Muckross and Ards upset the odds in the Irish Senior Cup
They might be having their struggles in the Hockey League this season, the sides filling the bottom two positions in the table, but Muckross and Ards both upset the odds in the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday to reach the quarter-finals of the competition.
And they did so by beating Hockey League opponents that had got the better of them in their most recent meetings. Muckross won 3-0 away to an Old Alexandra side that had beaten them 5-1 on their own turf back in October. Laura Hanlon and Niamh Gowing had them 2-0 up after 25 minutes, with a fine solo effort from Yasmin Pratt sealing the surprise victory.
Ards had to work harder for their win over a Belfast Harlequins team that beat them 3-1 earlier this month, Frankie Brown and Becky Weir giving them a 2-1 half-time lead, Harlequins’ goal coming from Lucy Geddes. Brown stretched that advantage after the break with her second of the game, before Abbey Edwards’ late consolation.
The outcome of the other six ties was predictable enough, holders UCD cruising to a 6-0 win over Lurgan, while Pegasus, beaten finalists, saw off Trinity 5-2 at Queens.