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Final test in store for Ulster university after Queen's win

By John Flack

Holders Ulster University are through to the final of the Irish Inter-varsities championship after a hard-fought 2-1 win over Queen's in Cork last night.

UU will meet UCD in a repeat of last year's Chilean Cup decider, which the Jordanstown side won 8-3.

Ricky Lee's Students took an early lead through Rebecca Barry but Chloe McIlwaine levelled matters shortly before the break before Chloe Mitchell grabbed the UU winner in the 44th minute.

Lee said: "It was a tight enough match with neither side having too many chances but we squandered several penalty corners and we are just happy to be through to the final once again."

At domestic level, Jenna Watt's hat-trick helped Belfast Harlequins move to the top of the Premier League table with a 5-2 win over Portadown at Deramore.

Watt scored her first after only seven minutes and added her second in the 48th minute but Alex Usher pulled one back from a penalty corner two minutes later.

Watt made it 3-1 less than 60 seconds later to complete her treble but the battling Ports again reduced the deficit through Abbie McCullough's set-piece.

However, the impressive Katie Larmour then set up Ruth Miller, who made it 4-2, and Claire Weir's superb solo effort wrapped things up with four minutes left.

Katherine Hill was another of the weekend's hat-trick heroines as she scored a treble in North Down's dramatic 4-3 victory over Dungannon, including a last-gasp winner.

Ballymoney also left it late as Bridget Cleland hit the only goal in a 1-0 success over basement side Armagh at Ardmore.

Randalstown were comfortable 3-1 winners over Lisnagarvey, goals from Nicole Moore, CJ McDonald and Alex Ogilby putting them in the driving seat before Laura Johnston's late consolation strike.

In Senior One, newcomers Raphoe continued their impressive form with a 6-0 win over Victorians while there were also victories for the other promoted sides Rainey and Grosvenor along with Ballymena and leaders Banbridge.

Results: Saturday: Irish Inter-varsities championship: Pool A: UU 3 (C. Brown 2, A. Kuznuik) UCC 1; Pool B: Queen's 1 (C. McIlwaine) UCD 2; Queen's 0 Trinity 0. Ulster Premier League: Armagh 0 Ballymoney 1 (B. Cleland); Belfast Harlequins 5 (J. Watt 3, R. Miller, C. Weir) Portadown 2 (A. Usher, A. McCullough); Dungannon 3 (D. Robb 2, S.Kelly) North Down 4 (L. Brown, K. Hill 3); Randalstown 3 (N. Moore, CJ McDonald, A. Ogilby) Lisnagarvey 1 (L. Johnston) .

Sunday: Semi-final: UU 2 (R. Barry, C. Mitchell) Queen's (C. McIlwaine); Pool A: UU 6 (R. Barry 2, M. Frazer, C. Mitchell, E. O'Leary, A. Kuznuik) DCU 0; Pool B: UCD 3 UCC 0.

Senior One: Ballyclare 0 Rainey 2; Ballymena 2 Larne 1; Cookstown 1 Grosvenor 4; Raphoe 6 Victorians 0.

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