Men’s Leinster Division One/Two promotion/relegation playoff
UCD 4 (Shane O’Donoghue, Patrick Shanahan, David Watkins, Shane Nolan) Suttonians 0
Division one’s supremacy in the promotion/relegation playoff continues as UCD got the better of Suttonians, denying the north Dublin side for a second time in this shoot-out. It was far less fraught than the extra-time battle of a couple of years ago, though, as UCD overcame a couple of early jitters – including a disallowed Sutton corner strike to run out comfortable winners.
That effort was hit high into the net inside the opening ten minutes and the Belfielders did not look back once they hit the front at Serpentine Avenue via Irish international Shane O’Donoghue.
It came from their first corner, cleanly striking a reverse into the backboard from a rebound. Patrick Shanahan made it 2-0 at the second time of asking with a neat reverse-stick flick after his initial shot was saved.
Into the second half, David Watkins made it three with a touch to Ben Dobson’s crash ball after Rob Anderson turned over possession and the result was complete with a quarter still to play as skipper Shane Nolan guided home an O’Donoghue effort.
For UCD, it concluded a season which saw Intervarsities and Colours annexed as well as reaching a first ever cup final – December’s Neville Cup decider – but the ninth place student hoodoo continued for another year but they had too much quality to see their top tier status remain.
Irish Junior Cup semi-finals round-up
A brilliant first half performance saw Corinthian II reach their third ever Irish Junior Cup final as they go in search of their first title win following their 3-2 win over reigning champions Lisnagarvey.
As he did in the quarter-final, Clive Hennessy fired home a corner double while skipper Adrian Missen (pictured below, courtesy of Iain White) was also on the mark as the reds led 3-0 at half-time before ’Garvey fought back in the second half.
Stuart McNeice and Robert Cumins pulled back a pair of goals and the Ulster side applied plenty of pressure, winning nine corners, but could not get past Jakim Bernsden again to see Corinthian into the final.
They will play Cookstown next Sunday at Belfield (3.30pm) after the Coolnafranky men ousted Ulster Junior 1 leaders Banbridge on penalties in the other semi-final.
On the women’s side, it will be an all-Leinster affair as the top two in division two will showdown once more for silverware with Pembroke II seeking revenge on Loreto II.
Pembroke got the better of Hermes in a cracker as they got a golden goal victory, 3-2. Susan Ryan struck twice while Lorraine Horgan was also on the mark in the success and they go forth to a final of the competition they have won seven times from the seven times they have reached the final.
Standing in their way are Loreto who also have a 100pc record from their four IJC final appearances – most recently in 2005 when they beat Old Alex. Something has to give when they meet on Sunday at 1.15pm.
The Beaufort side had an easier passage through, winning 6-1 against Cork C of I with Hayley Mulcahy carrying her U-21 interpro form forward with a brace while Sarah Scott also bagged a double.
Men’s Irish Junior Cup semi-finals: Cookstown 2 (Graeme Black, Mark Wilson) Banbridge 2 (Doug Anderson, Niall Kelly), Cookstown win 4-2 on strokes; Corinthian 3 (Clive Hennessy 2, Adrian Missen) Lisnagarvey 2 (Stuart McNeice, Robert Cummins)
Electric Ireland Women’s Irish Hockey League, semi-finals: Pembroke 3 (Susan Ryan 2, Lorraine Horgan) Hermes 2 (Aoife Harte, Daragh Burke), after extra time; Loreto 6 (Sarah Scott 2, Hayley Mulcahy 2, Phoebe Lyons, Stephanie Hall) Cork C of I 1 (Emma Dobson)