Railway retention hopes challenged by Armagh

Railway Union kept their ESB women’s National Indoor Trophy retention hopes alive as they held 2008 champions Galway at bay.

Kate Dillon’s double, one from Cecelia Joyce and an excellently worked Lisa McCarthy strike put them into a 4-0 lead entering the closing stages. Emma Glanville scored two late goals to threaten a late comeback but they were unable to close the gap further, missing out 4-2.

They will play tournament newcomers Armagh in the final as they had too much firepower for Trinity in the second semi-final, running up a 4-2 win.

Lucy McKee’s early corner was cancelled out by Eanna Horan’s fortuitous effort but Scarlett Holdsworth and Amy Stewart built a 3-1 lead. During this time, they students let a penalty stroke slip through their fingers but did close the gap early in the second half through Rachel Scott.

Emma Stewart, Armagh’s driving force, was yellow carded for dissent but the Ulster side survived her absence with their lead intact and enjoyed a more comfortable closing six minutes as Trinity received a red card for dissent. McKee scored her second to settle the tie and reached this evening’s final (4.15pm, National Basketball Arena).

Women’s National Indoor semi-final results: Railway Union 4 (Kate Dillon 2, Cecelia Joyce, Lisa McCarthy) Galway 2 (Emma Glanville 2); Armagh 4 (Lucy McKee 2, Scarlett Holdsworth, Amy Stewart) Trinity 2 (Eanna Horan, Rachel Scott)

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