Neville Cup, Round One
YMCA 3 (Richie Pedreschi, Mikey Fry, David Robinson) TRR 1 (Garry Ringwood)
YMCA continued their fine recent form against Three Rock Rovers to record a comfortable opening day win and reach the last eight of the Neville Cup at Alexandra College.
Shane Madeley had an early goal chalked off but, from then on, YM were comfortably in control with Richie Pedreschi’s fine touch opening the scoring before Mikey Fry finished off a good team move. David Robinson completed their tally in the 60th minute with a drag-flick.
Rovers only response came late on from the penalty spot while Neil Lyons picked up his first yellow card since U-16 level hockey.
UCD 2 (Ronan Flannery, Tim Hill) Fingal 3 (Trevor Parsons, David Bane, Paddy Gahan)
Three goals in 14 second half minutes swung this tie in Fingal’s favour as they over-turned a 1-0 half-time deficit to beat John McInroy’s UCD at Belfield.
Ronan Flannery’s first half corner gave the students the lead in a tetchy first half which saw four green cards and Fingal reduced to nine men when Paddy Gahan and Brian Gray were both sin-binned.
But they bounced back with goals from Trevor Parsons, David Bane and Gahan to lead 3-1 with 20 minutes left. Tim Hill scored on debut to pull one back late on.
Glenanne 6 (Shane O’Donoghue 2, Mark Lambe 2, Eddie O’Malley, Alan Lewis) Suttonians 0
Glenanne enjoyed a comfortable easing into the competitive season with a half-dozen goals against Suttonians at St Mark’s this afternoon. Teenager Shane O’Donoghue responded to his recent call-up to the Ireland A futures panel with a brace while the more experienced Mark Lambe also netted twice.