Siofra O’Brien’s early goal proved enough for Loreto to join Pegasus and UCD in the Irish Senior Cup semi-finals while Belfast Harlequins advanced to the quarters.
After almost three months, Belfast Harlequins and Pembroke will hope they can finally get the go-ahead for their Irish Senior Cup second round date at Deramore Park.
Chloe Brown produced a masterclass for Ards as they claimed a seventh successive National Indoor Trophy crown at St Columba’s, winning their decider 5-2
Three Rock Rovers retained the National Indoor Trophy title with an 8-5 win over arch rivals Railway Union at St Columba’s with Ross Canning netting four times in the decider.
Cork Harlequins’ date with UCD is the marquee EY Hockey League game of a brilliant weekend of women’s hockey on the agenda with the National Indoor Trophy finals on Sunday
Railway Union and Three Rock Rovers face an almost instant re-match as the National Indoor Trophy follows seven days after the former dethroned Rovers in Leinster at St Columba’s; men’s weekend preview
Old Alex pushed Pegasus all the way in the Irish Senior Cup while Loreto also advanced; UCD, Railway Union and North Kildare all made it through in the Jacqui Potter Cup
Loreto and Hermes-Monkstown’s paths intertwine for a second successive cup weekend, stepping things up a notch for their Irish Senior Cup second round tie, the highlight of Saturday’s local action.
The top four in the men’s EY Hockey League all advanced in the Irish Senior Cup though, for a second week running, Pembroke put their fans through the ringer against mid-table Ulster Premier opposition.
The Jacqui Potter Cup continued to see lower tier opposition eliminating higher rated sides in the league register with Railway Union II picking off the marquee victory, knocking out EYHL side Pembroke.
Pembroke became the first Irish Senior Cup semi-finalist while TRR, Glenanne and Lisnagarvey also advanced; check out those results and all the IHT and Jacqui Potter Cup scores in the round-up
After a couple of aborted attempts, the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finalists will hopefully be finalised with three second round matches on the agenda while Mossley and Pembroke will bid to be the first into the semis.
While there are plenty of miles still to travel, UCC’s away day at Catholic Institute looks a potential decider for the students in women’s Munster Division One when they meet at 1pm at Rosbrien on Saturday.
While outdoor fixtures took a partial hit over the weekend, the indoor side of the game seems to be gathering momentum around the country with a series of new initiatives.
Pembroke and Mossley advanced to an Irish Senior Cup quarter-final date next Saturday with dramatic wins in the two refxied ties to beat the frost in Ulster.
Club hockey on a national level eases back into action on Saturday for the new year with a trio of refixed Irish Senior Cup ties at Ulster venues taking centre-stage while the Leinster focus is indoors and on the Jacqui Potter Cup.
Bangor lifted the Linden Cup for the second time in three years on Monday, two goals apiece from Ryan Burgess and Michael McComb helping them ease to an emphatic 5-0 win over Raphoe in the final at Deramore Park
Ingrid Burns’ hat trick propelled Cork Harlequins to the annual Southern Fried Munster Under-21 championship title as they beat city rivals C of I 4-2 at Garryduff on Saturday.
On New Year’s Day, Bangor will carry the burden of favouritism going into their Linden Cup clash with Raphoe, having beaten the Donegal side 3-0 in the Ulster Premier League only last weekend.
Lisnagarvey lifted the Senior Cup for the first time with a hard fought 3-2 win over Ballymena in a thrilling final at Mossley on Saturday