Lisnagarvey keep heat on ‘Quins

Ulster co-captains Kerri McDonald and Leah Ewart hold the Inter-Provincial Trophy
Ulster co-captains Kerri McDonald and Leah Ewart hold the Inter-Provincial Trophy

Lisnagarvey kept the heat on Senior One leaders Belfast Harlequins with a narrow 1-0 win over Civil Service at Stormont on Saturday.

‘Quins remain two points to the good after their 2-0 win at Ballyclare and it’s looking like a potential title decider when the two automatic promotion contenders meet head on later this month.

‘Garvey recovered from their draw with Cookstown last week to maintain their challenge for the one automatic promotion spot with their win at Stormont.

Julie Doak got the only goal of the game as the Hillsborough team maintained their unbeaten run. But Harlequins still have the edge and a superior goal difference going into the teams’ clash on Saturday week.

‘Quins maintained their advantage over their nearest rivals with their 2-0 win at Ballyclare.

Zara Thom broke the deadlock and then with five minutes left Ruth Millar made it 2-0 to wrap up another win for the auotmatic promotion favourites.

Cookstown meanwhile defeated Ballymena 4-0 to stay in touch with the two top sides.

The Tyrone side led 2-0 at half time and added two more goals after the restart after Rachel Millar and Rachel Stewart had scored in the first half.

Stewart added her second after the interval when Claire Brown was also on target to seal the win.

Omagh defeated Larne 2-1 with two late goals after the visitors had taken the lead as Emma and Lisa Pinkerton got the all-important goals in the last 10 minutes.

Meanwhile Methody put up a brave battle against the Senior Cup holders Ballyclare High before bowing out in a penalty shoot-out at Deramore.

Zara Thom was inspirational throughout for Methody but it was the visitors who took the lead though Amy Jones in the 20th minute. Thom got the goal she deserved as she scored the equaliser six minutes after the break from close range.

Ten minutes later tough Zoe Wilson made it 2-1 before Thom set up Beth Millar for the equaliser which forced extra time and ultimately the penalty decider in which the cup holders held their nerve to win it 4-3.