Ards finished their season on a winning note after a superb final quarter saw them overcome Old Alex 3-2 at the Co Down venue.
It had been a largely disappointing end of season as things went downhill on the back of a crucial defeat by Pegasus at domestic level which handed the Belfast side the title.
Defeats by Cork Harlequins and Pegasus, again, in the IHL left Ards in danger of staring five defeats in a row going into Saturday’s game.
But they responded well after Erika Hinson had put Alex in front as they scored three times in the last period to seal a much needed victory to restore any lost pride.
Chloe Brown, Janice Vaughan and Becky Weir scored three well taken goals in a rip roaring finish before Siobhan Scott Neilson hit a late consolation for the Dublin side.
With Pegasus confirmed as the only Ulster team in the semi finals the other games were also largely of academic interest but both Lurgan and Ballymoney lost.
Lurgan, no doubt tired after a long journey and their schoolgirls even more so after playing their fifth game in three days, went down 3-0 to Catholic Institute in Limerick.
Ballymoney were also on the road and they came home from Cork empty handed after losing 3-1 to Harlequins.
Cliodhna Sargent and Karen Bateman scored to put ‘Quins 2-0 up before Jessica Lynch replied for the visitors.
However any chance that ‘Money would end their campaign with a positive result was dashed when Leah Mullins added a third goal for the hosts.
Meanwhile at domestic level goals from Lisa Pinkerton and Anne Buchanan gave Omagh a 2-0 win over North Down in Senior One.