The double-dream stayed alive as Railway Union beat UCD on penalty strokes to reach their first Jacqui Potter cup final since 2006. The students were their opponent's that day, too, and ended up victorious but stripped of the services of Roisin Flinn and Lisa Jacob, were unable to repeat their penalty stroke victories over Loreto and Hermes in the ISC.
The pair were not released from afternoon Irish training in time for the 4.45pm tip-off time but Fiona Bradish did give UCD the lead from an excellent break-out goal.
Kate Dillon (pictured taking on Liz McInerney) responded from the second phase of a short-corner but neither side could score again either in the second half or extra-time, especially thanks to the superb work of Grace O'Flanagan.
UCD got the early advantage in the penalty competition when Jean McDonnell shot wide but Helen Stevenson saved twice and another UCD effort hit the post. Strokes from Dillon, Hannah de Burgh-Whyte and Emer Lucey took the win.
Bray 0 Hermes 3 (Jenny Burke, Sinead McDonnell, Anna O'Flanagan)
Hermes denied Bray a first-ever Leinster senior cup final day-out, winning 3-0 in Wicklow. The experienced Jenny Burke netted the opener with Sinead McDonnell and Anna O'Flanagan adding to the tally.
Hermes now go into their fourth final in the past five years hoping to repeat last year's victory over Trinity.