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Hockey: Union chase double dream

Railway Union are on course for a rare double after both the men's and women's teams reached Irish Senior Cup semi-finals.

The women took the trip to Ardmore in their stride as they blitzed Armagh 9-0. Zara Delaney finished the game with four to her name as the Sandymount side won through to a semi-final date with UCD.

Meanwhile, the Railway men made the most of home advantage to beat Glenanne 3-0 at Park Avenue with the three goals coming from Rob Abbott, Peter English and Eoghan McArthur.

Pembroke Wanderers completed the cup double back in 1973 and Railway would dearly love to follow in their footsteps. The men have not won the venerable silverware since the 1930s, but the current squad is constantly improving. The women's side have been consistent contenders for national honours of late, but the cup has so far eluded them.

Their last-four opponents UCD took a major scalp, dismissing holders Pegasus after a last-minute deflection from Anna O'Flanagan.

In the other half of the draw, Loreto enjoyed a one-sided 5-0 win over Old Alexandra, while Queen's are the sole remaining Ulster representatives after they beat fellow students Trinity.

Railway are joined in the men's semis by two Ulster teams -- Lisnagarvey and Instonians -- while they have been drawn to play Cork Harlequins.

Irish Independent