RAILWAY Union ended Ards’ incredible run in hockey’s women’s National Indoor Hockey Trophy as they ran up a 6-1 final success over the eight in-a-row chasing Ulster side.
In so doing, they won the crown for the first time since 2010 and assured themselves of a place in Europe in 2020.
Orla Fox was hugely influential throughout and made her presence felt in a dream start. Inside 25 seconds, she burst forward down the right boards, slipping under her arm to Isobel Joyce who finished off.
In the fifth minute, Fox again was on the rampage, breaking in between a couple of tackles and drawing a foul for their first corner. She slotted her shot for a 2-0 lead.
And it got even better for Railway when Lily Lloyd wriggled free and tested Naomi McKnight. The goalkeeper saved but Anna May When was on hand to rebound for 3-0 in the seventh minute.
Francesca Brown got one back for Ards but Railway raced away in the second half with further goals from Whelan and twins Isobel and Cecelia Joyce.