Men’s Leinster Division One
Corinthian 2 (Matt Fairweather 2) Three Rock Rovers 5 (Mitch Darling 2, Garry Ringwood, Peter Blakeney, Jody Hosking)
Three Rock retained their four-point lead at the top of division one as they completed the seasonal double over Corinthian at Whitechurch Park. Mitch Darling netted the first two inside the opening 20 minutes, the latter coming from a Jonny Bruton cross.
Garry Ringwood made it three from the penalty spot after a Peter Blakeney drag ended up hitting a face mask on the line for 4-0. Corinthian did fight back to win a series of penalty corners, two of which Matt Fairweather converted but Jody Hosking picked out the top corner to close out the win.
Pembroke 2 (Conor Harte, Simon McKeever) YMCA 1 (Ben Campbell)
Ian Clarke made an incredibly rare performance for Pembroke’s first team in goals as they shaded YMCA 2-1. Clarke had been one of the stalwarts of Glenanne’s golden era in the early part of this century before moving onto the coaching side of the game.
But, with first choice goalkeeper Mark Ingram picking up a nasty knee injury and second option Hugh Lavery with the Leinster U-18 side in Newtownabbey, they needed to innovate between the posts. He helped his side to a 2-1 win that retains their second spot in the division. It was far from routine, however, as YM pressed high from the first whistle and caused Pembroke plenty of problems before a bizarre final eight minutes led to an agonising loss for the visitors.
The first real chance fell to Andy Walker who hit the side netting when well placed after a great run down the right flank and pull back from Aaron Bailey. Pembroke’s only real openings in the first half came from two short corners, both of which were dealt with by Iain Walker. As the second half unfolded, Jamie Tobin couldn’t quite get the finishing touches to a couple of mazy dribbles into the circle and Clarke made a fine save low to his right from a short corner switch.
The tie remained in deadlock until the final eight minutes when Pembroke made the most of their one man advantage – Will Powderly spending time in the bin – when Conor Harte dragged home low from a corner. YM piled forward and grabbed an equaliser five minutes later when Bailey forced a corner and Ben Campbell dragged low under the keeper’s stick. From the restart, Pembroke overloaded down the right and a Ronan Flannery cross found Simon McKeever unmarked in the circle to bundle home and Pembroke held out for the two remaining minutes.
Monkstown 3 (Andy Ewington, Lee Cole, Ian Horsfield) UCD 1 (Nick Burns)
Monkstown saw off UCD to keep hold of third position in the division, ending UCD’s run of wins with second half goals from Lee Cole and Ian Horsfield proving the difference. The first goal came from an Andy Ewington deflection from a Ross Watkins’ reverse pass after 20 minutes, the New Zealander doing well to get in front of the defender to get a touch.
UCD equalised from the penalty spot after a tackle from behind in the circle, Nick Burns converting his tenth goal of the season past Stephen Ellis, making his first team debut after David Fitzgerald was ruled out on the morning of the game with a sore back.Town went back ahead from a corner with Cole finishing off before UCD piled forward with David Cole and Richard Sykes doing well to hold the hordes at bay. And the game was made safe by Horsfield with his very first goal for the first team, popping up to deflect after a great run and cross from Gareth Watkins with five minutes left.
Glenanne 5 (Gary Shaw 2, David O’Malley, Clive Kennedy, Eddie O’Malley) Rathgar 1 (Lennart Bakker)
Glenanne moved back up to sixth in the division as they recorded their double over Rathgar. They led from the 15th minute when Brian O’Malley slid home a rebound from a tight angle for the only goal of the first half.
Clive Kennedy made it 2-0 five minutes into the second half, a strike into the bottom right corner from the top of the circle. Gary Shaw got the third. the first runner blocked his drag flick but he smashed in the second attempt.
Eddie O’Malley built the lead further, finishing into the empty goal after great work down the right by Brian O’Malley. Gary Shaw got his second to make it 5-0, rounding the keeper and finishing on his reverse after Richie Shaw found him with a long ball. Rathgar got a consolation in the last few minutes, a tight finish from the endline by Lennart Bakker after Gareth Carragher was drawn off his line.