Julia McCarthy loved a dream debut as Cork Harlequins’ fresh-faced line-up grabbed a gap level from their Munster derby towards Catholic Institute on Saturday.
After a tumultuous summer season which noticed a big turnover of gamers, coach Darren Collins was “delighted” to get the end result having fielded one of many youngest groups within the EY Hockey League’s historical past.
With their opening sport of the season towards Muckross not going forward over Covid considerations, there was loads of scope to be under-cooked however Quins confirmed up nicely towards an Institute aspect who had impressed per week in the past.
“We went into it a bit involved as we hadn’t been capable of get sufficient observe matches beforehand,” Collins informed the Irish Examiner. “With eight of the squad of 14 Beneath-18, having such a younger staff will take time to get used to the tempo of EYHL hockey.
“Institute had extra probabilities than us and possibly had been unfortunate to not take just a few however I used to be delighted with the way in which our staff fought again to stage the match.”
A number of that was all the way down to the efficiency of goalkeeper Lorna Bateman between the posts whereas Lauren Cripps, Cliodhna Sargent, Yvonne O’Byrne and Michelle Barry had been additionally key figures.
Institute did hit them for a first-half benefit once they turned a Quins’ attacking penalty nook right into a pitch-length counter through Aoife Hickey and Rosie Pratt to arrange Naomi Carroll to attain towards her previous membership.
Bateman stored them in it till deep into the ultimate quarter when McCarthy snatched her likelihood and the 1-1 end result.
In Munster, Ashton’s girls made it two from two with a powerful away win over Waterford with Laura Lynch netting a double. Cork C of I acquired on the board with a 3-1 victory over Limerick however UCC’s date with Bandon was known as off as a result of a constructive check for Covid-19.
On the boys’s aspect, C of I gained the most recent instalment of their age-old rivalry towards Harlequins 2-1. All of the targets got here within the final 13 minutes with Rob Sweetnam netting from a nook for the blues just for Andrew Dale to make it 1-1 quickly after.
Mark Collins, although, snatched a winner with a pleasant contact to complete off from Jonny Bruton’s help.
Waterford are flying excessive because of a 4-0 win over Catholic Institute whereas Midleton acquired their first ever Division One objective through John McEvoy however UCC got here away with the factors on a 3-1 scoreline.