Quinn and McConnell see off Wallace

Ballyclare High School's Megan Quinn in action against Wallace's Nicola McIlroy. Photo: Presseye
Ballyclare High School's Megan Quinn in action against Wallace's Nicola McIlroy. Photo: Presseye

In what was a successful sporting week for Ballyclare High, four of its hockey teams made it through to the semi-finals of their respective cup competitions.

The 1st XI clinched a thrilling 2-1 victory against Wallace to move into the last four of the Senior Schools’ Cup.

It was a quietly determined start for Ballyclare and the first half play was largely in their favour, but they could not find the back of the net.

One short corner opportunity and plenty of pressure met a very solid Wallace defence who held firm. Indeed, it was Wallace who took their only real chance in front of goal in this half to go 1-0 up just before the break.

Ballyclare started the second half brightly and the equaliser came after the second of two consecutive Ballyclare short corners, Megan Quinn slotting her own rebound home.

Playing more like the fast and free-flowing side they are, Ballyclare pressed on and were soon rewarded with a second goal from open play with Rebecca McConnell edging them in front.

In the dying embers of the game, a short corner awarded to Wallace gave the home side a final chance to save the match but the ball was safely cleared.

Meanwhile, the U14 A team march on with a 2-0 win against Friends in their Junior Schools’ Cup quarter-final, while the 2BXI beat Armagh on penalty strokes to move into the semi-finals of the Gibson Cup.

In the McDowell Cup, the 2nd XI reached the last four thanks to a 2-0 win against Lurgan College.