Rovers and Railway earn late reprieves

Men’s Division One
Weston 2 (Enda Tucker, Vikram Singh) Three Rock Rovers 3 (Peter Blakeney 2, Colin Huet)

Weston showed huge character to bounce back from their midweek mauling at the hands of Fingal but were left with a probably more deflating position as a point was stolen from them right at the last.

Peter Blakeney scored a penalty corner after the final whistle to snatch all three points and keep Rovers in the hunt for an IHL wildcard place.

They spurned a number of chances though Blakeney and Colin Huet did get on the scoresheet. But they went in the closing stages on level terms as Enda Tucker ended a seven-game scoreless run – dating back to November 20 in the league.

He scored from a corner after Rovers were pinged for not retreating five metres inside the 25. The second came on the counter-attack with Simon Pearson running 40 yards down the left before squaring for Daryl Carey. Stephen West half-saved his effort but Vikram Singh tapped in the loose ball for 2-2. And a useful point looked to be theirs until Blakeney stepped up to score and break the Lucan side’s hearts.

Railway Union 3 (Mark English, Eoin MacArthur, Rob Abbott) UCD 2 (Keith Kenning 2)
Rob Abott’s goal seven minutes from time secured a valuable victory for Railway as the race for the IHL wildcard playoff place continues apace, rendering a Keith Kenning-inspired comeback ultimately fruitless.

The Park Avenue hosts raced out of the traps, Mark English reversing home in the sixth minute and Eoin MacArthur made it 2-0 in the 14th shooting home from the edge of the circle.

But Kenning scored two identikit goals in a 120 second period around the 46th minute. The first was slightly better than the second, a right-wing move culminating in John Brennan playing the ball in and the former Monkstown man did well to control on his reverse and finish.

His second had the same provider but was a little scrappier in its completion but the net effect was the same and UCD were back on terms, responding to a half-time wake-up call from Rory O’Donoghue.

But Rob Abbott finished off late on after a bout of ping-pong in the student’s circle to move Railway into a tie for fifth with Corinthian, though with one game extra played.

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1