Hermes-Monkstown ease past injury-hit Harlequins

Women’s EY Champions Trophy semi-finals
Hermes-Monkstown 6 (A O’Flanagan 3, N Evans 2, K Bateman) Cork Harlequins 2 (C Perdue, K Bateman)

Hermes-Monkstown eased into the women’s EY Champions Trophy final courtesy of a 6-2 win over Cork Harlequins who suffered badly in the absence of their international stars.

In addition to Cliodhna Sargent, Roisin Upton, Naomi Carroll and Rebecca Barry were all out injured while Emma Buckley had only come out of hospital after an eight day spell.

And the Dubliners were in no mood for sympathy as they burst into the game with three goals in the first ten minutes. Nikki Evans and Sinead Loughran had already fired warning shots before Evans pumped home a backhand shot in the third minute.

Anna O'Flanagan celebrates scoring the first of her three goals. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Anna O’Flanagan finished off a classy move after Chloe Watkins and Evans set her up from a turnover. Evans finished off the third for 3-0. Watkins dragged in a corner from the first set-piece of the tie for a 4-0 half-time lead.

O’Flanagan – back after a spell out with concussion – finished off a pass from Evans for the fifth with 12 minutes to go. Caoimhe Perdue pulled one back with a cracking strike before Karen Bateman nailed a stroke but O’Flanagan closed out the win in the last minute with a clever finish for 6-2.

It sets up a final date with UCD on Sunday at Grange Road at 2.30pm.

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