Bans on hand to bomb out Monks

Ir­ish Se­nior Cup

The Hockey Paper - - RESULTS - WOMEN -

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.

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