09 April 2015
Holders IT Sligo came safely through a testing quarter final tie with hosts Waterford IT when the three day Womens Intervarsities Cup tournament got under way at the splendid Carriganore Sports Campus.
Ciara Hutchinson surprised Sligo by firing Waterford IT ahead early on with a well taken strike.
But a Louise O'Connor effort had the visitors level before the break.
The second half proved to be an equally tight affair and the experienced Emma Hansberry kept Sligo on track for a back to back cup success with well taken winner.
UCC will face Sligo in to-day's semi final after the Cork side eventually got the better of a battling Ulster University on a 5-2 scoreline.
Amy O'Connor proved to be the Cork goal scoring hero hitting a brilliant hat trick while goals from Vanessa Ogbonna and Ellie Stritch compled their total.
Ulster University were short of several regulars but they certainly impressed and two goals from Amber Dempster kept them well in the game.
Amber Barrett hit all four goals as Premier League champions Maynooth Universitiy proved too strong for NUI Galway after the Westereners had done very well to restricted Robbie Mulligan's side to a 1-0 interval lead.
But Barrett struck top form after the break grabbing three further goals with Lisa Cassidy the lone Galway scorer.
The Maynooth win sets up a mouth watering semi final clash with a strong UCD outfit who had little trouble getting past quarter final opponents University of Limerick.
First half goals from Orla Haran, Jetta Berril and Aisling Nugent had UCD comfortably ahead at the break.
While in a one sided second half Nugent netted her second of the game and Sophie Pratt (2) and Mary Tyrrell completed the scoring.
WSCAI Intervarsities Day One Results April 9th
Womens Intervarsities Cup (at Waterford IT Sports Campus) - Quarter Finals: IT Sligo 2 (L O'Connor, E Hansberry) Waterford IT 1 (C Hutchinson); UCD 7 (A Nugent 2, S Pratt 2,O Haran, J Berril, M Tyrrell) University of Limerick 0; NUI Galway 1 (L Cassidy) Maynooth University 4 (A Barrett 4); UCC 5 (A O'Connor 3, V Ogbonna, E Stritch) Ulster University 2 (A Dempster 2).
WSCAI Intervarsity Fixtures games to be played on FRIDAY APRIL 10
Womens Intervarsities Cup (Semi Finals): UCD v Maynooth University (2.0); IT Sligo v UCC (2.0). Both games at Waterford IT Sports Campus, Carriganore.
Womens Intervarsities Plate (Semi Finals): Ulster University v University of Limerick (12.0); NUI Galway v Waterford IT (12.0) . Both gameWaterford IT Sports Campus, Carriganore.
Womens Intervarsities Shield (Semi Final): Athlone IT v DCU, Waterford IT Sports Campus, Carriganore (4.0). Cork IT bye.