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Pegasus booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Irish Senior Cup on Sunday with an emphatic 6-0 over Leinster side Genesis to complete a perfect weekend.

On Saturday, they scored an important 1-0 win over Railway Union in Dublin to stay on course for a place in the EYHl play-offs.

Yesterday, after initially finding it hard to break Genesis down, they emerged comfortable winners with goals from Rachael McMillan (2), Michelle Harvey, Shirley McCay, Katie McKee and Taite Doherty. Katie's sister Lucy's first half goal sealed a 1-0 win over Railway at Park Avenue 24 hours earlier but coach Ali McNeill was not overly impressed with the performance.

The Dublin side had the edge in the first-quarter but McKee broke the deadlock in the 20th minute when she scored on the backhand after creating space for herself in the circle. Railway forced a string of penalty-corners in the second-half and Pegasus keeper Sammy-Jo Greer had to make several important saves. The hosts took off their goalkeeper near the end in order to have an extra outfield player but the move failed to produce an equaliser.

In fact Pegasus had their best spell in the dying minutes as they had two set-pieces cleared off the line as Hannah Grieve and Pamela Glass both went close.

Belfast Harlequins threw away a 3-0 lead against Loreto as the Leinster side fought back to snatch a point from a 3-3 at Grosvenor.



Irish international Hannah Matthews hit the equaliser with just 15 seconds left following a disputed penalty-corner. Zoe Wilson put Quins ahead in the 25th minute from a penalty-corner and Jenna Watt scored a brilliant second three minutes into the second-half.

It looked like curtains for Loreto when Jenny McAuley added a third from close-range four minutes later But Matthews replied with two penalty-strokes, the second of which was hotly disputed with Quins alleging 'backsticks' in the build up before the Ireland star completed her hat-trick to leave Quins cursing their luck.

In the other IHL game Chloe Brown scored Ards' consolation in a 5-1 defeat to Cork Harlequins at the Munster venue while UCD moved top after a 7-1 win over Trinity on Sunday.

Ballymoney moved to the top of the Ulster Premier League, after Jan Hamilton hit two of the goals in a 5-1 home win over Ulster Elks. Mossley defeated Rainey 1-0 in Magherafelt in the only other top-flight game to beat the frost, Kathryn Smylie with the second-half goal.

In Senior One, Lisnagarvey warmed up for their Senior Cup final clash with Ballymena by beating Knock 4-0 with goals from Jenna Flynn (2), Jenna McQueen and Anouk Morwood.

Just one game was played in the men's Ulster Premier, goals from Luke McClelland, Chris Lemon (2), David Coates and Adam Tweed scoring in a 5-0 win for Harlequins over Civil Service at Stormont.

In the EYHL it was a disappointing day for Lisnagarvey and Banbridge, who both lost while Cookstown and Annadale drew 1-1 at Strathearn, where Rhiley Carr equalised late on after Michael Kerr's opener for the visitors. Cookstown are now just three points ahead of bottom-club Railway Union who recorded their first win of the campaign, beating Cork c of I 2-1.

Garvey went down 3-1 to Three Rock Rovers at Comber Road, all three of the Dublin side's goals coming from set-pieces after Matty Nelson had scored for the hosts. The Hillsborough side now trail leaders Glenanne by 10 points although they do have the benefit of two games in hand over the Dubliners, who defeated Pembroke 4-3.

Bann lost 3-2 to Monkstown at Havelock Park where late goals from Jamie Wright and Fraser Mills set up a grandstand finish but, ultimately they weren't enough.



Meanwhile, Mossley reached both the boys and girls finals in the inaugural Ulster Under 15 indoor tournament at the Antrim Forum on Sunday, only to lose out in both to Banbridge and Coleraine respectively.

Bann defeated the Newtownabbey side 3-2 in the boys final, player-of-the-tournament Edward Rowe scoring twice with Chris Curry also on target and Conor Morrison and Kent Irwin replying. Eva Gaston won the girls player-of-the-tournament accolade after scoring both goals for Coleraine in a 2-0 win over Mossley in the girls decider.

Overall, the tournament, organised by Ulster Hockey's Jonathan McMeekin, was voted a huge success and it is hoped it will become an annual event.


RESULTS
WOMEN

Saturday: 
EYHL:

Railway Union 0 Pegasus 1 (L McKee)
Cork Harlequins 5 (N Carroll 2, R Upton, O Roycroft, Y O’Byrne) Ards 1 (C Brown)
Belfast Harlequins 3 (Z Wilson, J Watt, J McAuley) Loreto 3 (H Matthews 3)

Ulster Premier:
Ballymoney 5 (J Hamilton 3, N Parke, C Stacey) Ulster Elks 1 (L Paul)
Rainey 0 Mossley 1 (K Smylie)

Senior One:

Knock 0 Lisnagarvey 4 (J Flynn 2, J McQueen, A Morwood)

Sunday: 
EYHL:

UCD 7 Trinity 1

ISC Second Round:

Pegasus 6 (R McMillan 2, M Harvey, S McCay, K McKee, T Doherty) Genesis 0


MEN
EYHL:

Glenanne 4 (S O’Connor, S Boucher, S O’Donoghue, G Shaw) Pembroke 3 (S Sweetnam, A Sothern, R Lynch)
Annadale 1 (R Carr) Cookstown 1 (M Kerr)
Lisnagarvey 1 (M Nelson) Three Rock Rovers 3 (L Madeley 2, R Canning)
Railway Union 2 (R Devlin, S McKeever) Cork C of I 1 (A Gray)
Banbridge 2 (J Wright, F Mills) Monkstown 3 (G Sarratt, D Carson, S Cole)

Ulster Premier:

NICS 0 Belfast Harlequins 5 (L McClelland, C Lemon 2, D Coates, A Tweed)

Irish Hockey Trophy:
Weston 0 Newry 3 (M Russell 2, J Greer) 





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