Burns and Sweetnam steer Cork C of I past Bandon

CORK Church of Ireland’s youngsters stepped up to the mark in style as they guided the Munster champions to a 4-1 win over Bandon yesterday.

C of I had to do without John Jermyn and Billy Lynch due to international commitments, but Nick Burns and Philip Sweetnam bagged a brace each to render Andrew Scannell’s strike against his old club academic.

Cork Harlequins still lead they way on goal difference after David Eakins and Mark Black grabbed hat-tricks in their 10-1 win over C of I B. Elsewhere, UCC outclassed Catholic Institute 7-1 for their first league victory yesterday. A stunning reverse-stick strike from Roger Gray — who went on to claim a hat-trick — and a copycat effort from Fionn O’Leary were just rewards for a superior College outfit.

Irish skipper Eimear Cregan’s hat-trick helped Catholic Institute’s women make it eight wins from eight with a 6-0 win at Ashton. UCC had to scrap harder to keep pace, Eibhlín O’Donoghue and Ali O’Regan getting the strikes in their 2-1 win over Cork C of I, for whom Grace Young hit back. Cork Harlequins stay third after Cliodhna Sargent’s double proved the catalyst for their 5-0 success at Belvedere, while Bandon moved up to fourth after their second 4-0 dismissal of UL this term, Hilary Chapple and Amy Hosford scoring twice.

In Leinster, leaders YMCA survived a major scare from UCD before winning a thriller 5-4 at Milltown.

With Glenanne’s Fingal jinx striking again — the Tallaght side were held 3-3 by the airport outfit — YM now have two points of daylight between themselves and Glens, though the latter can regain top spot with a win over Weston tonight. Injury-hit Old Alex held women’s leaders Hermes to a 1-1 draw, which reopens to the door for the chasing Loreto, UCD and Railway Union, who all claimed three points from their games.

Meanwhile, men’s Irish Junior Cup holders Monkstown survived a sticky first-round tie against Raphoe, winning 2-1, while Cork Harlequins notched a 2-0 win at South Antrim to set up a home tie with North Down.

Bandon’s dubious reward for an excellent 2-0 win over Fingal is a long trek to Banbridge, but UCC bowed out after a 5-2 loss at Mossley in a bustling encounter at The Glade. Pembroke Wanderers pulled off the result of the round, ending Randalstown’s reign as women’s ESB Irish Junior Cup champions on golden goal, Susan Ryan the match-winner in a 2-1 success. They are joined in round two by UCC, for whom Vicky O’Sullivan got the vital strike in a 1-0 win over Genesis which sets up an intriguing intervarsity trip to UCD, who saw off Catholic Institute 2-0.

Bandon were unlucky to lose 3-2 to Loreto — who featured recently-retired Irish international goalkeeper Louisa Healy — while Hermes’ hex over Cork Harlequins in this competition continued with a 3-0 win and 2010 finalists Old Alex cruised past Cork C of I 4-0. Elaine Carey’s strike helped Galway win 1-0 at Ashton.

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