Railway Union spent almost an hour without a recognised goalkeeper but still managed to land a 3-3 draw against Old Alex in a cracking women's EY Hockey League contest at Park Avenue.

Riona Norton departed with injury with just 11 minutes on the clock and, without a keeper in reserve, Railway opted to play with 11 outfielders for the remainder of the tie.

Incredibly, they went in front against the side second in the table and a double from Kate Lloyd put them 3-1 up going into the last 20 minutes.

Efforts from Lena Tice and Nikki Evans saw Alex nick a point but it ultimately sees them lose further ground on leaders Pembroke who were 2-0 winners over Muckross.

They now have a four-point buffer at the halfway stage of the league with Rachel O’Brien and Tori Wensley getting the goals.

Pegasus were also held to a 3-3 draw by UCD at Newforge, making for a perfect day for Pembroke and they can extend their lead to seven points if they win against bottom side Cork Harlequins on 4 December.

The remainder of the top seven have concluded their pre-Christmas schedule with games pushed back to the new year due to the Junior World Cup. Belfast Harlequins will play Muckross on 4 December and then Cork Harlequins face Muckross a week later in the other remaining games.

Elsewhere, there were a pair of 8-0 wins with Catholic Institute beating an understrength Belfast Quins by that margin while Loreto produced the same result against Cork Harlequins.

EYHL Division 2 got up and running on Saturday with the two groups producing very different outcomes.

In Pool A, Zara Malseed earned Ards a 1-1 draw against Corinthian when she cancelled out Leigh Pelow’s early goal.

Trinity and UCC tied 0-0 at Santry Avenue to see all sides level after day one with a draw each.

In Pool B, meanwhile, there were 3-0 wins for Monkstown and Queen’s.

For Town, Anna O’Flanagan got her first goal since rejoining the club recently, adding to Suzie Kelly and Olivia Brady efforts as they got the best of Cork C of I.

Queen’s ran out 3-0 victors over NUIG, Alyssa Jebb, Sophie McDowell and Maddison Bowyer making the difference.

Women's EYHL Division 1 results:

Catholic Institute 8-0 Belfast Harelequins

Loreto 8-0 Cork Harlequins

Muckross 0-2 Pembroke

Pegasus 3-3 UCD

Railway Union 3-3 Old Alex

Women's EYHL Division 2 Pool A results:

Ards 1-1 Corinthian

Trinity 0-0 UCC

Women's EYHL Division 2 Pool B results:

Monkstown 3-0 Cork C of I

Queens University 3-0 NUIG