Upton on song as Institute stretch run to boost promotion push
Catholic Institute continued their remarkable start to the season as they hammered Dungannon 5-2 to record a ninth successive victory in all competitions.
The run has come following the return of inspirational World Cup silver medalist Roisin Upton.
It was their fourth successive win in Division 2 of the EY Hockey League , lifting them above Monkstown and almost assures of a place in the play-offs for promotion.
Upton laid on the pass for Kim Daly to open the scoring before Ciara Moloney added another couple before half-time.
Leah Clery and Upton completed their scoring in the second half before the Ulster side got a couple back in the closing quarter.
The Limerick side are the only side remaining with a perfect record in either group in this newly introduced national competition. It adds to five straight wins in the Munster league.
In Pool A, Trinity beat Galway's Greenfields 6-0 while UCC ended Corinthian's unbeaten run, winning 3-1 at the Mardyke.
On the men's side, with the World Cup players on their way back from India, the focus was on the regional leagues, with UCD making the big impression in Leinster in the battle of the top two.
Ziggy Agnew scored a last-minute winner in a 4-3 success against Corinthian. The students were flying high at 3-1 with David Nolan in excellent form, scoring twice, before the reds fought back.
Ian Stewart got a couple while Andrew Sutton deflected in a corner move but UCD earned a penalty corner which Agnew netted. It lifts them six points clear with a game extra played.