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The semi-finals and finals of the Women's and Men's Irish Senior Cup take place this weekend in UCD

Updated: Thursday, 10 May 2012 12:28

Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram was voted best player in the IHL final last weekend and he'll be hoping his side can complete a rare cup double this weekend
Lisnagarvey's Timmy Cockram was voted best player in the IHL final last weekend and he'll be hoping his side can complete a rare cup double this weekend

There is one big occasion left on this season's Irish hockey calendar and that is the semi-finals and finals of the Electric Ireland Women’s and Men’s Irish Senior Cup which take place this weekend in UCD.

In the first semi-final of the women’s competition, UCD and Railway Union meet on Saturday morning at 10:30.

Railway Union come into the match bursting with confidence having been crowned Electric Ireland IHL champions last weekend, but UCD, who won this competition in 2009, will be anxious to bring the cup back after a three-year absence.

UCD qualified for the semi-final by beating Pegasus 2-1, with Anna O’Flanagan scoring a late goal to knock the 2011 champions out.

In the other semi-final Loreto face Queens at 12:30. Loreto made it to this stage by beating Lisnagarvey, Belfast HQ and Old Alex.

They will be hoping Cathy McKean will be able to add to the two goals she got against Old Alex in the quarter-finals.

Queens arrive here having beaten Randalstown, Portadown and Dublin University en route.

The men's action gets underway at 3pm on Saturday when Railway Union play Lisnagarvey.

Railway will be making their first appearance in an Irish Senior Cup Final since 1975. On the way to the semi-final they defeated South Antrim, Three Rock Rovers and Glenanne.

Lisnagarvey, who are on for a rare IHL and Irish senior cup double, having won the latter compeition just last weekend.

Fresh from winning the Jimmy O’Connor Memorial Trophy for the IHL’s best player Timmy Cockram will no doubt be the focal point for Lisnagarvey.

At 5pm Cork Harlequins take on Instonians. Harlequins will be hoping to build on their quarter-final where they defeated Banbridge 2-1.

Instonians made it through to the semi-finals by defeating North Down, Mossley and NICS in the quarter finals where they left it late with Julian Lewis getting the only goal of the game.

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