Corinthian completed a dream weekend when they backed up their Saturday Irish Senior Cup win over Banbridge with a dramatic 3-2 win over Cork C of I on the opening weekend of the women’s EY Hockey League Division 2.
In a topsy-turvy contest, Lauren McGrane got the final touch from a scrappy contest in the circle but Emma Rumley announced her return to action with the equaliser to make it 1-1 at half-time.
And the Garryduff side went ahead soon after half-time when Nicola Kerr sent a dangerous ball into the mixer which Amy Roberts pounced on to finish.
Jessica McGrane equalised in the 42nd minute and the Dubliners won it with seven minutes to go when youth international Milly Lynch was on the mark as the reds withstood a late barrage.
Elsewhere in Pool A, NUIG picked up a useful away draw at Lurgan. Maebhdh Corcoran netted from the Galway side’s first attack of the day and they went on to withstand plenty of Lurgan pressure with Anna O’Donoghue making the saves.
They did eventually level with five minutes to go via Lydia McNeill, earning a 1-1 draw.
In Pool B, Ards won an absolute classic at Londonderry Park against Ulster rivals Queen’s. Koren Ferguson started the scoring in the first quarter but former international Emma Reid’s striaght hit from a corner made it 1-1.
Frankie Brown hit the post just before the main interval to keep it that way but Queen’s returned to the lead when Jessica McMaster reacted quickest to a ball bouncing off a foot in the Ards’ circle.
Ellen Robinson got her first of the day with 15 minutes left and then nicked her second for 3-2 with nine minutes from a melee. Tori Hastings’ penalty stroke tied it up yet again but Robinson completed her 15 minute hat trick for a famous 4-3 success.
In Galway, UCC came away with a 2-1 win courtesy of first half goals from Jenny Clein and Lauren Ryan with Aine Collins getting the reply for hosts Greenfields.
The next round of action takes place in two weeks time with NUIG hosting Corinthian and Trinity facing Lurgan in Pool A while Pool B sees Monkstown take on Greenfields and Ards host UCC.
EYHL Division 2
Pool A: Corinthian 3 (L McGrane, J McGrane, M Lynch) Cork C of I 2 (E Rumley, A Roberts); Lurgan 1 (L McNeill) NUIG 1 (M Corcoran)
Pool B: Ards 4 (E Robinson 3, E Reid) Queens University 3 (K Ferguson, J McMaster, T Hastings); Greenfields 1 (A Collins) UCC 2 (J Clein, L Ryan)