Elks secure IHL place after shoot-out victory in Dublin

North Down celebrate a goal
North Down celebrate a goal

The Ulster Elks have qualified for next year’s Irish Hockey League after beating Limerick side Catholic Institute 4-2 in a penalty shoot out in yesterday’s final eliminator in Dublin after extra time had finished with the sides level at 1-1.

It was an excellent end to the season for the Jordanstown side who had a blip after Christmas meaning they had to win two matches in the wild card play off series to grab the last place available in the all Ireland competition.

“It’s great for the club as we want to improve and become more consistent every season and being in the IHL demonstrates that we are moving in the right direction.” said Elks coach Ricky Lee.

Kirstie Lammey gave the Elks the lead with eight minutes of normal time remaining but Institute equalised within three minutes through Naomi Carroll to force extra time.

The Elks held their nerve in the shoot out by scoring all four of their strokes while goalkeeper Rebecca Davidson made two saves meaning that Lammey didn’t have to take the last of the 10 penalties.

On Saturday the Elks booked their place in the final with an excellent 4-0 win over Old Alex with two each for Lammey and Stephanie Jameson

There was disappointment for North Down who were beaten 8-1 by Cork C of I in the Irish Hockey Trophy final in Dublin on Saturday, Lauren Brown with the Comber side’s goal.

At domestic level Knock completed a great week when they beat Pegasus II 2-1 to lift the McConnell Shield at Upper Malone after earlier clinching promotion back into Senior One.

Pegasus went in front through Amy Jones but Sharon Wells equalised from a penalty corner and Julie Doak grabbed the winner.

Meanwhile, goals from Amy Black, with the last action of the game, and Lucy Hazley gave Edenderry a 2-1 win over Victoria Prep in the final of the McCloy Cup for Primary Schools.