Humphreys sends Ashton through

Hannah Humphreys enhanced her burgeoning reputation with a vital penalty stroke save to send her Ashton side through to the second round of the Irish Junior Cup on Saturday.

The 15-year-old St Angela’s schoolgirl lit up the U16 interpros on Munster duty and was at it again as her side prevailed 4-3 in a shootout after a tense scoreless draw.

There was less good fortune for UCC, who came out on the wrong end of a strokes defeat to Randalstown after a 1-1 draw. Bandon again had Hermes’ number, defeating them for the second year in a row, this time 2-1 in Dublin. The goals came from Rachel Desmond and Jessica Kingston.

Cork C of I added to the Munster representation in round three as Chloe Fenton bagged the odd goal in seven in a thriller against Glenanne.

On the men’s side, Mark Lombard sent Cork Harlequins through with the only goal against Belfast Harlequins while David Herbert underlined how much he was missed by Cork C of I during his sojourn in Australia with a brace in their 3-2 success against Bangor. UCC had a tough day, losing 8-2 to Lisnagarvey, while Glenanne’s O’Malleys undid Bandon’s challenge, David and Eddie sharing the goals in a 3-1 success in west Cork.

Domestically, Bandon and UCC both made big moves in the women’s Division 1, moving to a four-way share of second place with Catholic Institute and Cashel/New Inn.

Bandon weathered early pressure and capitalised on a series of individual errors to do the damage in the first half of their 5-0 win over Fermoy with Olivia Roycroft and Katie Desmond netting two each.

Wexford native Steffi Bowe celebrated her return to UCC colours after a period out of the game with a goal in their 5-2 success at Ashton, for whom Michelle Barry hit a brace.

Cork C of I hit six past a short-handed Limerick side, Amy Roberts scoring twice to arrest their recent alarming slump.

Whether any of the chasing pack can hold a candle to Cork Harlequins remains to be seen; Cliodhna Sargent’s hat-trick underpinned a 9-0 defeat of Cashel/New Inn.

Clonakilty continue to set the pace in Division 1B, chalking up a sixth successive win with a 5-1 success at Belvedere. Clonmel won the Premier derby against Tipperary 2-1 to stay second while Waterford have continued to blossom since the return to action of former international Kristen Lyons, who bagged three in their 5-2 win over Blackrock that keeps them in third.

In the men’s league, UCC had little difficulty dispatching Catholic Institute 6-0 but the real drama came at Farmer’s Cross where Cork Harlequins came from two goals down to win 6-3 against basement side Ashton.


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