A busy weekend for domestic Hockey, where there were games across the National Cups and Trophies, but we begin our review with details of
the EY Hockey League Division 2 and Men’s Pool A.
EYHL 2 MEN POOL A
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY 3- 4 PEMBROKE WANDERERS
A seven-goal thriller for those in attendance at this game. Matthew Scott put the visitors 1-0 ahead in the 5th minute. Harry Scott opened his account for the hosts from open play in the 13th minute to make it 1-1. Adam Reddick from open play gave the Students a 2-1 lead in the 20th minute. James Maginnis equalised for Pembroke Wanderers in the 26th minute with a goal from open play. Scott Sullivan restored the visitors lead in the 33rd minute with another open play goal. Harry Scott got his second goal of the match to restore the Students to parity with another goal from open play in the 38th minute it was now 3-3. Ross Breytenbach made the game safe for the visitors with what proved to be the last goal of the game on 49 minutes yet again from open to play to secure a 4-3 win for Pembroke Wanderers.
BANDON 4- 4 BANGOR
An eight goal thriller for the fans to feast on at Bandon Grammar School in this EYHL2 Men’s Pool A clash.
The visitors took the lead in the 8th minute when Rhys Cunningham scored from open play. They increased their lead when Samuel McMillan scored from open play a minute later. Bandon responded through a goal from Ethan Hamilton-Foot in the 23rd minute from open play. It was 2-1 to Bangor at this point.
Bangor increased their lead in the 27th minute through Callum Duncan from open play. Bandon narrowed Bangor’s lead to a single goal in the 33rd minute through David Smith to leave Bangor leading 3-2 at half-time. Bandon got back on level terms in the 43rd when Ethan Hamilton-Foot got his second of the game converting a penalty corner. Bandon then went in front for the first time in the match in the 51st minute when Clinton Sweetnam scored from a penalty stroke. Bangor secured a share of the spoils when James Holley scored from open play to leave the score 4-4 at the final whistle.
EYHL 2 MEN POOL B
COOKSTOWN 4-2 CORK CHURCH OF IRELAND
Cookstown beat Cork Harlequins by four goals to two in their EYHL2 Men’s Pool B clash in Cookstown. Robert Sweetnam gave the visitors the lead from open play in the 11th minute. It was Cookstown 0 Cork Church of Ireland 1. Cookstown got an equaliser through Callum Anderson from open play in the 17th minute. Ryan Millar gave the hosts the lead in the 28th minute with another goal from open play. Cookstown 2 Cork Church of Ireland 1. But the visitors equalised themselves when Jonathan Spillane scored from open play in the 36th minute. Callum Anderson got his second goal of the game in the 54th minute from open play to put Cookstown a further goal ahead at 3-1 and Michael Kerr got an insurance goal of sorts with his open play goal in the 59th minute , to leave the final score Cookstown 4 Cork Church of Ireland 2.
SOUTH ANTRIM 2-5 CORK HARLEQUINS
Cork Harlequins had a comfortable 5-2 victory over South Antrim after their visit to Belfast. Julian Dale opened his account for the visitors in the 9th minute and added a second from open play to leave Harlequins 2-0 ahead after 10 minutes. South Antrim responded through a converted penalty corner from Jordan Robinson in the 15th minute. Julian Dale completed his hat-trick converting a penalty corner in the 28th minute to leave Harlequins 3-1 ahead. John Whyte made it 4-1 from open play in the 32nd minute and Nestor Jiminez Martinez made it 5-1 from open play in the 37th minute. Wot Ryan’s field goal in the 49th minute left the final score South Antrim 2 Cork Harlequins 5.
EYHL 2 WOMEN POOL A
BELFAST HARLEQUINS 2 -3 CORK HARLEQUINS
It was the battle of the Harlequins at Deramore Park where the Belfast variety hosted their Cork counterparts. Belfast Harlequins took the lead in the 29th minute when Emma Fraser converted a penalty stroke. Within five minutes Cork Harlequins were back level when Michelle Barry scored from open play. Yvonn O’Byrne gave the visitors the lead when she converted a penalty corner in the 40th minute. Claire Whiteside got Belfast Harlequins back on terms when she scored in the 50th minute from open play to leave the score 2-2. All three points were heading back to the River Lee after Jane O’Brien got a third goal for her team in the 66th minute to leave the final score Belfast Harlequins 2 Cork Harlequins 3.
AVOCA 2-0 GREENFIELDS
Avoca continued their impressive form this season with a 2-0 win over Connacht Women’s Division 1 side Greenfields at Newtownpark . Caro Theunisz put the hosts 1-0 ahead with a goal in the 27th minute from open play. Zoe Watterson made the game safe for Avoca with a second from open play in the 41st minute to secure the win.
EYHL 2 WOMEN POOL B
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK 3-1 MUCKROSS
Munster Division 1 side UCC had too much fire power for their Leinster Division 1 visitors Muckross at the Mardyke in this EYHL 2 Women’s Pool B clash. Julia McCarthy opened the scoring on the half hour mark with a goal from open play for the Students. Muckross responded quickly when in the 31st minute Katie Fitzgerald converted a penalty corner. Two late goals for UCC in the 66th minute when Rebecca Kingston converted a penalty corner and one from open play in the final minute were enough to secure all the points and win for the Students by 3-1.
LURGAN 1-2 ARDS
Ards who recently were crowned Ulster Indoor champions took the lead in the 13th minute through Ulster Women’s Premier League’s leading goalscorer Rachel Houston’s goal from open play. Susannah Cotter made it 2-0 to Ards with another open play effort on 19 minutes. Lurgan got on the scoresheet in the 41st minute when they were awarded a penalty stroke which was converted by Stephanie Thompson.
It remained Lurgan 1 Ards 2 at full time.
MEN’S IRISH HOCKEY TROPHY
BRAY 4-1 RATHGAR
PORTADOWN 0-1 KILKEEL
WOMEN’S IRISH HOCKEY TROPHY
DUNGANNON 2-1 UNIVERSITY OF GALWAY
GLENANNE 4-1 ARMAGH
NEWRY OLYMPIC 0-4 PORTRANE
WOMEN’S IRISH HOCKEY CHALLENGE
BELVEDERE 2-1 CORK WANDERERS
TIPPERARY 5-0 KINVARA
WATERFORD 6-1 BOTANIC
GENESIS 7-0 COOKSTOWN
IRISH WOMEN’S SENIOR CUP
TRINITY COLLEGE LADIES 0-3 CORINTHIAN
BALLYMONEY 3-1 PORTADOWN
BANBRIDGE 0-3 QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY
IRISH MEN’S SENIOR CUP
RAILWAY UNION 2 -5 AVOCA
MEN’S IRISH SENIOR CUP
Tomorrow Sunday January 28 2024 in the Men’s Irish Senior Cup there will be one game.
PEMBROKE WANDERERS V SOUTH ANTRIM 13:00 SERPENTINE AVENUE