Munster quartet exit tamely

Saturday will likely be remembered as the day Munster’s hopes of producing an Irish Hockey League finalist died, with all four teams suffering defeat.

Pegasus squeezed the life out of Cork Harlequins, Suzanne Ferris and Vanessa Surgeoner getting the second-half goals in a 2-0 win that leaves the Munster champions struggling in fifth place in the six-team Pool B.

Loreto and Pegs have put plenty of daylight between themselves and the chasing pack, the former running out 3-1 winners over Ards.

Catholic Institute suffered a second heavy defeat on the trot to Leinster opposition, losing 5-0 at Railway Union with taliswoman Naomi Carroll absent again.

They’ll hope to be able to call on her today for domestic duties; they take on Quins at Rosbrien (12.30pm) in their final Munster league game needing to win to save their title hopes.

Any other result will see the Leesiders reclaim the title, but an Institute victory could herald an unprecedented three-way tie at the top, should third-placed UCC win their final game at home to Cork C of I.

In the men’s IHL, Cork C of I came flying out of the traps against Monkstown in the clash of the Munster and Leinster champions at Garryduff.

Stephen Sweetnam’s (right) lovely reverse deflection had the hosts in front until Lee Cole equalised from a short corner.

It remained nip and tuck until midway through the second half but a flurry of ’Town goals from Gareth Watkins (two), Peter Caruth and Davy Carson saw them run out slightly flattering 5-1 winners.

Monkstown and Banbridge are all but home and hosed in Pool B, Bann winning 7-2 against Corinthians in what the club’s Twitter account called “a turgid affair” punctuated by cards.

In Pool A, Cork Harlequins did well to quell Lisnagarvey’s threat for long periods at Farmer’s Cross but Timmy Cockram’s pair of goals helped them eventually earn a 3-0 win.

Three Rock and Pembroke lead the way in Pool A after one-goal wins over Instonians and Cookstown respectively.

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