UCD claimed the title of Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup Champions today with a 3-2 win over Loreto in an exciting end to a great second half.
The game started off with the students dominating early play making the majority of inroads to the circle but Louisa Healy in goals for Loreto stood strong until UCD executed a text book penalty corner piece in the 10th minute.
UCD switched the ball back to the injector for Niamh Atcheler to sweep it in close by the post.
UCD continued to dominate the match while Loreto struggled to find rhythm. Against the run of play, Loreto secured an equaliser in the 35th minute with a penalty corner conversion from Hannah Matthews.
They then came out in the second half looking much more in tune and immediately began attacking with some great work by Nicci Daly.
Loreto's eager start paid off just three minutes into the second half when Cathy McKean and Nicci Daly combined to set up a lovely two on one, beating Stella Davis in goals to go 2-1 up.
UCD fought hard and just seconds after Nikki Keegan's deft touch, which was denied by the post, they were in a goalmouth scramble which allowed Rachel O'Reilly to get on the end and level the sides at 2-2.
Just as extra-time was looming, Watkins and O'Flanagan combined to create a perfect two on one to make it 3-2, leaving Loreto hearts broken for the second time in eight days.