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Lee is keeps Ulster Elks grounded


Crucial strike: Garvey’s Selena Brown celebrates her winner

Crucial strike: Garvey’s Selena Brown celebrates her winner

Crucial strike: Garvey’s Selena Brown celebrates her winner

Four Ulster teams will be in the hat for today's Irish Senior Cup quarter-final draw - and two of them will have genuine aspirations of going on to lift the famous trophy.

Pegasus and the Ulster Elks will fancy their chances of going all the way while Belfast Harlequins and Lisnagarvey will just be glad to be in such illustrious company.

The Ulster champions came from a goal down to beat last year's finalists Pembroke Wanderers 2-1 while the Elks were 3-0 winners at Lurgan.

Garvey reached the last eight for the first time courtesy of a 1-0 win over Cork C of I while Harlequins defeated Ballymoney by the same score.

The prospects of an Ulster team winning the competition have increased with the surprise exit of the holders UCD, who lost 3-2 to Leinster rivals Railway Union.

However, Elks coach Ricky Lee is not getting carried away after goals from Stephanie Jameson, Kirstie Lammey and Laura McAlpine sealed the win over Lurgan.

"Railway beating UCD came as a shock but, in the cup, it's all about performing on the day and upsets do happen," he said.

"And I am sure there will be one or two more between now and the final next year and I think it would be unwise to label any team as favourites at this stage."

Pegasus captain Stephanie Thompson paid tribute to the younger members of her squad after the 2-1 win over Pembroke in Dublin.

Second-half goals from Taite Doherty and Suzanne Ferris in the space of two minutes clinched them the win at Serpentine Avenue after their hosts had gone into the break 1-0 up.

"Credit must go to the younger players who really rose to the occasion and we worked very hard in training all week to get this result," she said.

Jenna Watt's 20th minute penalty corner strike gave Harlequins a single-goal victory over Ballymoney in the all-Ulster clash in Belfast.

It was equally close at Comber Road where Lisnagarvey held out in the face of sustained second-half pressure to beat Cork C of I, thanks to Selena Brown's 15th minute penalty corner strike.

"I thought the girls worked really hard when they were throwing everything at us and we defended well," Garvey coach Mark Murray explained.

In the Premier League, Ards made it six wins out of six with a 4-1 success over Queen's which sees them go to the top of the table.

Emma Reid, Chloe Brown, Janice Vaughan and Tamara MacLeod got the goals with Katie Morris replying for Queen's.

Randalstown eased their early relegation concerns with a resounding 4-0 win over Portadown at the Antrim Forum where Jayne McGrillen, Megan Quinn, Nicole Moore and Zoe Wilson were on target.

Belfast Telegraph