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On a weekend of mixed fortunes for Ulster sides highlighted by a first domestic league triumph for  Kilkeel, Pegasus were soundly beaten 4-0 by the holders UCD in Sunday's women's Irish Senior Cup final in Dublin.

The students broke the deadlock in the 13th minute when Lena Tice's free was converted by Emma Russell. Abbie Russell made it 2-0 in the 42nd minute when she volleyed home a cross from Orla Patton.

Katie Mullan added a third when she sent a penalty corner low into the net past Pegasus goalkeeper Sammy-Jo Greer. With two minutes remaining and Pegasus tiring, Sorcha Clarke wrapped up the win when she tapped Deirdre Duke's cross.

Pegasus coach Ali McNeill was magnanimous in defeat. She said: "We were beaten by the better team on the day and they are a class act, so well done to them."

"I thought we started okay and their first goal maybe came against the run of play. But when the second went in, we had to really chase the game and I think we showed signs of tiredness near the end."

"It was a tight turnaround after a tough game on Saturday but it was the same for them so, no excuses."

UCD included a trio of Ulster players in Ireland captain Katie Mullan, fellow international Leah Maguire and Bethany Barr. Maguire said: "We're delighted to have won the final against a Pegasus team we knew would be tough."

"We weren't happy with our performance against Loreto, who took us to penalties in the semi-final, and were determined to make amends."

Mullan was a major influence throughout with her probing runs and she capped a fine display with the third goal. The Coleraine woman added: "It certainly didn't feel as comfortable as the score suggests and we had to work hard for it."

"Pegasus started well and had an early penalty corner gone it it might have been different but we wanted to get our passing game right and I think we did that."

In Saturday's semi-final, Kate Gourley's second half goal gave Pegasus a 1-0 semi final win over Belfast Harlequins at Deramore. But had it not been for some heroics by Quins' keeper Helen Stevenson, the margin could have been more emphatic.

Stevenson, who hadn't played all season and was drafted in as a late replacement for concussion victim Marianne Fox, pulled off two superb stops from Lucy McKee early on and then Zoe Wilson took a shot off the line from the same player.

Harlequins couldn't be faulted for their effort but will have been disappointed that they failed to get a shot on target in the entire first half. Seven minutes after the restart, Gourley got the all-important goal when she got on the end of a backhand shot from Ruth Maguire. Quins took off Stevenson with seven minutes left to have an extra outfield player and they pressed forward relentlessly but the ploy failed to pay off as Pegasus skilfully wound the clock down at every opportunity.

In the Irish Hockey Trophy final in Dublin, Mossley fell to an agonising penalty shootout defeat to Catholic Institute following a 3-3 draw, having led 3-2 with only four minutes left.

Queen's moved back to the top of the Ulster Premier League after two goals apiece from Anna Hutchinson and Emily McStea helped them to a 5-0 win over Ballymoney to set up a potential title decider with Lurgan on Monday night.

Kilkeel men lifted the Ulster Premier title for the first time following a 3-1 win over Bangor in the title decider.

Bangor took an early lead through Chris Campbell but David Rae levelled before the break and Mark Stevenson sealed the win and the title with a second half set piece double.

In Saturday's other Premier games, Antrim defeated Raphoe 5-0 and NICS were 7-4 away winners over Newry.

In the men's Irish Senior Cup semi-finals, Lisnagarvey were beaten 3-0 by Pembroke Wanderers and Three Rock Rovers defeated Glenanne 5-1.  Banbridge kept alive their hopes of a place in the EY Irish Hockey League play-offs with a 2-1 win over Railway Union but Cookstown remain in relegation trouble after a 3-2 away loss to Monkstown.

In the game at Comber Road, Garvey made a bad start when they conceded goals to Pembroke's Stephen Sweetnam and Ronan Flannery in the opening 10 minutes. The Hillsborough side, despite dominating possession, were left with too much to do after Irish international Alan Sothern made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in the 39th minute.

In the EYHL, Banbridge remain four points adrift of the fourth and final play-off place despite beating bottom side Railway Union at Havelock Park. Johnny McKee scored twice in the first half, one from a penalty corner  and the other after an Owen Magee assist as Bann moved into a 2-0 interval lead. Railway pulled a goal back with four minutes left when Kenny Carroll flicked the ball home but the home team held on.

Cookstown remain in the relegation play-off position and seven points from safety after their loss to Monkstown. The Ulster side took an early lead through Scott McCabe but Monkstown led 3-1 at half-time following goals from Guy Sarrat (2) and Andrew Ward before Stuart Smyth's late reply.

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