Saturday 21 September 2019

Late O'Donnell strike ensures share of spoils for Pembroke

 

Loreto fell behind Pegasus, who left it late to beat Muckross 3-1. Stock image
Loreto fell behind Pegasus, who left it late to beat Muckross 3-1. Stock image

Stephen Findlater

Pembroke denied Loreto the Christmas number one spot in the very last second before the winter break, as Hayley O'Donnell whipped home for a 2-2 draw in the women's EY Hockey League.

She did so while wearing a fluorescent orange 'kicking-back' bib, stepping in as an additional outfielder in place of goalkeeper Iseult Cambay for the last few minutes in a desperate chase for something from the tie.

And the gamble paid dividends for the Dublin 4 club. They trailed 2-0 going into the final quarter to Sarah Clarke and Siofra O'Brien efforts, but got a lifeline when Laura Noble got her third goal in two games and O'Donnell then took her penalty-corner chance.

Loreto fell behind Pegasus, who left it late to beat Muckross 3-1, Alex Speers and Michelle Harvey scoring in the last 10 minutes to take the spoils and top spot with it.

Shock

On the men's side, YMCA were the one victim of an Irish Senior Cup shock of sorts, as they were beaten 2-1 at Ulster Premier League side Kilkeel.

Cork C of I survived a shoot-out to eliminate Leinster league side UCD. David Nolan had given the students the lead from a penalty stroke, but Jonny Bruton salvaged a 1-1 draw. John Jermyn applied the winning the touch in the shoot-out for a place in the last eight.

Corinthian spushed Banbridge close at Whitechurch Park, Davy Howard's corner goal keeping them in the mix before a double from Jonny McKee made the game safe, 3-1 to the Co Down side.

Elsewhere, Three Rock Rovers, Pembroke, Lisnagarvey and Cookstown eased through to the next round, with wins over Annadale, Clontarf, Kilkenny and Belfast Harlequins respectively.

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