Genesis remain the only Leinster side left in either the men’s or women’s Irish Hockey Trophys as they advanced thanks to a win at Ballymena on penalty strokes. The Dun Laoghaire side struck the post once in normal time but were thankful to Mount Anville schoolgirl Becky Vaughan in nets who pulled off a series of excellent saves.
Laura Barry, Gena Cotter, Caroline Kelly and Claire Stewart held their nerve to win 4-3 on strokes. Three Rock Ladies, however, fell to an impressive Catholic Institute. Lou Dungan gave the Grange Road side an early lead but a brilliantly worked corner was slammed home by Rosemary Pratt.
Underage star Naomi O’Carroll thought she had given Institute the win late in normal time with a sweet reverse volley but play was brought back for a corner from an earlier infringement.
But the Limerick girls’ were not to be denied and Pratt scored an absolute peach on her reverse after a mazy run to win the game in extra-time. Elsewhere, the Ulster Elks and Cookstown join Genesis and Catholic Institute in the quarter-finals.
In the men’s junior cup, four Leinster sides booked quarter-final slots with Glenanne having to wait. Their game with Bangor was off today amid the squalls. Further up the Dublin mountains, YMCA edged out Three Rock in a very tight battle.
Shane O’Donnell fired a corner rebound home for a 1-0 half-time lead before Shane Madeley netted an unstoppable drag-flick to level. YM had the best of the chances, Phil Powderly managing to hit both posts with one shot but no dividing goal was forthcoming, meaning extra-time.
Jacob Webber, though, took just a couple of minutes to seal the deal, crashing home a fantastic aerial after a corner broke down.
Pembroke had an easy 8-0 win over Railway while Corinthian had a much toughter task in West Cork, nicking a 1-0 win over Bandon. Monkstown beat Civil Service 6-1. Weston, however, were hit for 13 by C of I, getting a dozen before Karl Taylor’s stroke pulled one back. Richie Dorman got five with Roger Gray netting four times.
On the women’s side, Alex struck twice after the break to beat Three Rock Ladies 2-0 while Hermes were the only other Leinster winners – 5-1 over Randalstown. UCD went out to Galway with Loreto and Trinity’s game off.
In the Irish Hockey Challenge, Phoenix Park’s opening game against Grosvenor was abandoned but Naas were 2-1 victors in Newry. In the men’s competition, St James Gate and Mullingar – after a strokes win, following a 3-3 cracker – made it through to round two.
ESB Irish Hockey Trophy (w) Quarter Finals
Ulster Elks 6 Ashton 0; Cookstown 2 Priorians 1; Three Rock Ladies 1 Catholic Institute 2; Ballymena 0 Genesis 0, Genesis won on 4-3 on strokes
ESB Irish Junior Cup (w) Round 2;
Three Rock Ladies II 0 Old Alex II 2; Galway II 2 UCD II 1; Pegasus II 1 Cork Harlequins II 2; Armagh II w/o QUB II scr; Randalstown II 1 Hermes II 5; Loreto II OFF Dublin University II
Sunday 18th: Cork C of I II v Ashton II
Men’s Irish Junior Cup, Round 2;
Bandon II 0 Corinthian II 1; Cookstown II 6 Lisnagarvey II 2; Three Rock Rovers II 1 YMCA 2 aet; Glenanne II OFF Bangor II; Monkstown II 6 NICS II 1; Pembroke II 8 Railway Union II 0; Weston II 1 Cork C of I II 13; Instonians II 2 Raphoe II 2 (Raphoe win 4-3 on strokes)
ESB Irish Hockey Challenge (w)Round 1
Grovesnor ABANDONED Phoenix Park; Newry 1 Naas 2; Clonmel OFF Enniscorthy; Kilkenny 0 Mallow 1; Dungarvan 2 Gorey 3; Athlone 2 Enniskillen 1
Men’s Irish Hockey Challenge, Round 1
Omagh 4 SBPP 2; Mullingar 3 PSNI 3, Mullingar win 5-3 on stroles; East Antrim 0 St James Gate 2
* More pictures from the Three Rock vs Catholic Institute game, click here