Glens conquer UCC to continue Senior Cup success

Women’s Irish Senior Cup first round
Glenanne’s love affair with the Irish Senior Cup once again saw them produce the result of the first round as they defeated IHL side UCC in Tallaght with a deserved 3-1 success.

It came a year on from their ousting of Pegasus in the competition and continued their good showings this season. Clare Shillington got them up and running when a crash ball popped up to her and she volleyed home an excellent upright reverse-stick effort.

Kate O’Connor’s short corner striker banged the backboard in the 25th minute to make it 2-0 at the break before Sarah Browner got one back with a beautiful deflection in the second half.

Marie Goulding, though, made the game safe when she finished amid a mad scramble in the circle, a goal that UCC contested profusely but to no avail.

They were one of the big winners of the first round along with Railway Union who prevailed, just about, against Loreto on penalties. Kate Dillon and Hannah de Burgh Whyte made it 2-0 for the 2013 champions but Loreto fought back to level with five minutes remaining.

Sarah O’Loughlin got them back into the tie in the 48th minute before Hannah Matthews scored a corner to send the game into extra time. There, Railway prevailed in the shoot-out with Zara Delany, Sarah Canning and Dillon potting their strokes to win 3-2.

UCD came back from a goal down to beat Ards 4-1 in Belfield. Chloe Brown had put the northern side ahead before Anna O’Flanagan equalised almost instantly with the first goal of a subsequent hat trick – her first goals of the season – while Katie Mullan chipped in with another strike.

Ards had their moments but sharpness in either circle was certainly where the students won out. The sides meet again next week in the Irish Hockey League.

Rachel Scott was the Pembroke heroine as she scored twice, crucially nabbing her second in extra time, to get past the challenge of Randalstown 2-1, their third successive single goal victory of the campaign.

Hermes were comprehensive victors over Queen’s University. Audrey O’Flynn and Caitriona McGilp scored in the first half before O’Flynn, Rosie Carrigan and Sophie Twomey clocked up the other scores in a 5-0 win.

North Kildare, however, bowed out 3-0 to Lurgan and Trinity succumbed to Ballymoney 2-0 – Nikki Parke and Aine Kearney the scorers – to leave seven Leinster sides in the hat for the last 16 draw of the cup which will take place on Monday morning in the IHA offices.

Elsewhere, Cork Harlequins advanced thanks to a 4-0 win over Portadown with Cliodhna Sargent knocking home a pair. Belfast Harlequins got the better of Catholic Institute with the odd goal in five.

Women’s Irish Senior Cup, first round: Catholic Institute 2 (Sorcha Carey, Naomi Carroll) Belfast Harlequins 3 (Louise McGuigan, Ruth Millar, Amy Geddes); Glenanne 3 (Marie Goulding, Kate O’Connor, Clare Shillington) UCC 1 (Sarah Browner); Hermes 5 (Caitriona McGilp, Audrey O’Flynn 2, Rosie Carrigan, Sophie Twomey) Queens 0; Lurgan 3 (Pippa Best, Jo Wilson, Kerris Burns) North Kildare 0; Pembroke Wanderers 2 (Rachel Scott 2) Randalstown 1 (Katherine McDowell); Portadown 0 Cork Harlequins 4 (Cliodhna Sargent 2, Karen Bateman, Claire O’Sullivan); Railway Union 2 (Kate Dillon, Hannah de Burgh Whyte) Loreto 2 (Sarah O’Loughlin, Hannah Matthews), Railway win 3-2 on penalties; Trinity 0 Ballymoney 2 (Nikki Parke, Aine Kearney); UCD 4 (Ann O’Flanagan 3, Katie Mullan) Ards 1 (C Brown)

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