Muckross won their first ever women’s EY Hockey League match to give their hopes of avoiding relegation a massive boost, winning 2-1 against Ards at Londonderry Park.It was built around an excellent first 20 minutes as Sophie Barnwell opened the scoring in the first quarter from play. And they were two to the good early in the second quarter when Jessica Holland got on the end of a penalty corner.
The Dubliners’ tails were up and they had another couple of corners repelled as they maintained their 2-0 lead into half-time. Further Muckross set pieces in the third quarter could have made the game safe before Ards forged a rousing fightback and they got back into the game four minutes into the final quarter via Brenna McEwen’s goal.
They had continuous pressure after that but Muckross held out for a famous win, holding off a final hooter corner. The result lifts them to four points, one behind Ards who currently occupy ninth place which brings with a relegation playoff game rather than a direct drop to the provincial leagues.
Muckross are back in action on Thursday when they face UCD at Newpark, a tie they were originally 3-1 down in the first half before the fog forced the game’s cancellation.
In EY Hockey League Division 2, Catholic Institute and Monkstown met in a refix in Pool B with the winner likely to assure themselves top spot. As it was, it ended a 1-1 draw meaning the determination of the group winner will be decided when Insta go to Dungannon on April 6.
In a great contest, Leah Clery had the best of the chances in the first three quarters before Town went in front in the closing phase via a Chloe Watkins stroke. Laura Foley equalised off the back of great work from Jane Kirby for the draw.
Women’s EYHL results
EY Hockey League: Ards 1 (B McEwen) Muckross 2 (S Barnwell, J Holland)
EYHL 2, Pool B: Catholic Institute 1 (L Foley) Monkstown 1 (C Watkins)
— Insta Ladies Hockey (@InstaLadies) March 30, 2019