Catholic Institute withstood a late Cliftonville onslaught to land the men’s Irish Hockey Challenge title in thrilling fashion at Belfield.
Such scripts would be rejected as preposterous by Hollywood studios but 99 years since their last Irish Senior Cup success, the title has been returned to Monkstown in the most dramatic of fashion.
There will be two all-Leinster Irish Senior Cup finals as Monkstown, Pembroke, UCD and Railway Union all qualified for finals day with Saturday victories in Belfield; the men’s final gets underway at 1.15pm with the women on at 3.30pm
Alex Speers pair of instinctive finishes set Railway Union up for a comprehensive second Jacqui Potter Cup crown in Grange Road yesterday as her high-pressing side had too much nous for Loreto.
Five finals are up for decision in Grange Road on St Patrick’s as the LHA host their annual marquee day out with a series of intriguing showdowns with the Mills and Jacqui Potter Cups up for decision
Monkstown will contest their third successive Mills Cup final after they advanced to meet Three Rock Rovers in the Leinster senior decider on St Patrick’s Day.
Alan Sothern’s double saw Pembroke overturn a 2-0 deficit to beat Glenanne 3-2 and move closer to the men’s division one title; Monkstown, UCD and Corinthian boosted their IHL hopes while Fingal produced result of the round in the Mills quarter-finals
Another commanding UCD performance sent out another emphatic message to rest of the country as Anna O’Flanagan’s stylish hat trick left Pegasus reeling.
2013 starts with a bang for Leinster’s leaders on the women’s outdoor scene as UCD, Hermes and Railway Union face huge clashes in the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup third round.
Cork C of I made it three in-a-row in the Peard Cup at Harlequins’ Farmer’s Cross home; Cookstown picked up a surprisingly comfortable 3-1 win over Irish Hockey League champions Lisnagarvey to land their fifth Kirk Cup title
Alan Sothern’s quartet pushed Pembroke within a few points of winning back the Leinster men’s division one title as Three Rock faltered again; he added another three on Sunday on a spectacular opening round in the Mills Cup
On an eventful weekend in women’s division one, Glenanne struck late to draw with Hermes; Loreto’s draw with Old Alex means they also lose ground as Railway and UCD stormed to win; Loreto, Hermes and UCD advance in the Jacqui Potter Cup
Emer Lucey’s last minute stole the headlines for Railway Union as Mick McKinnon enjoyed his first win in his tenure at Beaufort against Loreto.
Seconds out, round two for Old Alex and UCD as they meet in the Irish Senior Cup in the middle game of their trilogy at Milltown on Saturday in on one of the highlight games of the weekend.
Three Leinster sides will make up the final four of the Irish Senior Cup next March with Banbridge Ulster’s representatives in the semi-finals following Saturday’s quarter-final dates.
Dublin’s dual derbies highlight the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup as Leinster is guaranteed two men’s teams in the Irish Senior Cup final four.
Five of the six Leinster women’s sides came through unscathed from the initial round of the Electric Ireland Irish Senior Cup with Loreto, Old Alex, Railway Union, Corinthian and Hermes all progressing.
Leinster will make up five of the last eight men’s Irish Senior Cup entrants on a day when a number of sides raided Ulster with success
Loreto face a potential banana-skin at Beaufort as Queen’s University come visiting for a repeat of last season’s Electric Ireland Irish Senior semi-final in rude health.
Round two of the men’s Irish Senior Cup will see at least three more major contenders dumped out of the competition as Leinster’s top two both head north to face two of Ulster’s top dogs.