Men’s Irish Junior Cup final
Monkstown II 2 (A Ewington 2) Banbridge II 1 (R McCandless)
Monkstown’s incredible season keeps rolling on and on as they landed three more titles this weekend, adding to their Irish Senior Cup and Mills Cup titles.
For a third major final in under a month, Andy Ewington’s drag-flicks were critical as he powered home a couple to overturn Banbridge’s early advantage.
But the side were hugely indebted to Craig Ellis who produced a man of the match performance between the posts with a string of saves, notably denying Ross McCandless on a couple of occasions.
Banbridge took the lead from a corner by McCandless’s stick only for Andy Ewington to equalise from another corner. In the second half the game became really tight but in a Monkstown break away, the blues won a corner and up stepped Ewington again to slot home.
As the game wore on, Monkstown soaked a lot of pressure with Jake Beirne, Andy Ewington and Bobby Mason excellent at the back with Shane Nolan having a great game in midfield.
They held on to land their second title in four years with a much changed side with the likes of U-16 players David Nolan, Jazze Henry and Geoff Cole playing their part.
It added to a memorable couple of days for the club. Their men’s third team, runaway leaders for so long in division four, finally confirmed the league crown while their women’s side closed out a league and cup double on Sunday with the division 5/6 cup title in Grange Road on Sunday.
Monkstown II: C Ellis, A Ewington, I Stuart, R Mason, J Beirne, D Poff (capt), A Nolan, Z Dutton, R O’Moore, F Ryan, S Nolan, J Byrnes, G Cole, J Henry, S Allen, G Brown, D Nolan, R Watkins
Banbridge II: R O’Neill, R Bell, D Anderson (capt), S Caruth, T Stergeon, J Burns, J McKee, T Watt, R Woods, B Cosgrove, D McCracken, A Reid, D McAnulty, S McCandless, R McCandless, J Rowe, M Hurst, W Malcolmson