Muck­ross and Ards up­set the odds in the Ir­ish Se­nior Cup

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Sports -

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.

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