Town bridge 41 year IJC gap

Men’s Irish Junior Cup final
Monkstown II 3 (Theo Kirwan, Andy Ewington, Frank Ryan) YMCA II 1 (Johnny Miller)

Monkstown deservedly took home the Irish Junior Cup for the first time in 41 years last Saturday at Belfield – their third team triumphing back in 1969 – as they were too sprightly for YMCA on a hot day at the National Hockey Stadium,

YM started the better with Craig Ellis pulling off a pair of fine saves from Gary Ryan and Stephen Walker.

But it was the Town who opened the scoring, a little against the run of play, through Theo Kirwan after a super pass from Andy Ewington in the 15th minute for the only goal of the half.

And they looked to have much more in the tank in the testing conditions as they held the box seat for much of the second half. And the sky-blues increased their lead in the 63rd minute through an Andy Ewington switch drag-flick, spotting an opening from previous corner routines.

A minute later, Frank Ryan sealed the deal against his old club after he netted following a super Richard Sykes through ball.

Ali Nolan was sin-binned soon after for a bad tackle and, piling on the pressure, Johnny Miller pulled one back following Charlie Carroll’s pass but, with two minutes left on the clock, it proved academic as the Town’s youthful side, led by Donal O’Mearain, broke the long drought for this title in front of a vocal crowd featuring many of their predecessors.

* For more of Adrian Boehm’s photos from Monkstown II vs YMCA II, click here

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