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Dungannon are riding high at the top of the women's Ulster Premier League after a 1-0 win over Ballymoney on Saturday saw them go level with their opponents on points with a game in hand.

Samantha Kelly's 55th minute goal, set up by team captain Karen Elliott, separated the teams in a hard fought contest at the Joey Dunlop Centre. Elliott says the Co Tyrone team, in only their third season in the top-tier of Ulster hockey, are delighted at the progress that has been achieved so far.

"Having enjoyed our past two seasons in the Premiership, the target this season was to build on the solid performances we had achieved last year and try and narrow the differences between the teams that had finished above us and to end the league within the top three." she said.

"Last season we felt at times we under performed and knew this is something we could improve on this year. Having been guided up through the leagues by Norman Purdy, this season Stuart Bell took the reigns as our senior club coach." 

"Stuart’s passion and commitment to all the teams at Dungannon is reflecting throughout the club with both first and second XIs topping their leagues at this stage of the season. We have been fortunate over the past five years that we have been able to hold onto all our top players who have come through our junior club and the Royal School Dungannon and this has helped enormously to build a team and club spirit which has seen all our sides benefit." 

"We have recently gained Leanne Cassels from Portadown, whom we knew was a competitive player with a desire to play good hockey. It is a boost to Dungannon that she feels we can help her to further develop her game and in the few weeks since she transferred she appears to have settled in well and, as with the rest of our squad, we hope the best is still to come." 

"What we have learned is that matches can be decided by very fine margins but everyone’s determination and effort on and off the pitch is showing through our results so far. There is a really good vibe at the club which is a huge driving force for all teams."

Meanwhile, Stefanie McCullough hit a hat-trick for Banbridge in their 5-0 win over basement side Portadown and Shannon Atkinson and Judithe Allen were on target for Ulster Elks in their 2-0 win over Rainey.

In Senior One, Lisnagarvey dropped their first points of the campaign when they were held to a 2-2 draw by Raphoe in Donegal while Ballymena capitalised as Becky Reynolds gave them a 1-0 win over Priorians in Derry.

In the men's Ulster Premier League, Chris Barnes marked his return to Instonians with a five-goal haul in a 9-1 win over Antrim which took his team to the top of the table.

Kirk Cup champions Kilkeel stay third after beating Newry 3-1 while South Antrim were 2-0 winners over Cliftonville with both goals coming from Adam Glass. In the Co Down derby, Kilkeel went ahead midway through first half through William Annett, who cut inside and then sent a reverse strike through the keeper's legs.

But Newry were back on level terms seven minutes later when Colin McKnight converted a penalty-corner switch. Kilkeel regained the lead on 55 minutes when Andrew Johnston found David Rae, who beat a couple of Newry players, before finding William Annett who calmly slotted home to get his brace.

The Kirk Cup champions sealed the win with a minute left with good build up play from the back through midfield finding Eddie Agnew who beat two defenders before slotting past Lindsay Beck in the Newry goal. 

In the Irish Senior Cup, Sean Murray and Matty Nelson scored the goals as Lisnagarvey beat Railway 2-0 but there were defeats for the other three Ulster sides.

Mossley went down 4-3 on penalties after doing well to hold Pembroke to a 3-3 draw while Cookstown went down 5-2 to Three Rock and Queen's were beaten 6-0 by Glenanne. 

In the Irish Hockey Trophy, Ross Anderson scored a hat-trick for NICS in their 5-3 win over Kilkenny while Raphoe shocked North Down with a 2-1 penalty win after a 2-2 draw at Comber. Bangor gained revenge for their recent league defeat by Portadown as they won the rematch 5-1 in the second-tier Irish competition. 

Stephen Hamill opened the scoring for Bangor in the third minute with a superb reverse stick strike, and just three minutes later they had doubled their lead. Schoolboy Matthew Willis on hand to finish a free flowing move. and then, in the 22nd minute, Hamill got his second of the game to make it 3-0, this time finishing from close-range after more good build up play.

Portadown bossed the early exchanges in the second half, and pulled one back in the 46th minute courtesy of an Adam Stevenson low drag flick from a penalty corner. However, in the 50th minute Bangor restored their three goal cushion with another reverse strike, this time from Simon Cox. Portadown missed a penalty stroke in the 56th minute and Bangor completed the scoring in the 69th minute with a Ryan Burgess strike.


Ulster Premier League:

Instonians 9 (C Barnes 5, W Robinson 2, J Palmer, S Kelso) Antrim 1 (D Wilson)
Kilkeel 3 (W Annett 2, E Agnew) Newry Olympic 1 (C McKnight)
Cliftonville 0 South Antrim 2 (A Glass 2)

Irish Senior Cup – Quarter Final:
Mossley 3 (J Robinson 2, A Boyd) Pembroke Wanderers 3 (H Spain, C Murphy, K O’Hare), Pembroke won shoot-out 4-3

Round 2:
Lisnagarvey 2 (S Murray, M Nelson) Railway Union 0
Queens University 0 Glenanne 6 (S O’Donoghue 2, S Boucher, G Shaw, A Clayton, N Byrne)
Three Rock Rovers 5 (J Mullins, J Hosking, B Walker, M Darling, D Walsh) Cookstown 2 (M Kerr, G Allen)

Irish Hockey Trophy
Round 2:

NICS 5 (R Anderson 3, A Gill, C Banister) Kilkenny 3 (E Hughes 2, B Johnson)
North Down 2 Raphoe 2 (Raphoe won 2-1 on pens)
Portadown 1 (A Stevenson) Bangor 5 (S Hamill 2, M Willis, R Burgess, S Cox)

Ulster Premier League:

Ballymoney 0 Dungannon 1 (S Kelly)
Ulster Elks 2 (S Atkinson, J Allen) Rainey 0

Senior One:
Armagh 1 (S Anderson) CI 0
Omagh 4 (E Short 2, A Buchanan, J Hood) Knock 1 (C Little)
Priorians 0 Ballymena 1 (R Reynolds)
Raphoe 2 (V Wray, S Barnett) Lisnagarvey 2 (S Holdsworth, R Houston)
Victorians 1 (S Patterson) Ballyclare 0

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