Monkstown II claimed the division three crown with a 4-3 win over Corinthian at Serpentine Avenue in a bizarre encounter last night which almost saw the reds recover from a four-goal deficit inside the last ten minutes.
The Town hit the front thanks to Zac Dutton’s drag-flick early on before Corinthian saw a series of corner chances slip through their fingers, one effort chalked off for a foot after consultation between the umpires.
Andrew Ward doubled the lead from a corner rebound for 2-0 at half-time and made it three midway through the second half with a superb solo run from halfway to round Ross Gribben and score. The key touch was his first, using one deft movement to pull the ball clear of the last defender on halfway and create serious forward momentum.
And it looked to be lights out for the reds when Frank Ryan swept home Alec Barrett’s cross with barely a quarter-hour to go.
But Bruce Campbell scrambled one in from a corner, as did Wesley Rothwell – on his return from the sin-bin after he and Simon Groves both saw yellow. When Rowland Rixon-Fuller netted a drag-flick with a minute to go, the impossible looked like coming to pass as Monkstown hit away possession from the tip-off giving the now 10-man Corinthian team – Campbell shown a red card for an altercation with Craig Ellis – one last phase of play to score.
They could not get the ball upfield quickly enough to give the Town the LHUA President’s Cup.
Earlier in the evening, Clontarf U-16 girl’s claimed the league in another match that almost offered up an equally unlikely comeback as they beat Three Rock 5-3 at Grange Road.
Goals from Nicola Taylor, Jen Keating and Megan Oliver had the northside club 4-0 up by half-time. Three Rock fought back in the second half, with Kerri Ann Cullen and Ciara Maginn on target to get within two goals of Tarf but they held firm to secure the title.