Division Four side Mullingar took a huge leap forward in the Irish Hockey Challenge with a thumping 3-0 win over Omagh at the Youth Sports ground this afternoon.
They go into Monday’s draw to face either on three of Ulster sides: Down – conquerors of Portrane after extra-time – Campbellians or Saintfield, who beat the Gate 2-1.
In the women’s equivalent, two of Leinster’s newer female sides advanced with Divsion 14’s Monkstown, spurred on by Susie Murray, continuing their 100pc record since rejoining the league. Bizarrely, they are going for a tenth successive promotion under the Monkstown banner.
The women’s side to the club last turned out in the 1992 season during the move to Rathdown. They could not afford a levy and so reverted to being Glenageary United before folding. Prior to that, the club had won nine successive promotions. They beat Grosvenor 4-0 and are now in the last eight.
YMCA, meanwhile, beat Newcastle 5-0 – similarly they have raced up to division nine with four successive upgrades. Three more Challenge matches take place tomorrow afternoon before the quarter-final draw takes place.
Elsewhere, Glenanne II became the fifth Leinster side through to the Irish Junior Cup semi-finals with an impressive 4-0 win over Bangor II.
Men’s Irish Hockey Challenge – Round 2
Down 4 Portrane 3 on golden goal; Omagh 0 Mullingar 3; Campbellians 3 Potrush 0; Saintfield 2 St James Gate 1
ESB Irish Hockey Challenge – Round 2
Fermoy 5 Tipperary 1; Athlone 1 Renmore 0; Raphoe 1 Greenfields II 1 (Raphoe won 3-2 on strokes); YMCA 5 Newcastle 0; Monkstown 4 Grosvenor 0
To be played, February 1: Athy v Naas; Clonmel v Mallow; Wexford II v Gorey
Men’s Irish Junior Cup – Round 2
Glenanne II 4 Bangor II 0