Loreto will look to eliminate a second EYHL side when they host UCC at Beaufort in what could potentially be a playoff game later this season, let alone one of the ties of the second round of the women’s Irish Senior Cup.
The difference between the top of the Leinster league and the bottom end of the EY Hockey League will be put into sharp relief on Saturday when YMCA make the trip up to Annadale in round two of the Irish Senior Cup.
Corinthian took a significant step toward confirming their place in the top half of men’s Leinster Division One in midweek when they got the better of YMCA 3-1 on Tuesday evening.
All eight EY Hockey League sides saw off provincial league opposition to advance to the second round of the men’s Irish Senior Cup on a day of over 90 goals across 13 matches in the world’s oldest club competition.
Loreto produced performance of the round to beat Pembroke 3-0 in the Irish Senior Cup, making them the only provincial side to eliminate national league opposition on a day of big scores.
Given the fine margins between Pembroke and Loreto last season in the race to qualify for the EYHL, their meeting in the Irish Senior Cup first round is the most hotly anticipated battle on Saturday.
In the week when Olympic qualification was assured after a 108-year wait, Hockey Ireland will hope the sport can capitalise on the marquee acheivement with an upsurge in interest in the sport. For the clubs, the first chance to provide a showcase for the game is Saturday’s opening round of the Irish Senior Cup
The draws for the men’s and women’s Irish Senior Cups were made today with enlarged fields with Clontarf, Weston and Dublin University returning to the men’s competition.
Clontarf claimed their first national title on Saturday as they landed the Irish Hockey Trophy title in hugely contentious circumstances ahead of Bandon at Belfield.
For long phases, there was little to choose between Cork C of I and Galway but a breathtaking 15 minute spell saw C of I transform 1-1 into 5-1 and ultimately the retention of the women’s Irish Hockey Trophy title.
A four-goal second half salvo saw Monkstown II retain the men’s Irish Junior Cup as they shook of the attentions of Three Rock Rovers II 6-2 in the last final of the weekend.
Pembroke came from a goal down to win the club’s ninth Irish Junior Cup crown as they got the better of Bandon at Belfield.
Dublin University completed their seasonal treble with a minimum of fuss, showing too much ability for Armagh as they added the men’s Irish Hockey Challenge to the Division 3 and Railway Cups they already won this season.
Six national finals provide the grand finale to the Irish hockey club season with the Irish Junior, Trophy and Challenge finals all playing out at Belfield over the weekend.
Monkstown II will meet Three Rock Rovers II in the men’s Irish Junior Cup final next weekend as they both struck three times in the second half of their ties against Lisnagarvey and Annadale, respectively. Pembroke will meet Bandon in the women’s decider
Jamie Wright struck two minutes into silver goal extra time to end Banbridge’s 29 year wait for the Irish Senior Cup title at Belfield, thrashing home from mid-circle for a famous 2-1 win.
Aine Curran’s delightful 30th minute goal propelled the Ulster Elks to a maiden women’s Irish Senior Cup title at Belfield, ending Hermes’ hopes of an incredible quadruple this term.
Cork C of I reached the final for the first time since 1999 as they scored a perfect five from five penalties to win a shoot-out with Railway Union; Banbridge proved too good for Pembroke as they ran out 4-0 winners in the second semi-final
A sixth different men’s Irish Senior Cup champions in six years will be declared on Sunday as Railway Union, Cork C of I, Banbridge and Pembroke lock horns in the final four at Belfield; Fingal and Clontarf battle for IHT final spot; four LHA finals up for grabs
Aisling Naughton’s third minute goal saw Hermes claim the second leg of a potential quadruple as they won their ninth Jacqui Potter Cup title at Grange Road.