Railway team to beat at National Indoors

Railway Union look the side to beat in both the men’s and women’s National Indoor Trophy competition’s as they swept to respective group success on a day when Pembroke relinquished their men’s crown at the National Basketball Arena.

The men were the big winners, wrapping up qualification with a thumping 10-1 win over Monkstown before sealing top spot in the group with a 9-3 win over YMCA.

Two second half sin-binnings did not help the Y as a 2-2 half-time score was converted into a big win with Rob Abbott, Fiachra Maher and a hat-trick from Paul O’Brien stretching the advantage. YM took second spot courtesy of their 6-3 win over the Town in the group’s opening game.

On the other side of the draw, Pembroke were unable to complete first half leads into endgame points. They led 3-2 against both Glenanne and Three Rock but ended losing 7-5 and 6-3 respectively to conclude their interest in the competition.

Czech international Filip Jaros’ efforts were central to the Glens, netting a hat-trick against Pembroke and he was also on the mark in the 4-0 success over Rovers to claim top spot in the group.

On the women’s side, Armagh are into their first semi-final as they got off to a flier with a tight-won 3-2 victory over Old Alex. Galway’s subsequent 4-3 win over Alex meant the final game solely decided top and second with the Ulster side rocking up a 7-2 success.

They will face Trinity in the final four after they dramatically got the better of Glenanne 2-0. Rachel Scott was awarded a double on the scorer’s sheet though one of her efforts seemed to be chalked off for driving through a tackle in the build-up.

Had Glenanne scored one of their eight corners or netted as they threw the kitchen sink forward – swapping out their goalkeeper in the latter stages – it could have been controversial but Jessie Elliott kept a clean sheet to make it academic.

Glenanne almost shocked holders Railway in this group’s first game when they led 2-1 but Cecelia Joyce and Kate Dillon scored to nick the win.

Their success over Trinity was more clear-cut, Dillon adding another pair in the second half to record a 4-1 win. Railway face Galway in a repeat of last year’s semi-final as a result.

Women’s Group One results: Armagh 3 Old Alex 2; Old Alex 3 Galway 4; Galway 2 Armagh 7
Standings: 1. Armagh 6pts (+6) 2. Galway 3pts (-4) 3. Old Alex 0pts (-2)

Women’s Group Two results: Railway Union 3 Glenanne 2; Trinity 1 Railway Union 4; Glenanne 0 Trinity 2
Standings: 1. Railway Union 6pts (+4) 2. Trinity 3pts (-1) 3. Glenanne 0pts (-3)

Men’s Group Three results: Glenanne 7 Pembroke 5; Pembroke 3 TRR 6; TRR 0 Glenanne 4
Standings: 1. Glenanne 6pts (+6) 2. TRR 3pts (-1) 3. Pembroke 0pts (-5)

Men’s Group Four results: YMCA 6 Monkstown 3; Monkstown 1 Railway Union 10; Railway 9 YMCA 3
Standings: 1. Railway Union 6pts (+15) 2. YMCA 3pts (-3) 3. Monkstown 0pts (-12)

Men’s semi-final draw (all to be played at the National Basketball Arena): Glenanne vs YMCA (10am); TRR vs Railway Union (12pm)
Women’s semi-final draw (all to be played at the National Basketball Arena): Railway Union vs Galway (11am); Trinity vs Armagh (1pm)

** For pictures of Railway Union’s ladies indoor team taken by Tristan Seaton-Stedham, click here

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