Wallace girls’ Cup run comes to an end on the smurf turf

After knocking out holders Lurgan College in the previous round, the Wallace High School girls crashed out of the Schools’ Cup in the quarters.

They went down narrowly, 2-1 to Ballyclare High School after a tight match on the smurf turf on Saturday morning.

Wallace High School in action against Ballyclare in last Saturday's quarter final of the Schoolgirls' Cup. US1506-523cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Wallace High School in action against Ballyclare in last Saturday's quarter final of the Schoolgirls' Cup. US1506-523cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Hopes of progression to the semis were high, particularly after the hosts took an early lead with a splendid goal from Year 12 student Jasmine Kirkwood.

However, Ballyclare soon equalised and subsequently took the lead to secure a final 2-1 victory. The Ballyclare High team can boast a full international player and Wallace’s spirited play produced the smallest margin of victory for Ballyclare throughout the tournament and indeed the season.

Speaking after the match Team Manager Mrs Louise MacDonnell said: “This is a very young team with the majority of players in Year 12. We believe the future looks bright for Wallace hockey and we are delighted with our new pitch which has really added immensely to our school facilities.”

Mrs Maggie Hunter (Team Coach), whose distinguished international career is an inspiration to the Wallace girls, said: “The girls were, as always, a credit to themselves, their families and the school. Games are won and lost on very small margins but we are very proud of our performance in the tournament.

Wallace High School in action against Ballyclare in the quarter final of the Schoolgirls' Cup. US1506-524cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Wallace High School in action against Ballyclare in the quarter final of the Schoolgirls' Cup. US1506-524cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

“We wish Ballyclare High all the very best for the semi-final and we are already looking forward to next year’s Schools’ Cup.”

A fan takes photos as Wallace High School takes on Ballyclare in the quarter final of the Schoolgirls' Cup. US1506-531cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson

A fan takes photos as Wallace High School takes on Ballyclare in the quarter final of the Schoolgirls' Cup. US1506-531cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson