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Ards have been relegated from the second division of the European Indoor championship after losing 5-1 to Slough in their final match of the tournament in Prague on Sunday.

Now Gareth Grundie's side will be turning their attention to the weekend's's crucial EY Irish Hockey League clash with Belfast Harlequins, who will be in buoyant mood after a 2-1 Irish Senior Cup second round win over Pembroke on Saturday.

Temperatures in the Czech capital plummeted to minus six degrees over the weekend which obviously didn't affect the indoor event but Grundie is concerned that his team might be caught cold as they prepare for Saturday's game at Londonderry Park.

He said: "We won't arrive back until late on Monday so we won't be training in our usual slot and with snow forecast for Wednesday, it's not looking good as far as training then is concerned. But at least we were able to play plenty of hockey in Prague although we are naturally disappointed that we will be back in the third division next season."

"Silly mistakes particularly in the key match on Friday against the Croatian side, which we knew was going to be key, cost us dearly and that 2-0 defeat left us with too much to do. We had a chance of staying up if we beat Slough by three goals and we gambled by taking off our keeper when it was 1-1 in the first half but we were left exposed so it didn't pay off."

On Saturday, having earlier lost 4-1 to Lithuanians Gintra Ards were ahead on three occasions against Stade Francais after two goals from Chloe Brown and one from Linzi Hamilton. But the French side scored from a late penalty stroke to win 4-3 to leave the Irish champions with too much to do yesterday when Sara Alexander got the consolation goal.

Meanwhile, Zoe Wilson is looking forward to an Irish Senior Cup quarter-final date with Cork Harlequins after inspiring their Belfast namesakes to that win over Pembroke at Deramore. The 55-times capped Irish international had a hand in both goals after Pembroke had taken a first half lead.

Hayley O'Donnell put Pembroke ahead after the Dublin side had edged the first 35 minutes. But Quins hit back 15 minutes after the break when  Wilson initiated the move which ended in Jenna Watt scoring from a swift counter attack.

With seven minutes remaining, Wilson was again involved in the build up as another breakaway following a corner at the other end resulted in Abigail Edwards scoring the winner.

Wilson missed the 4-3 IHL loss in Cork earlier in the season as she was coaching Ballyclare High in a Belfast Telegraph Senior Cup quarter-final and she can't wait to take part in the rematch. The 20-year-old said: "I will be excited to play them again, having also drawn 3-3 in the home IHL game."

"They are a very good side although with cup games it really can go either way on the day. The Pembroke game was tough, playing against a team with a similar style to our own. It was a fast counter attacking  game with both sides having good goal scoring opportunities." 

Lurgan meanwhile put up a brave battle against holders UCD before bowing out on a 3-1 scoreline at the Armagh venue.

Emma Lindsay put Lurgan ahead from a rebound in the sixth minute but Jane O'Brien equalised 12 minutes later. The hosts gave as good as they got against the IHL leaders in the early stages of the second half only to be undone by goals in the last 10 minutes from Emma Russell and Sarah Robinson.

Fomer Lurgan player Emily McStea scored twice as Queen's beat Ballymoney 3-1 in the top of the table Ulster Premier League game at the Joey Dunlop Centre as the students took over at the summit.

Elsewhere, Randalstown were 1-0 winners over North Down while Banbridge and Dungannon fought out a 1-1 draw and in Senior One, there's no stopping Garvey who beat CI 5-0, helped by a hat-trick from Alyssa Jebb.

Mossley are through to the semi-final of the IHT after a 3-1 penalaty shoot out win over Cork C of I after the hosts had come from a goal down to draw 1-1 in regulation time.

In the men's Ulster Premier, two goals from Ryan Burgess gave Bangor a 2-1 win at Mossley while Instonians kept up the pressure on the leaders. Dane Ward and Gavin Leckey scored in the 2-0 home victory over Portadown, with Harlequins and South Antrim drawing 1-1.

Ballynahinch will meet Catholic Institute in the final of the IHT after beating Cliftonville in a shootout following a 1-1 draw.

In the John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup quarter-finals, Methodist College defeated arch rivals RBAI 1-0 while Wallace High cruised to an 8-1 win over Regent House. Sullivan also progress following a 3-0 win over Campbell College. 

In the EYHL, Cookstown are in difficulty after losing 3-2 to bottom club Railway Union as Mark English gave the Dublin side hope of avoiding relegation a huge boost as he fired home the winner at Park Avenue.

It moved them level with the Co Tyrone side on points – but several goals back on goal difference – setting up a big battle between them over their last six games to decide who goes into the relegation playoff spot and who goes straight down. Will Fernandez and Ryan Millar exchanged first-half goals before Simon McKeever put Railway in front. Stu Smyth equalised with 10 minutes to go before English reversed into the top corner.

At the top, Glenanne moved an extra couple of points clear, moving into a massive 10-point lead over Lisnagarvey. Shane O’Donoghue scored two penalty corners to put the Glens into the winner’s enclosure against Annadale before Peter Caruth’s goal late in the game made for a few nervous moments. 

Chasers Garvey came unstuck by a Julian Dale wonder goal for Cork C of I, tying the game at 3-3. The Ulster side led three times with Daniel Nelson and Daniel Buser seeing their goals cancelled out by John Jermyn drag-flicks – building his total to five in three games.

Matthew Nelson put Garvey in front yet again at 3-2 but Dale showed an array of 3D skills to take in a Jermyn long ball and then lob James Milliken for 3-3 with five minutes to go.

Banbridge scored three times in the last quarter to beat Pembroke 3-1 at Havelock Park. Pembroke went in front via Alan Sothern’s corner flick in the third quarter but a pair of Philip Brown goals, one from the spot, turned things around before Jonny McKee completed the win in the last few seconds.


Ulster Premier League:

Mossley 1 (H Dow) Bangor 2 (R Burgess 2)
Instonians 2 (D Ward, G Leckey) Portadown 0
Belfast Harlequins 1 (M Patterson) South Antrim 1 (J Patterson)

Antrim 2 (S Clyde, D Wilson) North Down 8 (J Bond 2, J Moore 2, R Linter, J Linter, J Green, G McKeown)
Raphoe 0 Newry 2 (A Irwin 2)
Queen's 7 (M Getty 2, A Doyle, F Harkin, R Blair, N Gamble, R Kelly) Civil Service 5

Annadale 1 (P Caruth) Glenanne 2 (S O’Donoghue 2)
Banbridge 3 (Ph Brown 2, J McKee) Pembroke Wanderers 1 (A Sothern)
Cork C of I 3 (J Jermyn 2, J Dale) Lisnagarvey 3 (D Nelson, D Buser, M Nelson)
Railway Union 3 (W Fernandez, S McKeever, M English) Cookstown 2 (R Millar, S Smyth)

Irish Hockey Trophy Semi-finals:
Ballynahinch 1 (W Edgar) Cliftonville 1 (Arnott) (B'hinch won 3-0 on pens)
Catholic Institute 5 Mullingar 2

John Minnis Estate Agents Burney Cup Quarter-finals:
Methodist College 1 RBAI 0
Regent House 1 Wallace High 8
Sullivan Upper 3 Campbell College 0

EuroHockey Indoor Trophy:

Ards 1 (K Harvey) Gintra Strekte (Lithuania) 4
Ards 3 (C Brown 2, L Hamilton) Stade Francais 4

Ards 1 (K Alexander) Slough 5

Irish Senior Cup Quarter Finals:
Lurgan 1 (E Lindsay) UCD 3 (J O’Brien, E Russell, S Robinson)
Railway Union 0 Loreto 1 (S O’Brien)

Second round:
Belfast Harlequins 2 (J Watt, A Edwards) Pembroke Wanderers 1 (H O’Donnell)

Ulster Premier:
Ballymoney 1 (C Stacey) Queen's 3 (E McStea 2, R McKee)
Banbridge 1 (S McCullough) Dungannon 1 (K Elliott)
Portadown 2 (C Dunn 2) Rainey 0
Randalstown 1 (H Taggart) North Down 0

Senior One:
Armagh 0 Raphoe 4 (W Patterson 2, S Barnett, A Kirkpatrick)
CI 0 Lisnagarvey 5 (A Jebb 3, R Houston, A Morwood)
Knock 0 Ballymena 11 (C Gillespie 4, B Reynolds 4, E Morrison 2, E Anderson)
Priorians 4 (R McSparron, J Kennedy 2, S Black) Ballyclare 0
Victorians 3 (J Orr, E Conlin, R Hewitt) Omagh 2 (A Buchanan, E Shortt)

Irish Hockey Trophy Quarter final:
Mossley 1 (N McMillan) Cork C of I (A Roberts), (Mossley won 3-1 on pens)

Irish Junior Cup Quarter-final:
Ulster Elks 2 (K McFarland, J Hallen) Cork C of I 2 (A O’Mahony 2) ( C of I won 4-3 on pens)

Irish Hockey Challenge:
NUIG 3 Civil Service 0 

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