Spurs managed it last week in the Champions League and hockey aces Harlequins came from 2-0 down on Saturday to win the Irish Senior Cup.

At half-time, they were in a bit of trouble and struggling. They hadn’t played badly but a more experienced Loreto side were that bit more ruthless in front of goal, hitting a double

Quins looked nervous early on but that was no great surprise really as they had six schoolgirls in their side.

But whatever their coach, Darren Collins, said at half time it worked. Being a Liverpool fan maybe he took some inspiration from the Merseysiders’ comeback in the Champions League semi-final. After the break Quinns dominated, inspired by the likes of Emma Barber, Olivia Roycroft, Julia O’Halloran and Michelle Barry.

They managed to get the game back to 2-2, to a shoot-out.

Then Collins made another big call changing his ’keeper for the shoot-out. Lorna Bateman had played the first half and was replaced by Becky Maye for the second-half. This was known in advance so was no great surprise on the day as both keepers have been playing well.

But he made the call to go back to Bateman for the shoot-out and she stopped four, whilst Quins scored two, to see the Irish Senior Cup back on Leeside for the first time since 2000.

Picture: Adrian Boehm
Picture: Adrian Boehm

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