Cork Harlequins set up repeat of 2003 Senior Cup final against Loreto

Cork Harlequins put an end to Pegasus’s hopes of an EYHL-Irish Senior Cup double as Emma Barber’s single goal knocked out the runaway league leaders at the semi-final stage.

The Belfast side, badly missing Shirley McCay, who instead had to attend Ireland training, seldom looked like repeating their 3-0 win in the corresponding league game eight days earlier.

Cork Harlequins’ Emma Barber. Pic: Adrian Boehm

In a game of very few chances, defences were on top with Cliodhna Sargent, a commanding figure for the Munster side. Pegasus had two penalty corners late in the first-half and Cork keeper Becky Maye denied Stephanie Thompson from one of them.

Quins grabbed the vital goal in the 56th minute when Michelle Barry forced a set-piece, Barber drove the ball low into the net with a straight strike.

Sargent had to go off shortly afterwards with what looked like a serious knee injury but the Quins defence held firm in the face of some late pressure after Pegasus had taken off their keeper, Megan Todd.

It sets up a repeat of the 2003 final against Loreto as the Beaufort side overcame the absence of a wealth of front-line internationals to edge by Railway Union in a shoot-out to set up an Irish Senior Cup final date with Cork Harlequins.

It was left to their young guns but they went close to nicking the win in normal time when Sarah Evans clipped the post. No matter, Mia Jennings, Christina Hamill and Sara Twomey scored their shoot-outs to win the day, overturning a Jacqui Potter Cup semi-final defeat to the same opponent.

In the Irish Hockey Trophy, Cork C of I came back from a goal down to beat NUIG 2-1 with Ciara Sexton scoring in the last minute of the first half and then again in the last two minutes.

Greenfields will be the opposition in the final as they came back from 2-0 down at half-time to draw 2-2 at Portadown and then went on to win the shoot-out.

Irish Senior Cup – Semi-Finals: Loreto 0 Railway Union 0, Loreto win shoot-out 3-1; Pegasus 0 Cork Harlequins 1 (E Barber)

Irish Hockey Trophy – Semi-Finals: NUIG 1 (C Timon) Cork C of I 2 (C Sexton 2); Portadown 2 (A Black 2) Greenfields 2 (K Dunleavy, A Collins), Greenfields won shoot-out 1-0

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