Neville Cup quarter-finals
Corinthian 4 (Lucas Piccioli 2, Davy Carson, Glenn Holmes) Pembroke 2 (Justin Sherriff 2)
Corinthian comfortably got past Pembroke to reach the Neville Cup semi-finals, building up a 4-1 lead by half-time, inspired once again by Lucas Piccioli’s trickery.
Davy Carson scored against his former club inside two minutes, tapping in after a virtuoso run from Glenn Holmes who used his pace to burn past Peter Priestly and Ken Treacy on half-way and square for the Irish U-18 international.
Justin Sherriff nailed a corner to level but Piccioli’s double swung the tie irreversibly. He stole off a hesitant Stu Garrett to bounce over David Harte for 2-1 and he put some distance between the sides when he turned Priestly in the circle from Alan Blennerhassett’s simple ball in and found the bottom right corner.
He turned provider for Holmes’ goal, the only player to react when a corner might have been awarded, flipping over Harte to leave the simplest of tasks for the striker; a just reward for a pitch length move. Sherriff pulled one back late on with a drag-flick but it was a tough stint for Pembroke with just two subs available.
Fingal 1 (Gary Sharman) Monkstown 2 (Alec Barrett ps, Stephen Cole) on golden goal
Stephen Cole’s stunning golden goal put Monkstown into the semi-final of the Neville Cup, guaranteeing Rory O’Donoghue a semi-final date against his former club, Glenanne, in late November.
Alec Barrett scored a penalty stroke in the second half after Ben Chillingworth took one to the body on the line for 1-0. But Gary Sharman scored a rebounded corner goal – his first since joining from Kilkenny – to force extra-time.
YMCA 5 (Andy Walker 2, Mikey Fry, Cliff Bailey, Jacob Webber) Clontarf 0
Clontarf got a harsh lesson of what to expect in the season to come in division one as they conceded five and, were it not for goalkeeper Stephen Kearns’ form, it could have been more.
Jacob Webber scored three days after returning from Australia while Cliff Bailey got his first goal for the club to add to strikes from more established YM players Mikey Fry and Andy Walker.
Skerries scr Glenanne w/o
Semi-final draw: Monkstown vs Glenanne; Corinthian vs YMCA
* For more of Adrian Boehm’s pics from the Corinthian vs Pembroke game, click here