Railway Union closing in on cup double
Inexperienced UCD facing a big task in Jacqui Potter Cup final
Zara Delany: scored a hat-trick for Railway Union in last year’s final against UCD. Photograph: Rowland White/Inpho/Presseye
The Jacqui Potter Cup final at Grange Road on St Patrick’s Day will be a repeat of last year’s decider in the competition with holders Railway Union beating North Kildare in the semi-finals this week and UCD getting past Monkstown.
Niamh Carey and Jodie Douglas got the goals for Railway that ended North Kildare’s impressive run, while a double from Katherine Egan and one from Abbie Russell gave the students a 3-0 win over Monkstown. The Hockey League has been the chief focus for both sides this season who have largely opted to field more youthful line-ups in the Jacqui Potter Cup, Railway taking full advantage of UCD doing just that in last year’s final when they beat them 7-0 with the help of a Zara Delany hat-trick.
With five of their players on international duty this week for Ireland’s series of matches against England at Bisham Abbey, the first two lost 4-0 and 5-2, UCD are unlikely to be at full strength this time around either.
If Railway can take advantage again, then they’ll have a chance of doing the double on the day, the club also in the Junior final with Muckross their opponents.
Jacqui Potter Cup Finals (at Grange Road) - Saturday: Junior: Muckross v Railway Union, 10.30. Junior Shield: Enniscorthy v Three Rock Rovers, 11.30. Shield: Corinthian v Old Alexandra II, 2.15. Senior: Railway Union v UCD, 3.15.