Railway II complete double: league and cup round-up
Railway Union II claimed division two tonight as they beat Skerries 3-0 thanks to three second half goals. Needing a win to secure the title, the Park Avenue side found the going tough in the first period against a side fighting for their division two survival before Louise McDermott opened the scoring after the break from a penalty corner.
Former Trinity striker Caoilfhinn Rowan added a brace to complete the scoring. It gives Railway II thier first ever win at this level of competition, their first team having won division two back in 1992.
On Saturday, three more women’s cup finals were decided with Monkstown completing the double to take the division 13/14 crown, beating Malahide II 5-0 at UCD with Suzi Murray scoring twice.
Bray V took the division 12 title (pictured in action, below left), coming from a goal down to beat Newbridge III while Hermes III overcame Newbridge II to win the division 7/8 title (right).
On the men’s side, Kilkenny III got the only goal of the game to beat UCD III in the junior cup final. The pair duel once more next week in the final round of division eight matches with the students needing a win over St Brendan’s/PP on the grass to take the silverware. Anthing else could open the door for the cats who travel to Wicklow.
Elsewhere in the men’s leagues, a hat-trick from Karl Chapple and one from Scott Wilkie saw Avoca beat Suttonians 4-3 on Sunday in division two to move the Blackrock side into a tie for third with a home match against Navan to conclude the season.
Understrength Skerries and Naas, due to the junior interpros, also played with the seasiders winning 4-1, Andrew Butterly with two goals while Sean Lawlor and Alan Early were also on the score sheet.
Division three will require a playoff as Monkstown II – shorn of the injured Donal O’Mearain, Alun and Gareth Evans – lost to a resurgent Pembroke II when they needed just a point. Corinthian II’s 6-0 win over UCD II, therefore, means a test match is needed to decide the league winner.
Corinthian III took division four with a 6-2 win over Weston II after beating Three Rock Rovers III in midweek to assure what looked set to be their title for a long while after winning their first five games in a row. Keith Fishbourne retains the title he won with Glenanne III in 2007/08.
As of earlier this evening, St Brendan’s Phoenix Park were within a point of taking division five after they beat Three Rock Rovers IV in a virtual league decider.
Finally, Monkstown took the U-16 league last Friday night, overturning their cup exit at the hands of Corinthian to win 7-0 thanks to hat-tricks from Simon Lowry and Stephen Nolan.
A key result for the Town last Wednesday as they held Clontarf at bay 3-2 in what has been a very competitive league. The Bulls provided some surprises to the Dublin hockey community – though not to themselves – with that eye-catching performance as well as victory over Three Rock Rovers.
Railway Union were also in the frame while Rovers claimed the cup. The Town, meanwhile, held on to the Joey O’Meara Cup for the fifth year running.
This weekend, meanwhile, sees a trio of big matches at Serpentine Avenue on Saturday. Three Rock Rovers II play YMCA II for the fourth time this season in the Railway Cup decider at 2pm, followed on court by UCD and Bray in the division one/two playoff at 4pm.
Monkstown play Glenanne at 6pm in the heavily delayed U-21 final.
* For Deryck Vincent’s pictures of Hermes III vs Newbridge II, click here, and for photos of Newbridge III vs Bray V, click here.
16 Responses to “Railway II complete double: league and cup round-up”
April 21, 2009 7:44 am Anonymous says
Anybody know who won the mens minor cup?
April 21, 2009 11:29 am Anonymous says
is it true that the neville davin cup final has been moved again!?? if so this is a complete joke by the branch….
April 21, 2009 11:35 am Anonymous says
congrats railway and everyone involved especially mick, really proves you can go places if you have the right coaching system in place.are there any other coaches out there like him?available?
April 21, 2009 11:35 am Anonymous says
South East won minor cup. Don’t know score.
April 21, 2009 1:40 pm Anonymous says
Well done to Hermes 3s!!! Brilliant to see silverware coming from the lower divisions in Hermes too!! Well done to Helen Kilroy, Sarah Hilliard and all the girls!! Now we’ll have the Irish Junior Cup next please…..
April 21, 2009 2:01 pm Anonymous says
Monkstown will win the Under 21 final easily and prove they have the best youth set up around
April 21, 2009 2:02 pm Anonymous says
COME ON BROWNLOW!!!!!!!!!!!
April 21, 2009 2:21 pm Anonymous says
Anyone know the score in the minor cup final?
April 21, 2009 2:25 pm Anonymous says
It's definitely Railway Ladies year winning Division 1 & 2 fantastic. It's obvious their commitment & fitness played a big part as well as a great coach.
Think you should help your men's team out now!!
April 21, 2009 2:47 pm Anonymous says
i think glenanne will win the under 21′s final on saturday, three of the best underage players in leinster in shaw, kane and o’donaghue. monkstown are a one man team with stephen cole being there only threat.
April 21, 2009 3:04 pm Anonymous says
as a monkstown member i don’t think that the feeling in the club is that we will win the u21 cup easily. always beware of any glenanne team is my opinion.
but to suggest that stephen cole is the town’s ONLY threat is ludicrous. both sides are balanced while brimming with talent. the u21 final is always a good game between two strong teams.
April 21, 2009 6:02 pm Anonymous says
Obviously Coley is a huge threat and ‘town would be lost without him, but he isnt going to be there goalscoring hero! Thats why there side is balanced, coley will provide and abundance of chances for others such as Andrew Ward and Frank Ryan! He is an extremely important element in the side but most definetly not a one man side!
April 21, 2009 6:54 pm Anonymous says
I must say, Alec Barrett is Railway 2s coach, though Mick has obviously been involved with the team.
April 21, 2009 7:10 pm Anonymous says
Congratulation to Railway Ladies 2nd xi who won senior 2 last night beating Skerries 3 nil, great team, great coach and a fantastic fitness coach – icing on the cake would be to bring home the Irish Junior Cup on saturday. Well done Alex and the team
April 21, 2009 9:26 pm Anonymous says
corinthian 3′s were always gonna win their league. Fishbourne is class and dave mcfeely was top goalscorer in the club. at the back ian walsh was phenominal and they have an irish u18 keeper in dan gribben. they wer always gonna walk it
April 24, 2009 9:42 am Anonymous says
Quite the week for Alec “Besty” Barrett. Wins Div 2 as coach with his Railway 2′s side on Monday and then wins Div 3 as a player with Monkstown II on Wednesday! Good man!
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