Morrissey’s golden goal sees Railway into IJC semis

Women’s Irish Junior Cup, quarter-finals
Railway Union and Pembroke go into the women’s Irish Junior Cup semi-final draw along with Queen’s University and Bandon following this weekend’s quarter-finals.

On Friday evening, Railway saw off Loreto in Sandymount in one of two Dublin derbies. The visitors got off to a good start with Sarah Evans going close early on before Railway won a trio of penalty corners, upping the tempo.

Loreto replied with the opening goal, pulling on a ball on the deck with a fabulous reverse-stick strike off the back of good play by Laura Delany. Both teams were creating lots of chances with 15-year-old Michelle Carey going head to head with Cathy McKean in midfield in a key battle.

Avoca's Kate Cullen, left, score twice against Hermes II Pic: Carl Breaden (click pic for more images)

Avoca’s Kate Cullen, left, score twice against Hermes II Pic: Carl Breaden (click pic for more images)

Loreto could have gone two up when Ciara Vincent and McGuinness linked up well along the base line. The latter’s shot just wide while Rachel Barnett kept Railway in the tie.

The second half saw a sea change with Railway getting the better of things. Good play from Mary Doorly at right back found teenager Niamh Carey in the circle who calmly scored for 1-1.

Railway thought they had a winner when Nina Heisterkamp scored from near the endline only for the effort to be chalked off in favour of a penalty corner. Loreto continued to look dangerous on the break but no further goals came, leading to extra time.

There, Railway won a trio of corners on the hooter after Ruth Clifford intercepted a ball out of defence and played in Anna Heisterkamp who was felled. It was reset a couple of times before Karen Morrissey – Railway II captain in 2011 when they won the title – slotted home at the third attempt.

For Pembroke II on Saturday, Anna O’Neill netted twice as there was to be no giant-killing from division four side Muckross as they ran up a 3-0 success.

Bandon won against their Cork counterparts C of I 2-0 to make it back-to-back semi-finals with Rachel and Katie Desmond doing the damage.

Stephanie McBride score the only goal in Queen’s University’s 1-0 win over Lisnagarvey to hold up Ulster’s interest in the competition.

Quarter-finals, Friday: Railway Union II 2 (N Carey, K Morrissey) Loreto II 1
Saturday: Pembroke 3 (A O’Neill 2, E Thompson) Muckross 0; Bandon 2 (R Desmond, K Desmond) Cork C of I 0; Queen’s 1 (S McBride) Lisnagarvey 0

Women’s Leinster Division Two
Pembroke II look all but certain of landing the women’s division two league after another confident performance, defeating Avoca 4-0 with all the goals coming in the first half.

Anna O’Neill completed a productive weekend with her third goal in two days while Maeve Faherty, Ciara Howard and Rachel O’Reilly also weighed in.

Avoca, themselves, had won 6-0 on Saturday to strengthen their hold on fourth place – a fair return since promotion last seaosn – while Rathgar won 3-1 against Genesis to move back into fifth courtesy of Elaine Ross’s double.

Avoca 6 (K Cullen 2, G Millar 2, R McAuley, A Horgan) Hermes II 0; Rathgar 3 (E Ross 2, D de Paor) Genesis 1 (R Russell)
Sunday: Avoca 0 Pembroke II 4 (A O’Neill, M Faherty, C Howard, R O’Reilly)
Monday: Old Alex II v Muckross, 8pm, Alexandra College; UCD II v Genesis, 6.30pm, Belfield
Wednesday: Railway Union II v Muckross, tbc, Park Avenue

Women's Leinster Senior Div 2