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Railway Union earned themselves and Ireland promotion back up to European club indoor hockey's second tier thanks to their second place finish at the Challenge I event in Porto.

In the end, Saturday's 3-1 win over Swansea proved critical as Kate Dillon's double and a penalty corner rebound from Holly Jenkinson put them in the frame for one of the two promotion spots. It backed up earlier wins over Sweden's Partille and Portugal's Viso while two goals in the last four minutes against Georgia's Kutaisi ended up crucial in earning a 2-2 draw.

They carried the points from that draw into the promotion pool, all meaning that their final match yesterday against Dundee Wanderers was a title decider.

As it was, the Scots proved too experienced on the boards with Vikki Bunce netting twice in a 2-0 result. Nonetheless, Railway picked up a losing bonus point, putting them out of range of Swansea for second place.

As 2020 National Indoor Trophy champions, the Sandymount club will avail of that promotion spot and look forward to playing at an elevated level 12 months from now.

On home turf, Old Alex became the third different side to lead the women's EYHL in the past fortnight thanks to a 2-0 win over Muckross.

That is because UCD drew 1-1 with Loreto while under-staffed Pegasus were beaten by Catholic Institute for the first time in the Limerick club's 110-year history. It was well merited as a second half surge saw Laura Foley, Roisin Upton and Naomi Carroll all score for a 4-2 victory.

In the men's competition, Monkstown cut Lisnagarvey's lead to five points with a 5-1 win over Corinthian. Garvey were not in action due to a postponement of their date with Annadale.

Three Rock Rovers strengthened their place in the top four with a 2-2 draw against Banbridge on Saturday before beating UCD 2-1 yesterday afternoon.

Irish Independent