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