Limerick's ladies pull off upset at UCC

Limerick’s ladies enjoyed one of the biggest victories of their short history as they dumped UCC out of the Munster Senior Cup on penalties on Saturday.

The club, founded in 2000, made its way from the bottom of the senior ranks in Munster to become an established Division 1 side in recent seasons.

However, turning over UCC, an EY Hockey League side, in their Mardyke backyard will rank as a particularly memorable day for Aamir Khan’s charges.

Emma Barber had College in front after six minutes and Limerick had to survive two disallowed goals and five first-half short corners before Laura Peters got them level from a set-piece of their own as they created more second-half opportunities.

Neither side could find a breakthrough in normal or extra time and Limerick dispatched all of their strokes to claim a 5-3 shootout success, with College sending one wide.

Limerick will have to repeat the giant-killing act if they’re to advance further; the semi-final draw pits them against Munster’s standard-bearers Cork Harlequins — 4-0 winners over Waterford — albeit on Limerick’s home patch in Villiers School.

Ashton and Catholic Institute will meet for the fourth time this season, also in Limerick, after they won their respective quarter-finals on 3-1 scorelines.

Lorna McCutcheon played a starring role for Ashton in their success over Clonakilty while Insta had too much in the tank for Cork C of I.

Blackrock underlined their status as favourites for the Division 1B Cup with a workmanlike 3-1 success over Clonmel.

Neither side hit top gear and Betty Barlow’s lovely strike had Clonmel level for over half the game after Hilary O’Connor’s opener,

However, Katie O’Mara’s sharp corner finish and a Vivienne Melia counter- attack goal sealed victory for Grant Sweetnam’s charges.

The Rockies have Tipperary — 3-2 winners at Bruff — in the semi-finals, while Belvedere’s reward for a one-goal success away to Cork Wanderers is a home tie with Fermoy.

Cork C of I’s men served notice that they will be the side to beat in the men’s Munster Senior Cup, thumping Limerick 11-1 at Villiers, with seven different players on the scoresheet.

Their seconds game through relatively unscathed at Catholic Institute, winning 5-3.


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