YM and Three Rock advance to Indoor final

Saturday’s group runners-up YMCA and Three Rock Rovers will contest the men’s National Indoor Trophy at the NBA (5.30pm) as they got the better of Glenanne and Railway Union respectively.

The Y were the first to take their place in the decider, keeping their heads the better in an ill-tempered second half as Andy Walker inspired them to victory.

Evenly poised at 3-3 at half-time, superb strikes from Walker and Marcus Richardson handed the Y a lead they never relinquished, making use of an extra man to better effect as Graham Shaw and Phil Powderly were both sin-binned.

The second semi-final was more precise in its exposition with more flow to it but far less goals. The first half was even enough but Railway will wonder how it took them so long to score in the second half as Wendel Armstrong kept out a glut of penalty corners.

From a quick counter, Mark English finally broke the deadlock in the 32nd minute. Within a minute, Michael Maguire levelled and Garry Ringwood squeezed a second in soon after.

With Rob Abbott sin-binned and Railway subbing their goalkeeper off, Rovers got the insurance goal late on through Peter Blakeney.

Men’s National Indoor semi-final results: YMCA 8 (Andy Walker 4,Dashiell Hewett, Marcus Richardson, Stephen Walker, Phil Powderly) Glenanne 5 (Bren Parsons 3, Eddie O’Malley, Joe Brennan); TRR 3 (Peter Blakeney, Garry Ringwood, Michael Maguire) Railway Union 1 (Mark English)

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