Muck­ross seal Ir­ish Hockey League spot with pro­vin­cial fi­nals vic­tory

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports - MARY HAN­NI­GAN

Muck­ross com­pleted an ex­tra­or­di­nary re­vival in the club’s for­tunes on Sun­day when they qual­i­fied for next sea­son’s Ir­ish Hockey League by win­ning the pro­vin­cial fi­nals in Cork with three wins and a draw from their four games.

Last month the club, once a dom­i­nant force in Ir­ish hockey, won its first Le­in­ster first di­vi­sion ti­tle in 21 years hav­ing tum­bled down through the league, their nadir com­ing when they were rel­e­gated to di­vi­sion four.

They’re back, though, un­der coach Sarah Scott, a draw with Old Alexan­dra and vic­to­ries over NUIG, UCC and Lur­gan earn­ing them the IHL slot va­cated by Monkstown on Satur­day when their 5-1 de­feat by cham­pi­ons UCD sealed their rel­e­ga­tion.

Old Alexan­dra were run­ners-up to Muck­ross and will play Trin­ity in the IHL pro­mo­tion/rel­e­ga­tion play-off, the stu­dents fin­ish­ing sec­ond from bot­tom after a 6-0 de­feat by Loreto on Satur­day.

That Loreto win, along with Sun­day’s 1-1 draw with Pe­ga­sus, saw them pip Rail­way Union to fourth in the IHL, giv­ing them a place in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy. It was a re­mark­able turn­around by Loreto who trailed Rail­way by seven points six games ago, but while they took 11 points from their last five IHL games, Rail­way could only man­age three.

Loreto will play UCD in the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy semi-fi­nals next month, hav­ing lost to them in a shoot-out three weeks ago in the last four of the Ir­ish Se­nior Cup fol­low­ing a score­less draw. Cork Har­lequins meet Pe­ga­sus in the other semi-fi­nal.

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