6th April 2018: The Irish Senior Cup finals take place this Sunday (8th April) in University College Dublin.
Finalists are as of yet unknown but that will all have changed by Saturday evening (7th April). We are delighted to announce that finals of the world’s oldest hockey competition will also be streamed live on www.eurohockeytv.org
Who will be playing, the women:
Current title holders UCD are still on course to repeat the treble of last year but in order to secure their place in the final they must first get past Loreto. The sides have met twice in the EY Hockey League this year with UCD running out victors on both occasions. Their most recent result saw just 1 goal separate the two teams.
The other semi-final sees an all Ulster derby between Belfast Harlequins and Pegasus get under way at 2:30pm on Saturday for a place in the final. Harlequins arguably had the trickier of the quarter finals as they travelled to Cork to play their namesake, a team currently occupying second place in the EY Hockey League. It was honours even at the end of regular time with goals from Naomi Carroll and Laura Johnston forcing the game to penalties where the Ulster side prevailed 3-2. Pegasus played their quarter final way back in January as they earned a 2-0 win against Old Alex in Milltown.
Who will be playing, the men:
In the men’s competition we have the top 4 teams from the EY Hockey League all going up against each other on Saturday afternoon. Glennane vs Three Rock, first vs second, gets underway in St Andrew’s at 3pm and could be the match of the weekend. Glennane are undefeated in the EYHL and have a 10-point cushion at the top but Three Rock are fresh back from high level Eurohockey League action in Rotterdam. The Glens have claimed victories in both of their EYHL clashes this season but only a goal separated the sides in one of those fixtures, while 3 goals in 4 minutes in the other tie snatched victory for the Glens.
Semi-final 2 sees Pembroke travel North to play Lisnagarvey, again the teams sitting side by side in the EYHL. They faced each-other recently in a tight contest where they shared the spoils of the 3-3 encounter.
Irish Senior Cup finals in UCD on Sunday (April 8th), see live links below:
Women’s Irish Senior Cup Final, 13:00 GMT
Men’s Irish Senior Cup Final 14:45 GMT
Between the two finals, there will be a ParaHockey blitz between Monkstown, Three Rock and Railway Union. Congratulations to all involved to showcase your ParaHockey players on such an important hockey day!
Source: Hockey Ireland
Photographs: UCD Winners 2017, (women) David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile. Eugene Magee with the Irish Senior Cup trophy (C) Adrian Boehm