Avoca move six clear in Division Two

Men’s Division Two:
Avoca 4 (Sean Walsh 2, Martin Naughton 2) Rathgar 1 (Willy Wilshere)

Doubles from Sean Walsh and Martin Naughton saw Avoca come back from a goal down to complete a comprehensive game from a deceptively even game as the Blackrock side’s clinical edge contrasted with a student-style naivety from Rathgar. In midfield, Jonny Orr and Cliff Bailey played out an impressive tussle but it was in either circle that Avoca excelled despite going down to an early goal. Graham O’Neill’s lift over the back four found Willy Wilshere to slot home his second of the campaign.

But Australian Walsh waltzed his way through the circle to level direct from a sideline ball, using Enda Gallanagh as a foil on the back post. Naughton made it 2-1 when he latched onto a breakdown before Walsh got the third 12 minutes into the second half from a corner switched left.

Rathgar had one disallowed at this point while Sebastian Percivalle had denied Paul Tuthill brilliantly earlier in the tie as they created much but did not use their circle incursions to best effect. Naughton completed the win in the dying moments from a Gallanagh pull-back from the right baseline. With Weston’s game with Suttonians postponed, it leaves the Blackrock side six points clear of the pack at this early stage.

Neville Cup, second round: Fingal 5 (Glen Shekleton 3, Andy Shekleton, Dave Bane) Portrane 0
Fingal completed the semi-final line-up for the Neville Cup as Glen Shekleton netted a hat-trick while there was a welcome strike for Andy Shekleton after a lengthy time out, his first of this campaign. Fingal face Railway Union in the final four while the top half pairs UCD and Glenanne.

Trinity bowed out of the Irish Hockey Trophy with a chastening 7-1 loss to Queen’s while St James Gate were the one Leinster side to go through in the Challenge as they beat Portrush 1-0 while North Kildare and Naas were knocked out.

Men’s Irish Hockey Trophy, round one: Raphoe 2 (William Kilpatrick, Trevor Patterson) Newry 1; Queens 7 (Adam Louden 2, Gerard Kilough 2, David Cumins, Glen Whitten, Adam Goudy) Dublin University 1
Irish Hockey Challenge, round one: Ballynahinch 1 (Alex Millar) Naas 0; St James Gate 1 (Dave Smith) Portrush 0; Ballymena v Larne; Saintfield 3 (Gavin Fitzpatrick 2, Craig Posnett) North Kildare 0; Omagh w/o Parkview scr

Men's Leinster Senior Div 2