Men’s Leinster Division Two
Pembroke II took advantage of dropped points around them to build a significant four point lead in men’s division two as they ran up an 8-1 win over Weston in Griffeen Valley Park. At the start of the game, Weston looked to be an aggressive and compact proposition and scored a nice team goal as they controlled the first 20 minutes.
The Dublin 4 side were struggling to open Weston up with Enda Tucker mopping up everything down the centre but Pembroke managed to get on terms when Justin Sherriff scored off the back of a neat assist from David Loughrey. Jacob Offerman scored a goalmouth scramble to make it 2-1 at half-time and, from there, Pembroke well and truly blitzed the Lucan outfit.Patrick Good got two quick goals, the second from a lovely deflection after good work out wide by Andy Shekelton. David Quinn, their standout player on the day, got a great goal – intercepting on the 25 before exchanging passes with Good before finishing top corner in a one on one with Ronan Walsh.
Craig Wilson got a goal from another quick counter attack while Scott Furlong scored a debatable penalty stroke. Alex Service got the last with a superb diving deflection to a bobbly David Quinn slap into the circle from the right.
With Avoca losing and Kilkenny drawing, it made for the perfect weekend for Pembroke. In Suttonians, Avoca played out an even first half with the hosts having a strong shout for a stroke off the back of one of their penalty corners while the Blackrock side caused trouble with a number of crash balls, one of which ultimately paid off, going it off the goalkeeper.
Avoca pressed hard in the second half to extend their lead but Suttonians were back level from a corner which Jack Ryan scored and, with five minutes to go, Suttonians got their winner when Mark Bergin found Darrell Reamsbottom in the D and he slotted home.
Graham McCoy’s hat trick saw YMCA II earn a draw in Kilkenny, a result that lifts them two places and out of the relegation zone while putting the cats seven points off the pace.
Monkstown II and Clontarf pulled away from the relegation area as they saw off Three Rock Rovers II and Dublin University, respectively. They both did it the hard way, falling behind before fighting back to win. Tarf’s win was more dramatic as they went 2-0 down at half-time. A quickly taken free led to a Cain Cooney lifeline at the back post and the bulls were level when Kevin Mullins ran the baseline and pulled back for Timmy Cullen to push home.
Robert Forrest go the winner with 15 minutes to go as the ball was miscontrolled and Forrest hit the ball first time home as they squeezed the life out of Trinity in the second period.
Town, meanwhile, were grateful to Andrew Ward’s build-up work in their win. Shane Madeley’s drag-flick put Rovers in front inside the first ten minutes but Ward’s smart work on the left baseline created the path for Wilf King to volley in from close range off Wendel Armstrong’s pads. Ward had one across worm its way just across the face of goal while another cross was duly turned in by a defender for 2-1.
The second half was a wide open affair with both sides having chances to build their score with Jamie Carr making some good stops while Rovers did some last ditch defending.
Results: Monkstown II 2 (Wilf King, own goal) Three Rock Rovers II 1 (Shane Madeley); Weston 1 Pembroke II 8 (Patrick Good 2, Jacob Offerman, Justin Sherriff, David Quinn, Alex Service, Craig Wilson, Scott Furlong); Suttonians 2 (Jack Ryan, Darrell Reamsbottom) Avoca 1; Dublin University 2 (R McMahon, Stu Malcolm) Clontarf 3 (Cain Cooney, TImmy Cullen, Robert Forrest); Kilkenny 3 YMCA II 3 (Graham McCoy 3)