Jamie nets winner as Bann clinch Irish Senior Cup

Neal Gilmore and Jamie Wright with the trophy
Neal Gilmore and Jamie Wright with the trophy

Portadown hockey star Jamie Wright was the toast of Banbridge at the weekend after his extra-time goal secured the Irish Senior Cup.

Along with Neal Gilmore and Ross Beattie the Portadown trio helped Banbridge defeat Cork C of I in Sunday’s final to end a 29 year wait for the trophy to return to the town.

Ross Beattie with Neal and Jamie.

Ross Beattie with Neal and Jamie.

Jamie’s first time shot whizzed past the in-form Cork C of I keeper to deliver a winning silver-goal for Bann.

And the man himself found it all hard to take in.

He said: “It was an unbelievable feeling to get the winning goal. I can’t even describe it. I was just speechless when I saw the ball hitting the net.

“It came from a crash ball into Johnny McKee. He did well to touch it on into the circle and I swung on it and it happened to go into the net,” said Jamie.

“I can’t believe it. It’s been such a brilliant first season at Banbridge.

“Cork pushed us all the way. It was a tough game and very tight at the end but we got the win.”

Wright joined the club last summer along with ex-Portadown team-mate Neal Gilmore and the pair have been a key part of Bann’s successes.

Gilmore netted in the semi-final rout to set up the decider and Wright is hoping they can now help their side to a clean sweep.

He said: “This is the one everyone wanted to win but the IHL is still very important to us. We’ll go into another semi-final against Pembroke with a lot of confidence.”

The boys are now hoping to steer Banbridge to even more success as they bid to clinch a clean sweep of all five trophies. On Tuesday night Banbridge secured the Premier League by beating Instonians 3-0. That means the boys have won the Anderson cup, Kirk cup, Irish Senior Cup and Ulster Hockey Premier League. All in their first season at Banbridge. Both Neal and Jamie are former pupils of Portadown College.