Men’s Division One:
Monkstown 1 (Andy Ewington) Railway Union 0
Andy Ewington’s (pictured) low drag-flick inside 100 seconds proved the only goal of a freezing night at Rathdown on a pitch that looked to be scarcely playable given the number of slips and slides both teams endured. The three points were invaluable for Monkstown in their bid to claim an automatic IHL spot for a third year running and they were decent value for the points and should have made the game safer from at least one of six second half corners.
Stephen O’Keeffe impressed between the posts while Ken Carroll was a tough roadblock in the centre for a forward line shorn of the ill Gareth Watkins and Ian Allen. Andrew Ward went closest to doubling the lead with a bizarre deflection to a ball deflected high off a Railway stick that looked to the whole gallery to have snuck in.
For Railway’s part, they did draw a remarkable save from Dave Fitzgerald in the first half while he was equal to a Fred Gilmore first time effort from the right of the circle after a sublime Mark English through ball. English also had a snap-shot well batted down but the Town certainly held sway. Karl Chapple was sin-binned in the first half for a bad tackle while Stephen Cole’s yellow for hitting a ball away did not lead to any major drama in the final five minutes.
Men’s Division Two:
Navan 2 (Simon Clarke 2) Dublin University 9 (Tolly Humphreys 2, Craig Moore 2, Henry Butler, Chris Tyrell 3, Daire Coady)
Trinity struck nine times for the third time since the turn of the year and while it is probably too late to consider it a title charge with two games to go, second place is not inconceivable given a couple of fixtures the current top three must fight out amongst themselves. The students raced into a seven goal lead before Simon Clarke pulled back a couple for the Badgers but the damage was already long done. With Bray and Navan still to play, a points total of 26 points could yet put the cat amongst the pigeons.