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Hockey: Battling Queen's University Belfast are given harsh lesson by classy UCD

Ulster schools through to Irish semi-finals (stock picture)
Ulster schools through to Irish semi-finals (stock picture)

By John Flack

Queen's University's hopes of lifting the Irish women's inter-varsities title for the first time in 25 years were blown away by UCD who beat the Belfast students 6-1 in last night's Chilean Cup final at Jordanstown.

However the Ulster Premier League side were very much in the game up until the last quarter, by which stage they trailed 2-1, before the floodgates opened as the holders added four more.

Queen's coach Simon Bell said: "I don't think the girls deserved to lose by such a margin and 3-1 or 4-2 might have been a fairer reflection. However, as a team that plays in the Irish Hockey League week in, week out, UCD had more intensity and took their chances while we failed to convert ours unfortunately."

Irish international Katie Mullan was the orchestrator-in-chief for UCD and the former Ballymoney player scored a brilliant opener after only five minutes when her backhand shot flew into the roof of the net.

Abbie Russell made it 2-0 but Queen's pulled one back with 17 minutes left when Jessica McMaster applied a clinical finish.

UCD added goals through Sarah O'Loughlin, Russell, Sarah Twomey and Emma Duncan.

In the men's Mauritius Cup final, UCD doubled up by beating Dublin Institute of Technology 5-4.

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