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Boyles is impressed as Irish girls end series on a high

By John Flack

Ireland levelled the three-match hockey series with Scotland yesterday when they defeated their hosts 2-0 in Glasgow to end a roller coaster year's international competition on a winning note.

Ireland assistant coach Arlene Boyles was delighted with the team's performance in yesterday's game after a 1-1 draw and 2-1 defeat in the first two matches.

"It was a great performance after the disappointment of the previous day and the girls played some exciting hockey in three games which were very competitive," she said.

Ireland had taken the lead in each of the two previous games but yesterday managed to hold onto it after Nikki Evans broke the deadlock in the 15th minute when she finished off a flowing move.

Ulster Elks' Shirley McCay and Megan Frazer both went close but Emily Beatty sealed the win when she finished off after a swift counter-attack.

Meanwhile, Banbridge men and Ulster Elks women will be heading to Dublin to defend their Irish Senior Cup titles following the second round draws.

Bann go to Railway Union and the Elks to Corinthian while the big all-Ulster games are Instonians against Lisnagarvey (men) and Dungannon against Pegasus (women).

Men's Irish Senior Cup second round (November 28): Annadale v Dublin YMCA, Glenanne v Mossley, Railway Union v Banbridge, UCC v Monkstown, Cork C of I v Kilkeel, Pembroke v South Antrim, Instonians v Lisnagarvey, Three Rock v Cookstown.

Women's Irish Senior Cup second round (November 28): Corinthian v Ulster Elks, Dungannon v Pegasus, Lurgan v Railway Union, Hermes v Cork Harlequins, Muckross v Ballymoney, Loreto v UCC, Ards v Trinity, Randalstown v UCD

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