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A last gasp goal from Sean Murray secured Lisnagarvey a dramatic 3-2 win over holders Banbridge in a thrilling Irish Senior Cup first round game at Havelock Park on Sunday.

There were just 30 seconds remaining when the Irish international striker drilled the ball past Gareth Lennox in the Bann goal for the winner. Murray, realising time was short, took a free to himself and struck home from the edge of the circle to prompt the celebrations after what had been a superb advert for Ulster and Irish hockey.

Garvey had come from behind to lead 2-1 but it looked like a penalty shoot-out was going to be needed to determine the outcome before Murray pounced. Bann went ahead early on when Philip Brown converted a sixth minute set-piece only for Garvey skipper Daniel Buser to reply in similar fashion four minutes later.

Buser then made it 2-1 two minutes later when he netted at the far post to give the Hillsborough side the lead at the interval. But Bann came storming back and Alexander Tinney hit the equaliser with 18 minutes left before Murray's stunning winner.

Annadale had fewer problems disposing of Trinity College 3-0 a goal from new Australian signing Oliver Flack being followed by two more from Craig Getty and Peter Caruth.On Saturday, Kilkeel started a good cup weekend for the Ulster trio who were in action, when they defeated Avoca 3-2 in a penalty shootout after David Finlay had scored twice for the visitors in a 2-2 draw in regulation time in Dublin.

In the women's competition, Ulster sides had mixed fortunes but Pegasus are safely through to the next round after a hat-trick from Lucy McKee steered them to a 12-0 win over Corinthian at Upper Malone yesterday.

Bizarrely, in the circumstances, it took Pegasus 23 minutes to break the deadlock but the floodgates then opened as they scored six times in the space of 11 minutes after leading 2-0 at the break

"I was happy with some of the things we tried to do once we had made the initial breakthrough after a slow start." said Pegasus coach Ali McNeill.

Lurgan were the province's only other winners as they secured an impressive 2-0 win over EY IHL side Trinity at the Co Armagh venue. First half goals from Sarah McClure and Lauren Wright did the trick although the Dublin side staged a fight back after the break, hitting the woodwork on two occasions.

However, there were defeats for Dungannon, who lost 7-1 to Cork Harlequins and Banbridge, who went down 5-0 to Old Alex.

On Saturday, Pegasus were unable to break down a resolute Railway Union defence as their EYHL clash ended scoreless. Pegasus coach McNeill was far from unhappy at the result as her team remain unbeaten after three matches, keeping their play-off chances very much alive although it is very early days.

"Our keeper touched the ball only once in the entire match and I thought we dominated the second half." she said.

"But we're happy enough with the start we have made after beating Trinity in our opening game and then drawing with Harlequins in Cork last week as well."

Railway keeper Grace O'Flanagan was called into action early on when she got down well to save from Alex Speers and Shirley McCay in quick succession. Then, following the best move of the match in the 17th minute, the Railway defence breathed a sigh of relief as McCay's first-time shot went narrowly over the bar after Speers and Ruth Maguire had combined to set up the chance.

The Dublin side didn't pose much of an attacking threat but they did look dangerous on the break and former international Emma Smyth went close in the final quarter. Then with the last action of the match, O'Flanagan reacted superbly to turn away a backhand shot from Taite Doherty.

Ards also remain unbeaten in the IHL after a 1-1 draw with Cork Harlequins at Londonderry Park. Amy Benson put the hosts in front in the 53rd minute but Rebecca Barry levelled from a set-piece rebound with seven minutes left. Chloe Brown could have snatched Ards a last minute winner but her penalty corner effort was taken off the line by a defender.

Ballymoney are continuing to impress in the Ulster Premier League after former Ireland striker Nikki Parke scored twice in a 3-0 win over Portadown, Rainey drew 0-0 with Ulster Elks while there were wins in the Irish Hockey Trophy for Mossley and Omagh.

Also on Saturday, in the men's EYHL,  Garvey's Andy Williamson hit a hat trick in the second half to help secure  a 6-3 victory over Pembroke while Banbridge beat local rivals Annadale 4-0 at Havelock Park.

In the men's Ulster Premier League, pride of place went to Bangor, who were surprise 5-4 victors over Civil Service, David McClune with a late winner at the seaside. Service striker Chris Barnes continued his remarkable scoring exploits with all four of the goals but it was all in vain.

On day one of the expanded 14-team men's top-flight, there were also wins for Belfast Harlequins - posting the biggest tally of the day with a 5-0 success over Raphoe - Portadown, Mossley Newry and South Antrim.



Ards 1 (A Benson) Cork Harlequins 1 (R Barry)
Monkstown 0 Pembroke Wanderers 4 (A Naughton; K Marshall. O Macken. L Noble)
Pegasus 0 Railway Union 0
Trinity (S Campbell) 1 UCD 3 (E Russell, K Mullan, D Duke).

Irish Senior Cup First Round:
Banbridge 0 Old Alex 5
Dungannon 1 (G Mulligan) Cork Harlequins 7
Lurgan 2 (S McClure, L Wright) Trinity 0
Pegasus 12 (L McKee 3, R McMillan 2, A Speers 2, K McKee, S McCay, H Grieve, R Maguire, M Harvey) Corinthian 0

Irish Hockey Trophy First Round:

Armagh 0 Bandon 3
Cookstown 0 Mossley 5 (N McMillan 3, S McDowell, A Jones)
Lisnagarvey 1 (R Houston) Cork Church of Ireland 2
North Down 1 (O Brown) Avoca 2
Omagh 2 (A Buchanan, D Darragh) Ashton 0
Raphoe 2 (V Wrey, S Paterson) Catholic Institute 6

Ulster Premier League:
Ballymoney 3 (O Mullan, N Parke 2) Portadown 0
Rainey 0 Ulster Elks 0

Senior One:
Ballyclare 0 Victorians 3 (E Conlin 2, J Orr)


Ulster Premier League

Bangor 5 (R Cunningham, M McComb 2, Z McKee, D McClune) NICS 4 (C Barnes 4)
Belfast Harlequins 5 (M McKenna 2, M Patterson 2, S McGrath) Raphoe 0
Cliftonville 2 (J McCleery, M McParland) Portadown 3 (G Titler 2, J Davison)
Mossley 3 (J Robinson 2, H Dow) Antrim 1 (A McBride)
Newry 3 (M Russell, D England, C McKnight) Queen's 2 (N Gamble, M Getty).

Banbridge 4 (P Brown 3, D Ward) Annadale 0
Cork C of I 2 (J Jermyn, S Miller) Cookstown 1 (A Barbour)
Pembroke Wanderers 3 (A Sothern 2, N Burns) Lisnagarvey 6 (A Williamson 3, S Murray 2, M Nelson)
Railway Union 0 Monkstown 2 (K Smith, D Carson)
Three Rock Rovers 2 (P Blakeney, B Walker) Glenanne 3 (E O’Malley 2, R Couse)

Irish Senior Cup First Round
Avoca 2 (J Elmes 2) Kilkeel 2 (D Finlay 2), Kilkeel won shoot-out 3-2

Clontarf 1 Railway Union 3
Rathgar 0 Pembroke 4
Dublin University 0 Annadale 3 (O Flack, P Caruth, C Getty)
Banbridge 2 (P Brown, A Tinney) Lisnagarvey 3 (D Buser 2, S Murray)
Monkstown 9 Corinthian 0

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