Tice retains UCD’s slender lead as Cork Quins and Pegasus keep pace

Women’s EYHL – day seven round-up
Saturday: Pembroke Wanderers 0 Cork Harlequins 3 (R Barry, R Upton, N Carroll)
Cork Harlequins netted three times in the first 22 minutes to record a 3-0 win over Pembroke and maintain their place in second in the women’s EY Hockey League table thanks to three goals from former Catholic Institute players.

Rebecca Barry profited from a third minute interception to deliver a conclusive strike for 1-0 and the perfect start for the visitors. Pembroke went close to a response from Orla Macken’s deflection and a strong save from Emma Buckley from the first corner.

From Quins’ second corner in the 20th minute, won by Naomi Carroll, Roisin Upton made it 2-0 with the direct strike. Carroll then completed a goal from an attack down the left for 3-0.

Buckley and Iseult Cambay kept out further corners while Maebh Horan and Rosario Villagra went close to getting one back for Pembroke. Jilly Ringwood’s number one corner running shut down further Quins’ openings before Villagra had a chance hit the post in an open but scoreless second half.

Sunday: Railway Union 0 UCD 1 (L Tice)
Lena Tice’s 40th minute penalty stroke ended Railway Union’s unbeaten start to the season, keeping UCD’s slender one-point win at the top of the women’s EYHL table.

UCD were without the injured Sarah Robinson and Ellen Curran for the tie, meaning a bit of a reshuffle for Miles Warren but his side started well with a strong Deirdre Duke effort matched at the far end by the influential Michelle Carey.

Grace O’Flanagan was having a fine game and did brilliantly to keep out Katie Mullan and Tice. Emma Smyth’s ball across goal was touched just wide by Kate Lloyd.

Mullan, Duke and Bethany Barr were the key instigators for UCD while Carey, Smyth and Anna May Whelan gave as good as they got in midfield with Emer Lucey cleaning up the scraps at the back in a scoreless first half.

Five minutes into the second half came the key moment when Duke drew a foul in the circle with a corner initally awarded before a consultation led to an upgrade to a stroke. Tice held her nerve to slot the goal.

Nina Heisterkamp intercepted a loose Tice pass at the top of the D but Clodagh Cassin did well to snuff out a real chance. It continued at a thrilling pace with Lloyd weaving some magic; Orla Fox calmly cleared off the line and O’Flanagan denied Duke. UCD withstood Railway going with an extra attacker and then removing their goalkeeper, holding on for an important victory.

Ards 0 Loreto 1 (J McGirr)
Jessica McGirr’s second quarter goal was all that stood between Loreto and Ards, an important win for the Beaufort club that keeps them in touch with the top four with a game in hand.

It was a lovely deflection goal from a corner after the Paul Fitzpatrick-coached side had won a couple of early set pieces. They continued to have most of the play throughout the tie, drawing good stops from Naomi McKnight before Ards had the best of the closing quarter when chasing the tie. Indeed, they had a series of corners in the latter phases but Loreto held firm to move up to sixth place.

Pegasus celebrate a Hannah Grieve goal. Pic: Sinead Hingston

Belfast Harlequins 1 (J Watt) Trinity 1 (A Long)
Belfast Harlequins had to settle for their second draw in a row as Trinity nicked a second quarter lead through Ailish Long which Jenna Watt cancelled out 16 minutes from time.

In a lively start, Quins went close via Watt and Zoe Wilson with Carolyn Crampton alert to clean up the chances. Watt continued to be lively as the first quarter ended and the second began before Trinity upped their ante. They tested Marianne Fox before going one up via Long in the 27th minute.

The students survived three corners to go in 1-0 up at half-time and another one came and went for the hosts in the second half. Gemma Frazer and Robyn Chambers went close too. The leveller came a minute into the fourth quarter when Watt won a corner and she was the scorer moments later. A further trio of corners down the closing stretch for the hosts went incomplete and Trinity clung on for their point.

Monkstown 0 Pegasus 3 (H Grieve 2, L McKee)
Pegasus won their fourth game of the campaign with a 3-0 win at the Merrion Fleet Arena as Monkstown’s wait for a first goal since the opening day of the season goes on.

Hannah Grieve put Pegasus in front in the 11th minute with a corner goal. Michelle Harvey’s rocket of a shot from the top of the circle made it 2-0 in the 22nd minute and it stayed that way until seven minutes from the end. Grieve completed the win with another corner strike to keep Pegs within two points of leaders UCD.

Partners of The Hook