Sunday 25 September 2016

Loreto ladies seal EY berth

Published 25/04/2016 | 02:30

Young players at the launch of The EY Hockey League Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile
Young players at the launch of The EY Hockey League Photo: Cody Glenn / Sportsfile

The women of Loreto and men of Belfast Instonians will be playing national EY League hockey next season after emerging victorious from yesterday's play-offs at Grange Road.

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After a scoreless opening half against Belfast Harlequins, Leinster champions Loreto moved up a gear in the second half when Ali Meeke hooked a shot back into the net despite facing away from goal.

Loreto then went two up as Kate Crotty finished off a penalty corner.

In the men's decider, Jeremy Duncan put UCD ahead but James Corry levelled, and Instonians kicked on with goals from William Robinson and John Watson .

Yesterday's losing sides will have a last-gasp chance of promotion as they play the second-from-bottom sides in the EY Hockey Leagues in Banbridge next weekend - Harlequins against UCC and UCD against Cookstown.

Irish Independent

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