Men’s Leinster Division Two
Avoca 3 (Rob Pearson 2, Ezra Handelman) Portrane 2 (Chris Neville, Peter Rowlands)
Avoca maintained their place as the joint leaders of division two as they snuck home past Portrane at Newpark. A pair of Rob Pearson corner strikes brought his tally to three in two games since returning from injury but his day finished on a low note as he fractured two bones in his finger and may be forced to sit out much of the remainder of the season. Ezra Handelman made it 3-0, flicking home from mid-circle but Portrane were back in the frame before half-time as Chris Neville finished off a corner switch and Peter Rowlands got one on the break, finishing off after Stefan Gallagher had initially saved. No further goals in the second half saw Avoca hold on for all the points.
** For Alwyn Robinson’s pictures from this game, click here
Suttonians 5 (Harry Spain, Alan Davis, Conor Gillett, Richie Wormald, Mick McGuinness) Weston 2 (Phil Baron 2)
Suttonians set up a mouth-watering date with Avoca next Saturday as they got the better of Weston to all but shake off the Lucan side’s promotion dreams. Phil Baron and Harry Spain exchanged early corners – the game saw both side win eight set-pieces in total – before Suttonians pulled well clear with three goals on the trot. Alan Davis slapped home Reuben Holden’s cross from the right from a fast break before Conor Gillett nabbed possession from Davitt Meenaghan and slipped home for 3-1. In the second half, Richie Wormald deflected in a corner move before Baron dragged another in to reduce the gap to 4-2 but the sealer came when Mick McGuinness fired in a reverse from the top of the circle.
Dublin University 5 (Stuart Malcolm, Cian Speers, Steven Roberts, Steven Nolan, AN Other) Rathgar 3 (Stu Cinnamond, Simon Creane, Willie Wilshere)
Trinity kept alive their outside chance of promotion as they got the better of many of their old boys at Grange Road last Saturday. Stu Cinnamond’s corner goal, hit on the reverse after an off-course push-out, put the Chiefs one up. The students were level, though, with a superb effort from Steven Roberts as he slid onto a ball outside the back post to first time on to Steven Nolan’s cross. From there, they built a 3-1 lead with Stu Malcolm cracking home a corner but the Chiefs came back with former Kilkenny man Simon Creane reversing in one and Willie Wilshere nabbing another on his return from injury. Cian Speers, though, restored the lead when he got to the endline and spotted a near-post gap which he exploited. And the win was completed when Dan Gribben batted down an initial shot but was powerless to prevent Nolan who was waiting on the rebound and duly pounced.
** For Jack Hegarty’s pictures from this game, click here