Loreto and Pegasus finally set to lock horns

Anticipation has heightened the tension as Loreto are finally set to travel to Pegasus for the highlight of the weekend in the Irish Senior Cup.

The Ulster queen-pins are in the rare position of not leading the Premier League but recent form suggests they are ominous presence with five successive wins meaning they are within one win of overhauling Lurgan after a stick start to the season.

But on the national stage, the guile of Claire McMahon and Suzanne Beaney has not been in doubt, beating international-laden Hermes and Loreto in the IHL already.

The Beaufort side have been functional against the likes of Corinthian and Glenanne – winning 2-1 late on in the Jacqui Potter Cup in midweek – but hit the heights when tested by Hermes. The Glenanne win was left late. Cathy McKean broke the deadlock by Paula Fitzpatrick levelled ten minutes from time to make it a battle.

But McKean won a penalty stroke very late on and Nikki Keegan duly converted for a semi-final place in the competition. That determination, coupled with the quality of Caitriona Tipping and Nikki Symmons will be vital but Nicci Daly will be out with a broken finger.

UCD are competing for a third successive semi-final but they come in off the back of a 2-0 colours‘ defeat at the hands of Trinity in midweek – Eanna Horan scoring both the goals.

They will be slightly strengthened from that panel and will fancy their chances against a Cork Harlequins who have lost a number of players in the past year and are set to relinquish the Munster divison one crown for the first time in 15 years.

Old Alex have the unenviable task of taming Bridget Cleland’s Ballymoney in another high quality battle for a place in the final four. The other tie is in round two, the all-Ulster affair between the Elks and Armagh.

Three division one ties make up the local Saturday schedule – Hermes and Railway hoping to apply some gentle pressure on Loreto ahead of a big game on Monday at Park Avenue. The Beaufort side go to Railway in a top-table six-pointer. Trinity hope to build on that colours‘ win at Pembroke while Hermes face Bray at St Andrew’s.

The women’s Irish Hockey Trophy second round has an interesting match-up with former Irish international Fiona Manning coaching Clontarf against former Irish skipper Bernie Heffernan and national coach George Treacy from Ashton.

ESB Irish Senior Cup, quarter-finals: UCD vs Cork Harlequins, 1pm, Belfield; Old Alex vs Ballymoney, 1.30pm, Milltown
Round Two: Pegasus vs Loreto, 2.30pm, Queens; Ulster Elks vs Armagh, 1pm, UUJ

Women’s Division One (Saturday): Railway Union vs Glenanne, 1.15pm, Park Avenue; Pembroke vs Trinity, 2pm, Serpentine Avenue; Hermes vs Bray, 2.45pm, St Andrew’s
Monday: Railway Union vs Loreto, 8.10pm, Park Avenue

Division Two (Saturday): North Kildare vs Hermes, 11.30, The Maws; Our Lady’s vs Railway Union, 1pm, Terenure; TRL vs Pembroke, 2.15pm, Grange Road; Old Alex vs Muckross, 3.15pm, Milltown
Sunday: North Kildare vs Pembroke, 1.30pm, The Maws

ESB Irish Trophy, round two: Clontarf vs Ashton, 2.30pm, Mount Temple
Round One: Greenisland vs Galway, 2.30pm, UUJ

Women's Leinster Senior Div 1

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April 5, 2018 12:00 am Milltown
Old Alex Avoca

3 - 0

March 24, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Rathgar

2 - 1

March 24, 2018 12:00 am Muckross Park
Muckross Glenanne

2 - 0

March 24, 2018 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Genesis

1 - 1

March 24, 2018 12:00 am The Maws, Kilcock
North Kildare Old Alex

0 - 3

March 24, 2018 12:00 am Terenure
Our Ladys Corinthian

0 - 8

March 10, 2018 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Muckross

1 - 4

March 10, 2018 12:00 am Glenanne Park
Glenanne Old Alex

1 - 5

March 10, 2018 12:00 am The Maws, Kilcock
North Kildare Clontarf

1 - 1

March 10, 2018 12:00 am Terenure
Our Ladys Rathgar

3 - 1

Women's Leinster Senior Div 2

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA Three Rock Ladies

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Beaufort
Loreto II Old Alex II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Merrion Fleet Arena
Monkstown II Bray

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Caragh Road
Naas Pembroke II

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March 24, 2018 12:00 am Belfield
UCD II Railway Union II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Loreto Bray
Bray Old Alex II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Beaufort
Loreto II UCD II

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union II Three Rock Ladies

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Wesley College
YMCA Naas

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March 10, 2018 12:00 am Merrion Fleet Arena
Monkstown II Pembroke II

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