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Teenage striker at the double as students get back on track

By John Flack

Jessica McMaster scored two of the goals and had a hand in the others as Queen's bounced back from their Ulster Shield final defeat by Lurgan to score a 4-0 Premier League win over Lisnagarvey at Upper Malone on Saturday.

McMaster, who made her senior international debut in October, missed the cut for the Ireland squad that is currently preparing for the World League 2 tournament which gets under way in Malaysia this week.

However, if she can maintain this sort of form, the 18-year-old striker should have many years of international hockey to look forward to.

McMaster's skilful run set up Anna Hutchinson for the opener in the 33rd minute and she then finished off an excellent penalty-corner move three minutes after the break to make it 2-0.

In the 52nd minute, McMaster's won a penalty stroke which Tori Hastings converted before the teenager wrapped up a comfortable victory with a backhand shot four minutes later.

The result leaves Queen's in fourth place in the table but with games in hand over their rivals, including Shield winners Lurgan, who stay top after making it eight victories out of eight with a 5-0 success over Dungannon.

Teenager Emily McStea got two of the goals, with the others coming from Carly Johnston, Pippa Best and Kathryn Edgar.

Ballymoney are now four points off the pace with a game more played after sharing the spoils in a scoreless draw against Randalstown at the Antrim Forum where Erin Getty missed a penalty stroke for the home team.

Katharine Hill got the only goal of the game as North Down defeated Banbridge at Havelock Park.

Raphoe's mini-revival continued when they booked their place in the quarter-finals of the Irish Hockey Trophy with an exciting 3-2 win over Cork C of I in Donegal.

Goals from Wendy Bustard and Joanne Patterson saw Raphoe move 2-0 up, but the Munster side fought back to draw level before Victorian Wray grabbed a late winner from a well-worked penalty corner move.

However Ballymena missed out on a place in the last eight after a 2-1 defeat in Galway.

Results: Ulster Premier League: Banbridge 0 North Down 1 (K Hill); Lurgan 5 (C Johnston, P Best, E McStea 2, K Edgar) Dungannon 0; Queen's 4 (A Hutchinson, J McMaster 2, T Hastings) Lisnagarvey 0; Randalstown 0 Ballymoney 0; Senior One: Armagh 1 (C Donaghy) Knock 1 (J Doak) ; CI Ladies 1 (J Maghie) Victorians 3 (E Conlin 2, E Cutrona); Cookstown 1 (C Scott) Ballyclare 0; Irish Hockey Trophy: second round: Raphoe 3 (W Bustard, J Patterson, V Wray) Cork C of I 2; Galway 2 Ballymena 1 (A Logan).

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