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Unlucky Lurgan fail to join Ulster quartet in quarters

By John Flack

Four Ulster teams will be in the draw for the Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals and Lurgan can count themselves slightly unfortunate not to be making it five.

The Ulster Premier League side produced a terrific display against Irish Hockey League side Railway Union at Lurgan Junior High School only to go down 2-1.

Lurgan were in almost total control in the second half, in which they had two shots cleared off the line and forced visiting keeper Grace O'Flanagan into several decent saves.

Railway had gone into the interval 2-1 ahead but, had Lurgan's forwards brought their shooting boots with them the Dubliners could have been two goals down after three minutes.

After Charlene Hull and Sarah McClure had shot narrowly wide, Railway went in front through Kate McKenna's in the seventh minute and Hannah de Burgh Whyte added a second from a penalty corner 16 minutes later.

McClure pulled one back before the break and then both she and Hull were denied by goal-line clearances mid-way through the second half but Lurgan couldn't find the equaliser.

Holders the Ulster Elks eased into the last eight with a thumping 6-1 win over Corinthian in Dublin.

Ballymoney also had a good away win as they defeated Muckross 3-1 on penalties.

Pegasus and Ards are also into the hat for tomorrow's draw after beating Dungannon 4-1 and Trinity 3-0 respectively but Randalstown lost 3-0 to UCD.

RESULTS: Irish Senior Cup: second round: Ards 3 (C. Brown, E. Reid, K. Harvey) Trinity 0; Randalstown 0 UCD 3; Hermes 2 Cork Harlequins 1; Loreto 3 UCC 0; Corinthian 1 Ulster Elks 6 (L. McAlpine, J. McMaster, K. Lammey, M. Frazer, R. Chambers, G. Frazer); Dungannon 1 (S. Kelly) Pegasus 4 (S. Ferris, V. Surgeoner, K. McConnell, H. McMillan); Lurgan 1 (S. McClure) Railway Union 2; Muckross 2 Ballymoney 2 (N. Parke, S. Rodgers) (Ballymoney won 3-1 on penalties).

Ulster Premier League: Belfast Harlequins 6 (C. Brown, L. Geddes 2, A. Geddes, K. Larmour 2) Lisnagarvey 3 (S. McCullough 2, J. Kirkwood).

Senior One: Knock 1 Ballymena 3; Larne 1 Victorians 1; Ballyclare v Grosvenor abandoned: Raphoe v Cookstown posponed.

Irish Hockey Trophy: North Kildare 1 Banbridge 0; Rainey 4 Genesis 3; YMCA 6 Omagh 5.

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