Cork Harlequins showing early season intent with another win

Cork Harlequins are emerging as the primary challengers to Hermes-Monkstown in the women’s EY Hockey League after notching a third successive win on the road.

Cork Harlequins showing early season intent with another win

Stephen Dale’s star-studded side came from 2-1 down to beat Pembroke Wanderers 4-2, with three of the goals coming from new recruits and Ireland underage internationals Michelle Barry (2) and Caoimhe Perdue.

Anna O’Flanagan’s late strike - her 10th in three games - gave Hermes-Monkstown a 1-0 win over Pegasus in a repeat of last year’s decider, and they and Quins are the only sides left with 100% records.

A brace from Cork native Julia O’Halloran wasn’t enough to prevent Railway Union going down 4-2 to UCD. Ulster Elks and Loreto lodged their first wins of the new campaign over Belfast Harlequins and Ards respectively.

On the men’s side, Banbridge and Lisnagarvey continue to set the pace. Bann warmed up for next weekend’s first hosting of the EuroHockey League in Ireland with a 4-1 defeat of Instonians while ’Garvey shaded Pembroke 2-1 in a game that saw three penalty strokes awarded.

Cork C of I routed UCD 8-1, something of a surprise given the newly-promoted students’ strong start to the campaign. The Garryduff men were 4-0 up inside ten minutes before UCD had launched their first attack and never looked back, with John Jermyn and Julian Dale helping themselves to hat-tricks.

Railway Union were routed by seven goals for the second week in succession with Monkstown piling on the pain in an 8-1 success. Three Rock Rovers’ first win of the campaign came via a 2-0 success over a Glenanne side shy four regulars.

The domestic season got underway in Munster with indications that the ladies Division 1 is set to be a closely-fought league this term with a number of stalemates.

Limerick held champions Catholic Institute to a 1-1 draw, with the tie between Cork C of I and UCC ending on the same scoreline.

It was a goal apiece again when Institute hosted UCC yesterday while Waterford held Ashton to a 2-2 draw and Bandon had a 2-1 win in Clonakilty.

Cork C of I seconds laid down a marker in the men’s Division 1 with a 5-2 defeat of depleted champions UCC, Bandon edged Cork Harlequins 1-0 thanks to Ali Smith’s penalty stroke and Ashton continued their recent hoodoo over Limerick with a 3-2 win in a card-laden clash at Villiers.

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