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Super Shannon keeps Ballymoney in trophy mix

By John Flack

Jodie Shannon's heroics kept Ballymoney in the Irish Senior Cup on Saturday as they defeated Queen's 4-1 on penalties after a scoreless draw in the second-round clash at the Dub.

The Co Antrim team's goalie wasn't unduly troubled in the shoot-out as two of the students' efforts missed the target but she made an outstanding save in stoppage time to deny Tory Hastings a certain winner.

Hastings, Ulster's leading scorer last year, fired in a fierce shot but Shannon dived full-length to make a fantastic stop.

Ballymoney are one of three Ulster teams in the hat for the quarter-final draw and the only remaining side from outside of the Irish Hockey League.

However, they will not be among the favourites to repeat their one and only Irish Senior Cup triumph.

Pegasus and last year's beaten finalists Ards are also through after contrasting wins over Genesis and Lurgan respectively.

Pegasus racked up eight goals without reply against Dublin minnows Genesis, helped by two apiece from Steph Thompson and captain Alex Speers.

Ards were made to battle all the way by Lurgan despite a comfortable-looking 3-1 scoreline as visiting goalkeeper Ashley Orr, player of the match in last season's final defeat by Ulster Elks, pulled off a series of fine saves.

Sara Alexander, Lucy McKee and Kerry Harvey scored to put Ards 3-0 up but Orr had to be at her best to deny the Ulster champions, until she was beaten near the end by Emily McStea.

Hermes-Monkstown remain favourites to lift the trophy after Anna O'Flanagan hit five in a 6-0 win at Banbridge.

They are joined by Cork Harlequins, who beat their Belfast namesakes 3-0, Loreto, UCD and Pembroke in the quarters.

Meanwhile, Mossley will meet Rainey in the Senior Cup final on New Year's Day when both teams will be aiming to lift the trophy for the first time.

In yesterday's semi-finals in Carrick, Mossley beat holders Ballymena in a 3-1 win while Rainey saw off Victorians 2-0.

Sophie McDowell got two of the goals for Mossley with Amy Jones also on target and Claire Gillespie replying for Ballymena, while two second-half penalty corners from Koren Ferguson sealed Rainey's win.

Irish Senior Cup: 2nd round: Banbridge 0 Monkstown 6; Belfast Harlequins 0 Cork Harlequins 3; Genesis 0 Pegasus 8 (S Thompson 2, A Speers 2, R McMillan, H Craig, V Surgeoner, T Doherty); Loreto 2 Trinity 1; Lurgan 1 (E McStea) Ards 3 (S Alexander, L McKee, K Harvey); Pembroke 7 Glenanne 0; Queen's 1 Ballymoney 4; Railway Union 1 UCD 2.

Premier League: Dungannon 1 (K Elliott) Randalstown 0

Senior One: Armagh 1 (K Johnston) Ballyclare 2 (J Purdy, J Hanley); Knock 5 (SJ Jamison 2, H Lewis 2, J Doak) Larne 1 (D Henry)

Senior Cup semi-finals: Victorians 0 Rainey 2 (K Ferguson 2); Mossley 3 (S McDowell 2, A Jones) Ballymena 1 (C Gillespie)

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