Wednesday’s Mills Cup victory for Monkstown added another justification to the cup specialist’s tag as they have two cup finals to look forward to in their bid to finally get back amongst the senior silverware.
That roadshow switches to the Irish Senior Cup tomorrow when they entertain Instonians at Rathdown in the highlight of the Leinster-based men’s action.
William Robinson was the corner threat that day but Imtiaz Pannu has been added to that particular scoring avenue since.
Stephen Redpath is a powerful foe while Paddy Brown and Julian Lewis can bring experience of the big occasion.
But the pace of Kyle Good and Gareth Watkins along with Richard Sykes’ immense flicking – both in play and at corners – mean a third semi-final in four years is within reach.
Fingal are the other Leinster side still standing amid a sea of six Ulster teams. Their trip to Cookstown is one of the toughest going if last Sunday’s Kirk Cup success over Lisnagarvey is anything to go by.
Ian Sloan was superb that day while brother Stephen, Timmy and Stuart Smyth while old-stager Andy Barbour is still pulling the strings.
Fingal’s counter-attack game will be put to the test but if Adrian Sweeney can get a few one-on-ones, with school’s international Mark Ryan following up, they have a game which will always give them a chance at an upset.
In Belfast, the highlight is the meeting of Annadale and Lisnagarvey at Carryduff, both hoping to keep their dream of an EHL place alive.
Civil Service play Banbridge at Stormont, the venue where the draw for the semi-finals of the competition will be played.
In Leinster’s division one, Three Rock and Corinthian have the IHL wildcard play-off on their minds. Their mini-league with Railway Union has already seen all their head-to-heads played, meaning that how the trio fare against the top four is likely to decide their fate.
To that end, Three Rock realistically must get a surprise result from tough encounters at Grange Road with Glenanne and Monkstown this weekend. Injuries for the most part have cleared up with Jason Bryan’s hamstring the sole absentee.
For Glenanne, victory will lift them four points clear of the pack, pushing home the benefit of YM’s first league defeat a fortnight ago. Shane O’Donoghue has been in brilliant form all season while coping with Brendan Parsons and Mick McGuinness’ overlapping tendencies will be a test for Arul Anthoni against his former charges.
Tim Hill’s men, though, have been a particularly rough road bump for the sides in mid-table, drawing with the reds earlier this term with an all-action performance.
Channelling some of that force rather than that of the capitulation against the Glens and this could be a battle. Davy Carson remains a couple of weeks away from a return.
In division two, Avoca have doubts over Ezra Handelman, Peter and Mark Haughton, Paudie Carley, Enda Gallanagh, Dan Grim and Rob Pearson through illness or injury for their home tie with Navan as they aim to keep top spot.
Clontarf look to profit from any slip-up, hosting the Rathgar Chiefs – the current second place side.
Dublin Uni need victory against Suttonians to keep in touch but the seasiders come into the tie off the back of Thursday night’s thrilling 5-4 silver goal win over Avoca. In a cracking tie, normal-time ended 4-4 before Sutton hit a late corner to win it, though the Blackrock side hit the post in the dying moments, too.
The students also come into the tie off the back of a decent win, Stephen Roberts’ corner and Henry Butler’s strike handing them three points against the Rathgar Chiefs last time out.
Irish Senior Cup quarter-finals: Cookstown v Fingal (Coolnafranky, 2.30pm); Annadale v Lisnagarvey (Lough Moss, 2.30pm); NICS v Banbridge (Stormont, 2.30pm); Monkstown v Instonians (Rathdown, 2pm).
Leinster Division One (Saturday): Corinthian vs UCD, 1.30pm, Whitechurch Park; Three Rock Rovers vs Glenanne, 12.15pm, Grange Road
Sunday: Three Rock Rovers vs Monkstown, 1.30pm, Grange Road
Men’s Leinster Division Two (Saturday): Avoca vs Navan, 1.45pm, Newpark; Clontarf vs Rathgar Chiefs, 2pm, Mount Temple; Dublin University vs Suttonians, 12.30pm, Grange Road
Neville Davin Cup, semi-final: Clontarf vs Suttonians, 3pm, Mount Temple