Irish Senior Cup results

Glenanne produced a dramatic penalty stroke victory at Grange Road to advance to the semi-final stages of the Irish Senior Cup, setting up an enticing last four tie with Pembroke.

They came from behind three times against Three Rock Rovers, showing the greater incisiveness from play to tie the game up at 4-4 in normal time of a cracking, free-flowing cup tie.

And 16-year-old Shane O’Donoghue was on hand on net the crucial penalty stroke – albeit at a controversial second attempt – to complete the win.

Early on, Paul Fitzpatrick gave the Glens the early lead from a corner rebound before Mitch Darling levelled, tapping in from Peter Blakeney’s shot-cum-cross. Rovers hit the front with a scrappy Blakeney rebound.

David Keogh got the equaliser for 2-2 but Ali Haughton’s surging run down the right precipitated Blakeney’s second. Stephen Butler nailed a beautiful drag-flick to end the scoring at 3-3 to conclude an outstanding first half.

Three Rock were holding more possession and creating more forward momentum but not creating danger from their corners while the Glens set-piece was a constant threat.

Patrick Shanahan’s rebound off Lucas Piccioli’s reverse did give the home side the lead for a third time but Butler nailed a penalty stroke for a fourth period of parity.

Gary Shaw began a series of sin-binnings in the latter stages and, once the seal was broken, he was followed into the bin in extra-time by Brendan Parsons, Graham Shaw -somewhat harshly – and Ali Haughton.

During that time, Darling and Blakeney had sharp chances denied by Steven Doran while the Glens saw a corner effort go awry due to the drying pitch at the Marlay end scuppering Joe Brennan’s push-out.

It meant penalties. Stephen Butler, Joe Brennan and Graham Shaw all scored as Rovers missed twice leaving O’Donoghue the chance to seal the win. His first effort was saved by Henderson but a retake was ordered – the keeper adjudged to have broken the line – and the youngster nervelessly flicked high into the right-corner.

Elsewhere, Pembroke scored three in each half to down Mossley 6-0. Alan Giles, Gordon Elliott and Conor Harte had the ‘Broke cruising at the break before Justin Sherriff made it four and there was a first goal for Vaughan Erasmus for the club.

Harte concluded the scoring from the penalty spot while Mossley missed one a stroke with the score at 2-0 which may have changed matters.

As a result, the draw made at the Glade saw Pembroke drawn first out of the hat to face Glenanne.

The other half of the draw will see Annadale as the first semi-finalist to be confirmed. They beat Corinthian 3-1 thanks to goals from Ian Hamilton, Paul Jackson and Fraser Mills. Davy Carson got the response for the Reds.

In the last remaining second round tie Cork Harlequins huffed and puffed but once again could not make the most of the chances created against Banbridge. Simon Magowan helped his side hit the front in the seventh minute, getting on the end of Eugene Magee’s cracking reverse-stick cross.

Magowan added the second 15 minutes into the second half, assisted by Diarmuid Reay before Dan Hobbs finally got one back for Quins.

In the junior cup, YM won the all-Leinster derby 2-1 despite Rob Mason scoring just his second ever senior goal for Monkstown. Stu Mellon and Graham Harris scored the goals. Cookstown also went through with a facile 7-0 win over Raphoe.

The women’s junior cup is already guaranteed to stay in Leinster as all four sides went the way of Dublin teams. Hermes’ outclassed Cork Harlequins at Farmer’s Cross with a double from Fiona Manning leading to a 6-1 win.

Loreto won 5-2 in Cork too, beating C of I while Alex won 3-1 in Galway. Hazel Agar, Anya Fox and Rebecca Coll scored with Eavan Murphy -younger sister of former Alex player Ciara – got the response. 2008 finalists Railway complete the line-up after their 3-1 win over Armagh.

Men’s Irish Senior Cup
Second Round: Cork Harlequins 1 (Dan Hobbs) Banbridge 2 (Simon McGowan 2)
Quarter finals: Mossley 0 Pembroke Wanderers 6 (Justin Sherriff, Alan Giles, Conor Harte 2, Gordon Elliott, Vaughan Erasmus); Annadale 3 (Ian Hamilton, Paul Jackson, Fraser Mills)Corinthian 1 (David Carson); Three Rock Rovers 4 (Mitch Darling, Peter Blakeney 2, Patrick Shanahan) Glenanne 4 (P.Fitzgerald, D. Keogh, S. Butler 2) Glenanne won on strokes 4 – 1

Men’s ISC semi-final draw: Cookstown/Banbridge v Annadale; Pembroke Wanderers v Glenanne

Men’s IJC quarter-finals: YMCA II 2 (Stu Mellon, Graham Harris) Monkstown II 1 (Rob Mason); Cookstown II (Ian Sloan 4, Ian Cheevers 3) Raphoe II 0
– Men’s IJC Semi Final Draw will be made on 7th March

ESB Women’s IJC quarter-finals: Cork H’quins II 1 (Sue Fingleton) Hermes II 6 (Aimee Jones O’Connor 2, Fiona Manning 2, Shelly Sloan, Gillian Pinder); Cork C of I II 2 Loreto II 5; Railway Union 3 (L McDermott, G Heavy Julie Motherway) Armagh II 1 (D McKinstry); Galway II 1 (Eavan Murphy) Old Alex II 3 (Hazel Agar, Anya Fox, Rebecca Coll)

ESB Women’s IJC draw: Railway Union II v Loreto II; Hermes II v Old Alexandra II

* For more pictures from Three Rock Rovers vs Glenanne, click here

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