Men’s Leinster Division Two
Portrane 1 (Liam Kearney) Avoca 4 (Martin Naughton 2, Enda Gallanagh, Jonathan Elmes)
Avoca made a first dent in Portrane’s loss column since their promotion to division two, recovering from a goal deficit to record a decent win, showing a greater ability to take their chances on the day on Grange Road’s back pitch. It was an open, flowing tie and the northside club took the lead in the 10th minute when a long Mukhtar Ahmed ball travelled fully 50 metres for Liam Kearney to collect and score.
Avoca were level by half-time via Jonathan Elmes’ third corner goal in two games and they raced clear in the second period, part thankful to Sebastian Percivalle who pulled off a string of decent saves, denying Ralph Billings with the best of them. Enda Gallanagh put them ahead when he dived to finish off a pull-back while Martin Naughton (pictured) added a half-volley and another effort from close range late on to round off the win and keep their 100pc record intact ahead of a tester on Tuesday night against the Rathgar Chiefs.
Rathgar 3 (Willy Wilshere, Paul Tuthill, Dan Needham) Dublin University 0
Trinity’s old boy’s network combined to thwart the students as three graduates weighed in with goals against their alma mater to continue their rough start to the season. Willy Wilshere got the first completing a rebound after Paul Tuthill and Stu Cinnamond’s quick breakaway fell to Dan Needham whose shot was saved to the powerful midfielder to finish off. Shane Gould created the second, finding Tuthill who finished off on his reverse to make it 15 goals in ten games for the club. Needham completed the win from a Cian Denham cross while Trinity produced pretty patterns and some flowing hockey but found end product hard to come by, leaving them in fifth.
Weston 2 (Rob Lynch, Daryl Carey) Suttonians 3 (Conor Gillett 2, Chris Tyrell)
Suttonians continued their perfect start to the season with a stop-start victory over Weston in Griffeen Valley Park, making it three wins from three with the Lucan side are still waiting for their first league win since they won promotion to division one at Sutton in 2010. Rob Lynch’s fifth goal of the campaign gave the hosts an early lead from a corner down the middle but Conor Gillett tied matters when Ferdia Carthy’s reverse cross fell his way and he slipped it home. Darrell Reamsbottom created the go-ahead goal, turned in on the back post again by Gillett but Weston were back on terms once more when Daryl Carey finished off a scramble. But Chris Tyrell nabbed the winner on the rebound at the back post to claim the spoils and – with Portrane losing – sees them take top spot for the first time this term.