Chloe and Gemma star as Ards and Quins win
Two Irish internationals inspired Ards and Belfast Harlequins to their first points of the EYHL campaign on Saturday to lift spirits after a disappointing start to the season.
Chloe Brown hit a second-half winner to clinch Ards a 2-1 victory over Railway Union at Londonderry Park, while Gemma Frazer capped a five-star performance with a goal as Quins defeated Pembroke Wanderers 2-0 at Deramore.
Frazer was a constant threat to the over-worked Dubliners’ defence and her surging runs and astute passing created havoc, although Quins missed a bucket load of chances before sealing their first-ever IHL win in the final quarter.
Lucy Geddes set up Laura Johnston for the opener on the hour mark and, four minutes later, Frazer made sure of the win with the insurance goal.
Quins captain Claire Weir said: “It’s been a difficult few weeks for us but we stuck together and were determined to work hard at training and never let our heads drop.”
“This win will do a lot for our confidence as we go into a few weeks of a break from the IHL.”
Brown, meanwhile, hit a 43rd minute penalty-corner winner for Ards after Lucy McKee and Cecilia Joyce had exchanged goals.
Ards captain Caroline Adams said: “We were glad to get the win against a talented Railway team that we have struggled against for numerous years.”
While Ards and Harlequins celebrated, there was disappointment for Pegasus and the Ulster Elks who fell to 3-1 and 4-1 away defeats against Cork Harlequins and UCD respectively.
The Belfast team led in Cork with a Katie Morris goal, but the Munster team fought back to score a comfortable win with former Ulster Elks player Rebecca Barry among the scorers.
Pegasus captain Alex Speers sighed: “It was a frustrating and disappointing performance and result and we struggled to match their intensity of play until the last quarter.”
The Elks were undone in the final period when Ulster girls Katie Mullan and Leah Ewart scored for UCD to seal the win when their opponents were down to 10 players after Shirley McCay had been sin-binned.
Mossley moved to the top of Senior One with a 4-1 win over Larne, while two superb goals from Sara Houston helped CI twice come from behind to draw with Victorians.
Results: EY Irish Hockey League: Cork Harlequins 3 (K Bateman, R Barry, O Roycroft) Pegasus 1 (K Morris); Ards 2 (L McKee, C Brown) Railway Union 1 (C Joyce); UCD 4 (D Duke 2, K Mullan, L Ewart) Ulster Elks 1 (K Smiley); Belfast Harlequins 2 (L Johnston, G Frazer) Pembroke 0; Hermes-Monkstown 1 (A O’Flanagan) Loreto 0
Senior One: Larne 1 (B McFerran) Mossley 4 ( S McDowell 2, A Jones, N McMillan); Victorians 2 (R Hewitt, E Cutrona) CI 2 (S Houston 2).