Coach Dale happy as unbeaten ‘Quins keep up pace in title push

Cork Harlequins are the last remaining unbeaten side in the women’s EY Hockey League as they swept to a 3-0 win over Pembroke Wanderers in Dublin. The result keeps them within a point of leaders UCD.

Coach Dale happy as unbeaten ‘Quins keep up pace in title push

It was a comfortable affair with all the goals coming in the first 22 minutes with Irish international trio Rebecca Barry, Roisin Upton and Naomi Carroll on the mark.

“At times, we showed some really good phases of attacking play,” winning coach Stephen Dale said. “But we’d like to get a little bit more from our counter-attacks which is something we need to improve on but the side is digging in well.”

It was Quins’ sixth league game on the road out of seven and with eight of their last 11 games to be played at Farmer’s Cross they are set fair to make a concerted push for the title.

UCD remain top of the table thanks to a narrow 1-0 win over Railway Union with Lena Tice scoring the only goal from the penalty spot.

In Munster Division 1, UCC continue to keep their noses ahead of Catholic Institute thanks to battling 3-2 win over Cork C of I. Insta were comprehensive 5-0 victors over Belvedere, netting four times in the second half.

In the men’s EYHL, honours were shared between Cork C of I and their ‘old boys’ network at Pembroke. All the goals came in the second half and were all from set pieces. John Jermyn had the opener for the Cork hosts in the 39th minute. Harry Spain levelled three minutes later before Jermyn restored the C of I lead. Again, the advantage was short-lived with Alan Sothern equalising within two minutes. The tie was notable for the fact that three former Garryduff players – Richard Sweetnam, Nick Burns and Richard Lynch – were sin-binned against a side featuring relatives of theirs.

Elsewhere, the big story centred around Annadale player-coach Peter Caruth. He was in scintillating form in Dale’s shock 2-0 win over Monkstown before sustaining a low-grade tear to his hamstring in the closing minutes. Caruth has missed three international tournaments to injury and was due to make a return to the national team this week for a series in the Netherlands. However, this tear puts paid to that and his frustration was palpable, lashing his stick into the fencing. It earned him a yellow card and a possible hearing.

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