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Lurgan will meet Queen's in a repeat of last year's Denman Ulster Shield final on Boxing Day after comfortably seeing off Mossley and Banbridge respectively in Sunday's semi finals at Stormont.

The holders defeated Mossley 4-1 while in the curtain-raiser while Queen's were too strong for Bann as they reached their third final in a row with a resounding 5-0 success. Simon Bell's team never looked back after taking a first minute lead although the students' coach knows his side will have to improve if they are to avenge last year's 3-1 defeat by Lurgan in the showpiece.

"We played well in patches but we can do better and we will have to in the final but it's good to be there once again." said Bell.

Tori Hastings got Queen's off to the perfect start when she scored from open play just 35 seconds after the opening whistle. Emily McStea made it 2-0 shortly before the break leaving Banbridge, who were competing in their first Shield semi-final, with a mountain to climb.

But it was virtually 'game over' when Clare Whiteside made it 3-0 at the far post after good work by Erin Getty and McStea tipped in a Hastings penalty corner to make it four. Irish international Jessica McMaster scored the best of the bunch near the end when she hammered in a reverse-stick to complete the scoring.

Lurgan also got off to a great start against Mossley in the second semi as team captain Sarah McClure unleashed a terrific shot which flew into the roof of the net in the opening minutes.

Lauren Wright added a second goal before half-time to make Mossley's task all the more difficult and it became mission impossible when Charlene Stewart made it 3-0 from a penalty-corner early in the second half.

Mossley pulled one back after the break through an excellent effort from Kathryn Smiley but Stewart wrapped things up when she added number four from another set-piece.

Meanwhile, Ballymoney consolidated their position at the top of the Ulster Premier League as Olivia Mullan scored the winner in a 1-0 victory over Randalstown. But Dungannon are still very much in contention as Laura White's double strike earned them a 2-0 win over Ulster Elks while North Down beat Portadown 2-1 in a crucial game at the other end of the table.

In Senior One leaders Priorians drew 0-0 with Balymena and Lisnagarvey took advantage as Rachel Houston scored twice in a 5-1 win at Ballyclare while Omagh defeated Knock 3-1.

In the EYHL, Pegasus and Ards were the Ulster winners in Sunday's games and Belfast Harlequins were just two minutes away from completing a memorable hat-trick for the province only to be denied by a late equaliser from their Cork namesakes in a thrilling 3-3 draw at Deramore.

After a 2-0 defeat by defending champions UCD on Saturday, Pegasus bounced back with an impressive 3-2 victory over Pembroke Wanderers. Ards made it a perfect six-point, clean sheet weekend by beating Monkstown 1-0 in Dublin following a 2-0 home success over Trinity 24 hours earlier.

Harlequins, who had lost 3-2 to Railway Union on Saturday, will be disappointed to have thrown away a first-quarter 2-0 lead against the Munster side. But it looked like they were going to make amends when they led 3-2 with just four minutes left after Zoe Wilson converted from the penalty spot.

However, they had difficulty clearing their lines as Cork pressed forward in the dying minutes and Irish international Roisin Upton banged home a penalty-corner to earn a share of the spoils. Jenny McAuley from close-range and Lizzie Colvin, with a penalty corner reminiscent of the one she got for Ireland in the World League 3 win over India, scored in the opening 10 minutes.

But Upton pulled one back from a set-piece scoring on her reverse after the initial move had broken down, to reduce the deficit at the break. Caoimhe Perdue levelled matters early in the second half on the counter attack and then Wilson looked to have won it only for Upton to get her second goal of the match from another corner.

Pegasus twice came from behind to beat Pembroke, Lucy McKee and Hannah Grieve scoring in each half before Alex Speers grabbed the winner with seven minutes left. Ards' new signing from Randalstown, Faye Kidd got the only goal of the game as Ards beat Monkstown in Dublin.

Bangor are still riding high at the top of the men's Premier League following an impressive 5-2 win over south Antrim in Lisburn where Rhys Cunningham hit a hat-trick. Civil Service came from 3-0 and 4-1 down to level with North Down at 4-4 thanks to Stephen Armstrong's equaliser only for the Comber side's Josh Gilmore to net the winner. 

Instonians and Kilkeel maintained their unbeaten records, William Robinson and Gavin Lecky netting for Inst in a 2-0 win at Newry while Gareth Russell got two for the Co Down side in their 4-2 comeback victory over Harlequins.

Harry Dow hit a hat-trick for Mossley in their 4-1 win at Raphoe while Portadown beat Antrim 3-1 and Queen's got off the mark with a 4-0 success over Cliftonville.

In the EYHL, Cookstown twice came from behind to secure a well deserved point from a 2-2 draw with Lisnagarvey, goals from Stuart Smyth and Scott McCabe cancelling out a brilliant opener from Johnny Bell and a spectacular second from Neal Glassey.

Banbridge have slipped into the bottom four after Three Rock came from behind after Neil Gilmore's opener to win 4-1 at Havelock Park, the turning point coming when Jamie Carr saved a Philip Brown penalty stroke early in the second half with his team trailing 2-1. Annadale lost 3-0 to an Alan Sothern-inspired Pembroke, the Ireland star grabbing two of the goals at Strathearn where his fellow international Kirk Shimmins was also on target.



Belfast Harlequins 3 (J McAuley, L Colvin, Z Wilson) Cork Harlequins 3
Monkstown 0  Ards 1 (F Kidd)
Pembroke 2  Pegasus 3 (L McKee, H Grieve, A Speers)
Railway Union 2 Trinity 2
UCD 3 Loreto 1

Denman Ulster Shield Semi-Finals:
Queen's 5 (T Hastings, E McStea 2, C Whiteside, J McMaster) Banbridge 0
Lurgan 4 (S McClure, L Wright, C Stewart 2) Mossley 1 (K Smylie)


Monkstown 0 Cork Harlequins 4
Loreto 2 Pembroke 1
Ards 2 (C Brown, F Brown) Trinity 0
UCD 2 Pegasus 0
Railway Union 3 Belfast Harlequins 2 (J Watt, Z Wilson)

Ulster Premier League:

Ballymoney 1 (O Mullan) Randalstown 0
Dungannon 2 (L White 2) Ulster Elks 0
Portadown 1 (L Cassells) North Down 2 (K Sinclair, R Lucas) 

Senior One:
Ballyclare 1 (K Dixon) Lisnagarvey 5 (R Houston 2, L McCracken, A Morwood, L McDonnell)
Ballymena 0 Priorians 0
Knock 1 (C Little) Omagh 3 (J Hood 2, L Pinkerton)

Senior Cup:
Raphoe 6 (L. Smith 3, W Patterson, E Harper, G Reid) Armagh 1 (K Johnston)



Lisnagarvey 2 (N Glassey, J Bell) Cookstown 2 (S McCabe, S Smyth)
Banbridge 1 (N Gilmore) Three Rock 4 (K Mullins, M Darling, R Canning, B Walker)
Annadale 0 Pembroke 3 (A Sothern 2, K Shimmins)
Monkstown 3 (G Sarratt 2, A Ward) Cork C of I 2 (P Brownlow, J Jermyn)
Railway 0 Glenanne 2 (S O'Donoghue, S Brownlow)

Ulster Premier League

Portadown 3 (S Johnston, G Titler, J Brown) Antrim 1 (D Wilson)
Raphoe 1 (J Wilson) Mossley 4 (H Dow 3, J Robinson)
Queen's 4 (J Hermon, B Wolseley, C Anderson, M Getty) Cliftonville 0
South Antrim 2 (P Maguire, J Moore) Bangor 5 (R Cunningham 3, R Burgess, M McComb)
Newry 0 Instonians 2 (W Robinson, G Leckey)
North Down 5 (J Gilmore 2, J Clarke, P Wilson, J Moore) Civil Service 4 (C Barnes 2, M Johnston, S Armstrong)
Harlequins 2 (L M McClelland, M Patterson) Kilkeel 4 (G Russell 2, D Finlay, J Aiken)


Cork C of I 2 (J Jermyn, A Moffatt) Railway Union 0 

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