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Semi-final place for Academy.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Semi-final place for Academy. thumbnail Banbridge Academy Girls’ Hockey team secured their place in a Belfast Telegraph Schools’ Cup semi-final after their win against Armagh.

ON Thursday, 8 February the team arrived at Havelock Park at 3.30pm eager and determined to gain victory against the Royal School, Armagh.

They knew this game would be the toughest match so far in their season.

Concentration, determination and excitement were evident among the team during their warmup, as everyone knew they had to play their best to become victorious.

At 5.15pm when the whistle blew and the game commenced, a large crowd cheered on both teams as they played an exciting game of high-quality hockey.

At the five-minute mark the Royal School Armagh was awarded a penalty corner, resulting in the first score of the match.

Undeterred Banbridge Academy kept their composure and worked as a team, drawing on their skills and determination.

They dominated the first half, however despite their hard work, were unable to secure a goal.

Late on in the second half, still in control of the game, they were awarded several penalty corners; still striving for a goal to equalise.

With only three minutes left to play, Nadia Benallal utilised her skills to gain another penalty corner.

Rapidly running out of time, Ellen Reid took control of the ball and rewarded the team's efforts with an equalising goal.

With a quick turnaround, silver goal extra time commenced.

In the last two minutes of play they were awarded another penalty corner.

Everyone watched as the ball hurtled towards the goal, deflected off the first runner and was delivered into the net by Katie, winning them the game and a place in the Schools' Cup semi-final.

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