Three of the eight ties in the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup went to shoot-outs with Railway Union, Queen’s and Muckross prevailing on a thrilling day of action on Saturday.
There was little between Railway and Loreto in the EY Hockey League in September, and so it proved once again.
After a goalless draw, the Park Avenue outfit produced a flawless shoot-out with Sarah Hawkshaw and Orla Fox converting, while goalkeeper Riona Norton kept out three efforts, thereby setting the stage for Lily Lloyd to clinch the contest 3-0.
Queen’s got a pre-Intervarsities pick-me-up as they came from a goal down to draw with UCC and then go through in another shoot-out.
The Cork side led 2-1 thanks to goals from Nikki Barry and Emma O’Sullivan, but Jessica McMaster forced a shoot-out for Queen’s. Rebecca Quinn scored the decisive goal in the 4-1 win in the shoot-out to send Queen’s through to the last eight.
Ulster Premier side Lisnagarvey came closest to a shock in their tie with Muckross, with the EY Hockey League side edging the shoot-out 3-2 after a goalless draw. Laura Murray hit the post as Lisnagarvey gave Muckross a scare. Sophie Barnwell, Becky McMullen and Julia Balcerzak netted for the side from Donnybrook in the shoot-out.
Lucy Mackey scored twice to send Banbridge through to the quarter-finals for a second successive campaign with a 3-1 win at Glenanne.
UCD got the better of Old Alex in a 2-1 victory. After a tight first half, Katherine Egan broke the deadlock in the third quarter and Sophia Cole’s penalty stroke put the students two up. Deirdre Duke got one back in the closing minutes, but it was not enough to save Old Alex.
Elsewhere, there were comfortable wins for Pegasus, Pembroke and Catholic Institute. Lucy McKee’s double helped Pegs see off a stubborn Ulster Elks 3-0. Róisín Upton set the ball rolling for Insta with her corner, followed up by goals from Laura Foley, Naomi Carroll, Leah Clery and Christine O’Shea in a 5-0 win over Corinthian.
Sally Campbell scored twice as Pembroke beat Cork Harlequins 5-0 at Farmers’ Cross with Sally Campbell scoring twice.
Raphoe were the big winners in the Irish Hockey Trophy, as the Donegal side scored six in Bray, with Arlyne Kilpatrick netting twice.