Men’s Division One
Glenanne 7 (Joe Brennan 4, Gary Shaw 2, Shane O’Donoghue) Monkstown 4 (Andy Ewington, Stephen Cole, Kyle Good, Gavin O’Halloran)
Three Joe Brennan goals between the 60th and 65th minute kept Glenanne’s 100pc record in tact in the best league game to date in Leinster, edging a game of 11 goals in Tallaght.
Gary Shaw started the scoring with a fine touch to Shane O’Donoghue’s ball before Joe Brennan got his first of four from a penalty corner. Andy Ewington pulled one back with a corner strike of his own but the two goal advantage was restored when Shaw got another vital touch, this time to Stephen Brownlow’s crash ball.
Stephen Cole made it 3-2 at the break when he scored a penalty stroke – Brennan shown yellow as he dropped his stick amid a last-ditch tackle in the lead-up.
And Kyle Good made the game level with his third of the season following a fine break down the left wing. O’Donoghue scored another corner to make it 4-3 but the sides were even once more when Gavin O’Halloran tapped home following Cole’s excellent build-up play.
But, with ten minutes remaining, a medley of flicks, two from the spot and one from a corner, gave this cracker its final twist.
Six yellow cards also marked the game – four for the Glens, two for Monkstown – while stand-in goalkeeper Craig Ellis had an impressive game despite the scoreline as chances flowed thick and fast.
UCD 3 (Luke Chadwick, Rob Anderson, Shane O’Donnell) Three Rock Rovers 3 (Patrick Shanahan, Peter McConnell, Peter Blakeney)
UCD got their league season off to a decent start as they nabbed a late point at Belfield, their midfield of Luke Chadwick and Conor Motyer showing they have plenty to offer in the season ahead.
Shane O’Donnell’s last-minute drag-flick levelled the tie for the third – and most decisive – time. Within five minutes, Luke Chadwick wormed his way down the left end-line and squeezed in at the near post.
Patrick Shanahan’s topped reverse made it 1-1 before Peter McConnell scored a corner goal and that was the way it stayed for the majority of the game.
But a frantic closing ten minutes saw the students the happier at full-time. Rob Anderson scored amid a goal-mouth scramble for 2-2 only for Peter Blakeney to give Rovers the lead from a set-piece.
O’Donnell, though, had the last gasp as Three Rock were also left ruing a pair of sin-binnings – bringing their tally to five in four games this term.
Corinthian 1 (Alan Blennerhassett) Railway Union 1 (Peter English)
Honours even in a low-key game at Whitechurch Park which never truly caught fire. Alan Blennehassett opened the scoring 15 minutes from time from the penalty spot after a corner rebound shot was impeded but Peter English dragged Railway level after Richie Forrest’s cross found a foot.
A low corner count of three to one in favour of the reds was evidence of the low number of chances with Railway disciplined in defence, barring Rob Devlin’s first ever yellow card.
Weston 2 (Frank Maile, Simon Pearson) Fingal 5 (Gary Sharman 2, David Bane, Aidan Sweeney, Chris Neville)
Weston’s division one home debut got off to the dream start, racing into a 2-0 lead, but ended in agony as Fingal found their feet to make it to the line with a little to spare.
Australian Frank Maile showed his quality as a corner injection was miscued but he reacted quickest, pulled the ball out of the circle, beat a man and fired in a reverse-stick effort.
Simon Pearson made it two when he was found on the top of the circle and did well to find a gap under Nigel Grothier.
The returning Vinny Byrne was in good form between the posts, producing one excellent triple save in the first half. David Bane did get one back in the 30th minute, though, his third corner goal against Weston this season.
And Mark Ryan’s steal and assist for Aidan Sweeney to pummel home tied the game. Gary Sharman added a double, a deflection and a rebound, before Chris Neville prospered from a loose pass to round the goalkeeper and score.