Limerick will play host to the Hockey League subsequent season for the primary time after Catholic Institute accomplished a near-flawless marketing campaign by beating Queen’s in a shoot-out in Sunday’s IHL 2 play-off last in Dublin to qualify for the highest tier of the competitors.
Institute had topped their pool by successful seven and drawing certainly one of their eight video games earlier than advancing to Saturday’s play-off semi-finals, the place they got here from a purpose right down to beat Trinity 3-2. Queen’s, in the meantime, bought the higher of Monkstown, Jessica McMaster’s early purpose proving to be the one rating of the sport.
However Institute’s promotion prospects seemed bleak sufficient by the half-hour mark, by which period they had been 2-0 right down to Queen’s, and though they levelled the sport by means of Róisín Upton and Laura Foley, they discovered themselves trailing once more with 10 minutes to go. Upton, although, produced one other equaliser from a penalty nook, forcing the sport right into a shoot-out. And it was Upton (twice) and Foley once more who transformed their efforts to provide Institute a 3-2 sudden-death victory.
Queen’s, although, have a second probability to win promotion once they tackle Muckross subsequent Sunday in Banbridge, the Dublin aspect giving themselves an opportunity of retaining their Hockey League standing once they had seemed certs for computerized relegation with simply 4 video games to go. It’s Ards, then, who’re relegated, their 2-1 defeat by Cork Harlequins on Saturday sealing their destiny, whereas Muckross picked up one other level with a draw in opposition to UCD.
Harlequins’ victory, mixed with Pembroke Wanderers’ draw in opposition to Outdated Alexandra, noticed them leapfrog Pembroke in to fourth and declare a spot in subsequent weekend’s Champions Trophy semi-finals for the third successive season. And identical to final 12 months, Hockey League champions Pegasus, Loreto – who beat Harlequins in final 12 months’s last – and UCD be a part of them within the final 4. The pairings are completely different this time round, although, Pegasus taking over the Cork aspect whereas Loreto meet UCD.
Hockey League: Belfast Harlequins 3 (G Frazer, R Johnston, Z Wilson), Pegasus 3 (Ok Miller, C Harvey, C McKane); Cork Harlequins 2 (O Roycroft, Y O’Byrne), Ards 1 (A Benson); Muckross 1 (Y Pratt), UCD 1 (S Patton); Outdated Alexandra 3 (A Connery 3), Pembroke Wanderers 3 (C Foley 2, G Pinder); Railway Union 0, Loreto 1 (G Donald).
Hockey League 2 Play-offs – Semi-finals: Queen’s 1 (J McMaster), Monkstown 0; Catholic Institute 3 (L Foley, Ok Daly, L Cleary), Trinity 2 (I Delamer, A Burns). Last: Catholic Institute 3 (R Upton 2, L Foley), Queen’s 3 (E Getty, A Jebb, Ok Ferguson). Institute gained 3-2 in a shoot-out.