Hermes, Ulster Elks and Railway Union all retained their 100% records in the women’s EY Hockey League with emphatic victories on Saturday, all making it two wins from two.
For the Elks, their victory was built on a blistering first five minutes in which Irish captain Megan Frazer and Limerick native Rebecca Barry both scored against a shell-shocked Cork Harlequins.
It laid the perfect base for a 3-1 victory at Farmer’s Cross for Ricky Lee’s side. Orlagh Cotter did pull one back for Harlequins when she finished off a smart pass from Julie Poland midway through the second quarter but the Elks reasserted their superiority when Frazer’s shot rebounded off the post to Laura McAlpine and she rocketed home the crucial third goal.
It adds to the Elks’ opening day win over Pembroke by the same scoreline to make for a confident start to the campaign for the Irish Senior Cup champions.
Railway Union recorded their second successive win against Cork-based opposition and are yet to concede a goal in two games to date in the league. They beat UCC 4-0 with alumni Julia O’Halloran on the mark twice in the victory.
Hermes, meanwhile, scored an emphatic 5-1 win over Ulster league and cup champions Ards with Anna O’Flanagan boosting her goalscoring tally to five goals in two games.
She opened the scoring only for Chloe Brown – back in the Ards line-up having missed the first round – to equalise in a lively first phase.
Maiden first team goals for teenagers Susie Kelly and Amber Curran, though, built a 3-1 lead for Hermes before O’Flanagan and international team mate Nikki Evans added an extra flourish to the final score.
Pembroke produced comeback of the round when they struck twice in the last 12 minutes to beat Pegasus 2-1 having trailed to Hannah Grieve’s third quarter strike.
Sarah Clarke’s second goal in successive weeks levelled matters before Eanna Horan nabbed a dramatic winner with less than three minutes to go.
UCD, meanwhile, were comfortable 4-0 victors over Greenfields with Galway native Elaine Carey scoring twice against the side from her home town. She scored the first and third goals, sandwiching Millie O’Donnell’s powerful sweep shot. Katie Mullan completed the victory in the third quarter.