Two EY Hockey League sides were dumped out of the Irish Senior Cup by provincial sides as Corinthian and Mossley proved there is life outside the national league.
Corinthian edged Glenanne 4-2 on penalties despite giving up a two-goal lead in a 3-3 draw. Jonny Bruton and David Howard made it 30 goals between them this season, but a pair of corner goals from Olympian Shane O’Donoghue hauled Glens back into it prior to the shootout.
While Corinthians’ form meant that wasn’t an entirely unexpected result, Railway Union’s 4-1 loss to a Mossley side with just one win to their credit in Ulster league action this term was a huge surprise. Former international Simon Todd was a key Mossley man, netting all four goals.
Elsewhere, Cork Church of Ireland breezed into the quarter-finals, staying true to their form as great entertainers this term in a 6-2 win over YMCA. John Jermyn’s second hat-trick of the season and one from Shrew Power had the tie killed off by the 26th minute, while Stephen Parker also scored for C of I against his former club.
Monkstown scored twice early on to defeat Lisnagarvey 3-2 while Banbridge saw off Three Rock Rovers 3-1 in the other all-EYHL tie.
UCD won 7-3 in Kilkenny but they had it far from their own way against the Cats, who led 2-1 and 3-2 before former Kilkenny College student Jeremy Duncan’s hat-trick helped UCD over the line.
There were no major shocks in the women’s Irish Senior Cup with all the EYHL sides advancing.
UCD edged the tie of the round against Railway Union 2-1 while Cliodhna Sargent, Karen Bateman and Caoimhe Perdue were all on the scoresheet for the second week in succession as Cork Harlequins won 3-0 away to their Belfast namesakes. Monkstown’s Anna O’Flanagan was again the weekend’s top performer, the EYHL top scorer netting five as her side breezed past Banbridge 6-0.
Elsewhere, Catholic Institute and Waterford will fly the Munster flag in the next phase of the Irish Hockey Challenge. Former Munster junior representatives Gary Acheson and Simon Brickenden returned to inspire Insta to a 4-1 win over Midleton while Waterford edged Mullingar 2-1.
In Munster, Ashton’s ladies failed to hit the target for the third game in a row in a scoreless draw with Clonakilty while UCC won 3-1 at Limerick and Cork C of I thumped Waterford 5-0 to keep their title ambitions alive. Leaders Catholic Institute were in Munster Senior Cup action, advancing with a 3-1 success over Bandon.
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