Shoot-out drama as Sion reach first Irish Cup Final

The Sion Swifts team which reached the Electric Ireland Irish Cup FInal.

Sion Swifts Ladies…………….1
Crusaders Strikers………….1
(Sion win 9-8 on penalties)
CATHERINE Hyndman displayed nerves of steel at Stangmore Park on Monday night when she slotted home the winning penalty to send Sion Swifts Ladies into their maiden Electric Ireland Women’s Irish Cup final at the expense of Crusaders Strikers.
The teams had finished normal and extra-time level on a goal apiece, which meant a penalty shoot-out was required. And what a shoot-out it proved to be, with Sion edging home 9-8 after a thrilling finish to a fiercely contested encounter.
Deserving player-of-the-match Kendra McMullan put the Swifts ahead in the first half, before Crues skipper, Julie Nelson levelled with a free kick in the second.
With neither team able to find the net again for the remainder of the match, including in extra-time, despite the woodwork being rattled at both ends, a penalty shoot-out was required.
Surprisingly, Nelson missed the first spot kick of the night before Swifts scored four on the trot to lead 4-3. 
However, the Crues’ fifth was missed to set up sudden death and the Tyrone side’s two youngest penalty takers, 16-year-old Amy Boyle-Carr and Ciana Brogan (17), who both scored. 
After Heather Means failed to convert, Hyndman slotted home the winner to send the Swifts into their first ever Irish Cup final, much to the delight of manager, Tommy Canning.
“We’re buzzing,” he beamed. “That was our fourth time in an Irish Cup semi and we’d never won one before. We’d never broke through that barrier so it was important to get through. It was important for the girls to have all their hard work rewarded. Thankfully it was our night.”

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