Two Munster EY Hockey League sides may go down

Relegation trouble looms for two of Munster’s EY Hockey League sides after a pivotal weekend in both the men’s and women’s competitions.

Two Munster EY Hockey League sides may go down

UCC were left to regret missing two open goals in the opening exchanges against second-placed Pegasus; the students were level at half-time thanks to a Holly Lehane goal, but a late collapse saw them lose 5-1.

College must now win away to champions Hermes in their final game, and hope Ards laps their last two to avoid a promotion/relegation playoff.

Hermes showed just how tough that ask will be as former Clare dual GAA star Naomi Carroll scored a camogie-style goal of the season contender in the Dubliners’ remarkable away day 7-0 drubbing of fourth-placed Ulster Elks.

Any lingering playoff hopes harboured by Cork Harlequins were extinguished by UCD’s 4-3 win on Leeside, the lead changing hands numerous times prior to Leah Ewart’s winner.

Cork Church of Ireland’s men slipped into the relegation playoff place with four rounds remaining after a 4-0 defeat at Cookstown, which moves the Tyrone men out of the bottom two for the first time all season.

Ian Hughes saved a penalty stroke from C of I talisman John Jermyn as ‘Town took a 2-0 lead into half-time; the Cork men’s discipline deserted them in the final quarter as they finished with nine men and the hosts added two more goals.

At the other end, Lisnagarvey’s 3-2 success over Pembroke means they are just one win away from clinching the title.

A brace from Ireland panellist Simon Wolfe brightened up the weekend for Cork C of I as their seconds reached the Irish Junior Cup final for the first time since their 2009 success with a 3-1 win at Glenanne.

They’ll play Monkstown in the decider as Guy Sarratt’s brace in the final six minutes saw them past Instonians 2-1.

In Munster, Alison Bourke’s double dented Ashton’s hopes of qualifying for the EYHL playoffs as her Limerick side won 2-1 in Cork to leapfrog their opponents into third place.

A treble from Ireland U16 starlet Lauren Ryan helped leaders Catholic Institute ease to a 6-0 success over Cashel/New Inn.

Clonakilty won the Division 1 Challenge with Trish Moloney’s goal 12 minutes from time seeing off a determined effort from basement side Fermoy 1-0, adding to a midweek win over Blackrock on the same scoreline.

Cork C of I and Waterford confirmed they will be promoted alongside the West Cork girls; Amy Roberts notched four in C of I’s 9-1 win over Clonmel while Waterford ended Blackrock’s promotion hopes after winning by the odd goal in three in Cork.

On the men’s side, Bandon’s Division 1 title march continued with a 5-0 rout of Limerick.

Ashton had their fourth successive win, a 4-0 success in Galway, to ignite their hopes of leapfrogging Harlequins to take the Division 1B title.

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