For a third week running, there is a different club on top of the women’s EY Hockey League which continues to throw up dramatic twists and turns.
Old Alex 2 (J Deacon, M O’Donnell) Muckross 0
Old Alex became the third different side to lead the women’s EY Hockey League as they move to the top of the table on goal difference edging ahead of Pegasus and Loreto.
Old Alex earned a hard-fought 2-0 win over Muckross in Milltown as penalty corner goals from Jeamie Deacon and Millie O’Donnell forged their path to victory.
It means Alex have now picked up 16 points from a possible 18 which sees them jump above Pegasus and Loreto who both dropped points over the weekend.
Catholic Institute 4 (C O’Shea, L Foley, R Upton, N Carroll) Pegasus 2 (E Armstrong, T Doherty)
Performance of the round came in Limerick where Catholic Institute dominated their tie against Pegasus to beat the Ulster side for the first time in their 110-year history, running out 4-2 victors. Catholic Institute have been on a brilliant run of form of late, picking up seven points from the last nine available.
They had most of the play in the first half but went in level at 1-1 after Christine O’Shea’s goal was cancelled out by Ella Armstrong.
In the second half, a scoring spree from Laura Foley, Roisin Upton and Naomi Carroll saw the Limerick side burst into a 4-1 lead which they managed to see out despite a consolation goal from the Ulster side.
The win keeps Catholic Institute in eighth place but despite that, it puts daylight between themselves and the relegation playoff place as a result.
Cork Harlequins 2 (M Barry, E O’Leary) Belfast Harlequins 1 (J Watt)
Cork Harlequins continued their excellent run since Christmas with a third win out of four to transform their fortunes from a perilous position to a playoff pursuit.
They trailed to Jenna Watt’s early goal but strikes from Michelle Barry and Emily O’Leary turned things around in the second half for a 2-1 win over Belfast Harlequins.
Railway Union’s date with Pembroke was postponed due to the former being in Portugal to contest the EuroHockey Indoor Challenge I.
Pembroke will play on Wednesday night against Muckross while there are two matches on Thursday – Dublin derbies between Old Alex and UCD along with Railway Union against Loreto.
UCD 1 (S Young) Loreto 1 (H Matthews)
UCD and Loreto shared the points which leaves them in fourth, six points off the leaders and third, one point off the leaders.
The teams traded first half goals between Sarah Young and Hannah Matthews to draw their meeting at Belfield 1-1. Young put the students ahead before Matthews equalised from a penalty stroke.