Loreto, UCD, Pegasus and Corinthian through to ISC semi-finals

Loreto, UCD, Pegasus and Corinthian will line out in the women’s Irish Senior Cup semi-finals next weekend following their respective wins last Saturday.

The Beaufort side produced a truly sparking 5-3 victory over Railway Union to take up their place in the final four, coming back a couple of times to win the day at Grange Road.

Kate Lloyd broke the deadlock for Railway before Hayley Mulcahy and Jess Meeke’s penalty corner deflection swapped the advantage.

But Niamh Sweeney’s outrageous rising shot on her backhand, a goal of the season contender, got the Park Avenue side back to 2-2.

A Zara Delany touch from Emma Smyth’s shot – returning this season following a year out on maternity leave – created the go-ahead goal for the Sandymount side on half-time.

But they were pegged by two similarly beautiful strikes from Sarah Torrans who equalised and then put her side 4-3 up with a pair of twin reverse-stick shots.

Then, as Railway pushed up in numbers late in the game, Grace Donald raced forward 60-metres unopposed in the endgame for the killer fifth.

It puts them through to an away date against UCD after the students edged out Pembroke 2-1 with Michelle Carey and Sarah Young doing the damage.

Carey’s effort came from an exchange with her twin Niamh in the 20th minute before Nina Heisterkamp set up Young for 2-0 at half-time.

Orla Macken got one back from the first corner of the game with a powerful straight strike with plenty of time remaining but the students held on.

Corinthian, meanwhile, are the outsiders in the final four following their dramatic 3-2 win over Banbridge at Whitechurch Park.

Jessica McGrane’s goal was the only one of the first half from a penalty corner; Bann replied well and were on top in the second half when Ellen Reid fired into the D and Paula Haugh got the final touch with a well-worked deflection.

A great strike from Jodie Douglas put Corinthian back in front and Lauren McGrane looked to have put them out of range at 3-1 in the third quarter.

The Co Down side came storming back with Gemma Hasson finishing off from a penalty corner but they ran out of time.

Pegasus eased by UCC 5-1 courtesy of former Irish captain Alex Speers’ hat trick, meaning they will play Corinthian next weekend.

Women’s Irish Senior Cup – Quarter Finals: Corinthian 3 (J McGrane, J Douglas, L McGrane) Banbridge 2 (P Haugh, G Hassan); Loreto 5 (S Torrans 2, H Mulcahy, J Meeke, G Donald) Railway Union 3 (K Lloyd, N Sweeney, Z Delany); Pegasus 5 (A Speers 3, L McKee 2) UCC 1 (A Collins); Pembroke 1 (O Macken) UCD 2 (M Carey, S Young)

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