Bans on hand to bomb out Monks
Irish Senior Cup
EUGENE Magee scored twice in the second half as Banbridge defeated Monkstown 3-1 to claim their second Men’s Irish Senior Cup in three seasons on Sunday.
Banbridge, second in the EY Hockey League, took just eight minutes to hit the front when Matthew Allister’s cross slipped past goalkeeper David Fitzgerald, allowing Jonny McKee a tap-in.
Magee thumped home a backhand volley rebound to double his side’s lead, but this brought Monkstown to life with Davy Carson firing in a brilliant backhand strike to halve the deficit.
But with 20 minutes left, Banbridge restored their two-goal cushion when Mills slipped the ball through the legs of the last defender to go clear before squaring for Magee to roll into an empty net and Banbridge comfortably managed to hold on.
Earlier, UCD won their first Women’s Irish Senior Cup since 2009, as Deirdre Duke’s late winner snatched a 1-0 victory over Cork Harlequins.
In a breathless start to the match, Naomi Carroll put Rebecca Barry through on goal only for her chance to be smothered by Clodagh Cassin.
Quins goalkeeper Emma Buckley then had to produce some heroics of her own, as her boot denied Duke before she saved three penalty corners. Michelle Barry then passed up a huge chance for Quins, as she blazed over the bar after she had been picked out by Olivia Roycroft.
There were fewer openings in the second half, although Cassin had a big let-off when she left Roycroft’s shot, believing it to be going wide, only for it to roll onto the post and across the goal line without crossing it.
UCD then struck the killer blow three minutes from time, as Duke played a one-two with Sorcha Clarke before calmly finishing past Buckley.