Quins, who monopolised the trophy from 1996 to 2007, will not be involved on St Patrick’s Day for the second successive season, as Amy Roycroft’s strike capped a famous win at Harlequin Park on Saturday.
Bandon will now face UCC, who have a chance to avenge last season’s final defeat to C of I, after Hollie Moffett hit the only goal in a fractious win over Catholic Institute.
For their part, C of I advanced past Ashton in the plate semi-final, comfortably winning 6-0, with Julie O’Sullivan and Suzy Herbert claiming two each.
Meanwhile, it was a bad weekend for Munster sides in the women’s ESB Irish Junior Cup, as Quins and C of I both succumbed to Leinster opposition.
Quins, conquerors of Pegasus in round two, were outclassed by a Hermes side who were just too pacy and incisive, claiming a 6-1 win at Harlequin Park with Fiona Manning and Aimee Jones O’Connor on target twice.
It was a similarly long day at the office for C of I, who went down 5-2 at home to Loreto, while Railway and Old Alex defeated Armagh and Galway respectively, both on 3-1 scorelines, to make it an all-Leinster semi-final lineup.
Meanwhile, Cork Harlequins’ finishing jinx struck once again as they exited the Irish Senior Cup with a 2-1 defeat by Banbridge in a highly-charged tie at Harlequin Park.
A mixture of awful luck and profligate finishing has cost Quins a number of times this season, and again proved their undoing on Saturday. Goals in each half from Simon Magowan — the first a stunning reverse deflection — settled this tie, with Dan Hobbs replying from a corner late on.
Bann now travel to Cookstown in the last eight, but the other three quarter-final ties were all completed on Saturday.
The most notable of those came at Grange Road, where Glenanne came from behind three times in a thrilling tie with Three Rock Rovers before advancing on penalty strokes, after the sides finished deadlocked at 4-4 at the end of extra-time.
Elsewhere, Pembroke scored three in each half to down Mossley 6-0. Conor Harte claimed two of those, while Vaughan Erasmus got his first for the club. Annadale successfully staved off any hopes of a Corinthian upset, winning 3-1.
Pembroke will host Glens in another titanic Leinster clash in the semi-finals, while the winner of Cookstown’s joust with Bann will welcome Annadale.
Bandon and Cork Harlequins will contest a cup final for the second time this season, after David Smith’s brace helped the former shoot down UCC 2-0 in the Munster Senior Cup semi-final.
It was also a notable weekend for Cookstown, who secured the Ulster men’s title with a 5-3 win at Bangor, while their seconds cruised into the last four of the Irish Junior Cup with a 7-0 dismissal of Raphoe. YMCA are also through after defeating Monkstown 2-1.