Saturday, February 21, 2009

Irish Hockey Challenge results

Leinster duo Naas and YMCA entered their names into the hat for the IHC semi-final draw today, joining Clonmel who qualified last week with a 4-0 win over Athlone.

YM ousted division 14-side Monkstown 4-1, though both sides showed ability well above their current league status in an open free-flowing contest in Sandymount. Sarah Bradshaw opened the scoring for Y but Katie Hutch's penalty corner brought the game level.

Helen Keane restored the advantage before Fiona McCormick made it 3-1 by half-time. Monkstown - in their return year to women's hockey - pressed on after the break but could not force their way back into the game and Emily Bradshaw settled matters for YM.

Naas, meanwhile, won by the odd goal in seven in a thriller at Caragh Road, beating Greenfields - Orla Brennan, Bebhin Carey, Amy Young and Reacy Dunlop got the scores.

They will be joined in the last four by either Fermoy or Wexford II who play on Sunday.

Results: Naas 4 (Orla Brennan, Bebhin Carey, Amy Young and Reacy Dunlop) Greenfields 3 (Alma Whelan, Mary Healy, Ali Ryan); YMCA 4 (Sarah Bradshaw, Helen Keane, Fiona McCormick, Emily Bradshaw) Monkstown 1 (Katie Hutch)

Fixture (Sunday): Fermoy v Wexford II
*For more pictures from the YMCA vs Monkstown game, click here

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