Women’s Irish Senior Cup ties go down to the wire

Late drama abounded in the women’s Irish Senior Cup as both UCD and Railway Union netted in the closing stages of their ties to nab narrow wins over Ards and Hermes, respectively.

They were among a wealth of sides to win by just a single goal on Saturday – indeed, only one tie ended with more than one goal in the difference – while Glenanne’s cup heroics, though, came to an end as the penalty pendulum of fortune swung away from them against Ballymoney.

Jess Lynch put Money in front in the first half but Clare Shillington got them level when she smashed home a good advantage while the defence waited after Kate O’Connor’s crash ball hit a foot.

Niamh Cashman then made it 2-1 from another ball into the circle that bounced high that was palmed her way by the goalkeeper. But Ballymoney grabbed an equaliser in the closing stages via Jess Moore to send the game to extra-time.

From the last play, the Glens had a corner which was scrambled away, leading to strokes but this week the Tallaght side fell on strokes 4-3.

UCD prevailed against Ards, Ulster’s leading side to date this term, by virtue of Brenda Flannery’s goal at the death, a diving reverse after a clever pass from Jeamie Deacon.

That made it 2-1 to the students after a tight game with chances at a premium. Earlier on, Flannery, along with Anna O’Flanagan, had helped create the opening goal for Deirdre Duke.

Janice Vaughan got Ards back on terms from a corner to keep the tie in the mix until two minutes from time before Flannery nicked the result.

Railway Union, meanwhile, reversed their league loss of a week earlier against Hermes with Kate Dillon scoring the only goal in the last ten minutes, slipping home after Orla Fox’s good work. Next up Railway make the long trip to Ballymoney in the next round of the competition.

Loreto repeated their 2-1 defeat of Queen’s University of a year ago as Ciara Vincent and Nikki Keegan were on the mark at Beaufort.

At Serpentine Avenue, Hayley O’Donnell’s 25th minute penalty corner was the sole divider between Pembroke and Greenfields as she thumped home a corner rebound.

Niamh Cashman scores Glenanne's second goal against Ballymoney Pic: Adrian Boehm

Niamh Cashman scores Glenanne’s second goal against Ballymoney Pic: Adrian Boehm

It sees them through to a quarter-final date, again on home turf, against Loreto in one of two Dublin derbies.

Old Alex set up the second of those derbies as Rachel Gray’s first half goal saw them shade their date with Munster’s last remaining representatives, Cork Harlequins, 1-0.

Ulster Elks were the big winners of the round as they saw off Lisnagarvey 4-1. They have home advantage in the next round, too, as they face Lurgan for whom Zoe Hawthorne scored a hat trick in a 3-2 win over Armagh.

Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup, second round: UCD 2 (D Duke, B Flannery) Ards 1 (J Vaughan); Ulster Elks 4 (L Wright; L McAlpine; D Axon; K Lammey) Lisnagarvey 1 (S Brown); Loreto 2 (N Keegan, C Vincent) Queens University 1 (J Orr); Pembroke Wanderers 1 (H O’Donnell) Greenfields 0; Armagh 2 (H Irwin, S Knipe) Lurgan 3 (Z Hawthorne 3); Railway Union 1 (K Dillon) Hermes 0; Glenanne 2 (C Shillington, N Cashman) Ballymoney 2 (J Lynch, J Moore) after extra time, Ballymoney win 4-3 on strokes; Old Alex 1 (R Gray) Cork Harlequins 0

Third round draw (February 1): Ulster Elks v Lurgan; Pembroke Wanderers v Loreto; Ballymoney v Railway Union; UCD v Old Alex

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