Cork C of I and Cookstown claim festive crowns

Peard Cup final
Cork C of I 3 (own goal, Gary Wilkinson, Stephen Sweetnam) Cork Harlequins 1 (David Egner)

Cork C of I made it three in-a-row in the Peard Cup at Harlequins’ Farmer’s Cross home, comfortably out-doing the reigning Irish Senior Cup champions.

They raced into a three-goal lead and scarcely looked back to take the first major piece of silverware of the Munster hockey calendar.

David Hobbs – in opposition to three of his brothers – created the first when his left-wing cross rebounded off a couple of sticks and was eventually turned by Quins’ defender Jason Black.

Underage international Gary Wilkinson added the second in the 28th minute as Richie Sweetnam and David Harvey neatly worked an opening down the right baseline.

The latter whipped the ball back to Wilkinson who fired home low on his backhand side. He duly hit the post while Rob Hobbs served a suspension before Andrew Daunt and David Hobbs combined to create the clincher from Stephen Sweetnam.

Quins did rally while the impressive Alec Moffett, pictured, spent time in the sin-bin. David Eakins hit a post while Black had an effort taken off the line by Harvey before Dave Egner blasted into the top corner but way too late to affect the outcome.

Cork C of I: B Lynch, A Moffett, G Wilkinson, S Sweetnam, D Harvey, David Hobbs, D Hales, A Daunt, A Smith, A Burns, R Sweetnam, N Buttimer, R Lynch, S Wolfe, P Sweetnam
Cork Harlequins: N Bryan, J Black, D Eakins, D Egner, P O’Drisoll, J Hobbs, Dan Hobbs, R Hobbs, M Black, P McLaughlin, S Nicholson, D Farrell, J Sweetnam, C Ross, S Thompson, D Beamish

Kirk Cup final
Cookstown 3 (Stuart Smyth, Gareth Cuddy, Keith Black) Lisnagarvey 1 (Timmy Cockram)

Cookstown picked up a surprisingly comfortable 3-1 win over Irish Hockey League champions Lisnagarvey to land their fifth Kirk Cup in Havelock Park.

As in Munster, it was built off the back of a three-goal lead, rendering Timmy Cockram’s late penalty corner goal five minutes from the end meaningless.

The Co Tyrone side showed their intent inside the first minute when Greg Allen had an effort taken off the line but the opener was not long in arriving. Paul Thompson burst through two tackles before finding Jonny Ames on the backline and his sharp pass allowed Stuart Smyth walk the ball into an empty net.

Smyth created the second early in the second period, his tantalising cross allowing Gareth Cuddy deflect into an empty net. And it was game over when Keith Black netted from the penalty spot deep into the second half.

Cockram’s corner drew a ripple of applause but little else as Cookstown ran up their fourth success in the competition in the last seven years, over-turning last term’s 2-1 loss in the annual yule-time final.

It proved an emotional moment for Simon Todd, the experienced former Mossley man, playing his first cup final of any ilk since switching clubs in the autumn.

Cookstown: S Smyth, G Cuddy, K Black, S Sloan, P Thompson, J Ames, G Allen, I Hughes, E Butler, G Irwin, D Best, M Rollins, A Barbour, S Todd, R Millar, M Anderson
Lisnagarvey: J Tormey, B Waring, S Arbuthnot, J Bell, R Arneill, J Quigley, P MacDonnell, D Buser, S McNeice, M Raphael, G Thompson, T Cockram, A Forrest, P Bland, J Dowling, P Stirling

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