Three Leinster sides still stand in men’s IJC

Men’s Irish Junior Cup and Division Two round-up
Three Leinster sides will go into Monday’s quarter-final draw of the men’s Irish Junior Cup after bring wins for Monkstown, Pembroke and Three Rock Rovers’ second teams on Saturday.

Rovers was the most eye-catching in a bizarre 15-goal tie at Deramore Park against Belfast Harlequins, claiming a 10-5 win with nine different goalscorers on the mark. Dylan Cullen and James Walker netted twice within a minute around the 20-minute mark, kick-starting a mad-cap run in to half time.

Quins equalised for 2-2 only for Three Rock to build a 5-2 half-time lead with goals from Fred Morris and a pair from Steven Roberts. That lengthened out to 9-2 before the hosts pulled back three goals in the closing seven minutes.

Monkstown had too much in the tank for Railway Union as Jordan Larmour clipped a pair. David Nolan got the only goal of the first half before Larmour doubled the advantage before Karl Chapple got one back with 23 minutes to go. But Larmour’s second and an Alec Barrett penalty stroke saw Town through.

Pembroke, meanwhile, added to their excellent league form with a 7-1 win over Mossley at Serpentine Avenue with Andrew Shekleton on the mark twice.

Kilkenny's Tom Manning scored a hat trick in his side's win over Dublin University Pic: Adrian Boehm

Kilkenny’s Tom Manning scored a hat trick in his side’s win over Dublin University Pic: Adrian Boehm

YMCA bowed out to Cork Harlequins for whom Paul Lombard – after finally stepping down to seconds level after a glittering career with the firsts – was the key man in a 4-1 result. Glenanne bowed out at the hands of Lisnagarvey.

Annadale were surprise departures, too, as they lost to Cookstown. The Ulster Junior One leaders fell to a Co Tyrone side that they had beaten 4-0 in the league recently. Instonians put their league woes behind them to see off Cork C of I by a single goal.

Over the course of the weekend in Leinster’s division two, Pembroke II overcame a tough battle with Clontarf to maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table as David Molloy netted the vital goal in a 2-1 win.

Avoca kept pace with them via a 2-0 win Lucan against Weston with Leinster U-16 Elliott Goode continuing his fine goalscoring form since introduced to the first team. He was on the mark along with Andrew Ramsay.

Below them, Kilkenny are hanging on for a potential shot at a playoff in third place thanks to a 5-1 win over Dublin University. Connor Montgomery had given the students the lead from a long corner move but the cats levelled from a short corner second phase with Lloyd Pearson tapping in.

It was 1-1 at half-time but the hosts were in rude form thereafter. Derek O’Gorman put them in front for the first time from a penalty stroke after Jonas Ludwig was fouled when set to finish. Tom Manning then added a trio of goals, the last one a sweeping move upfield after a Trinity corner had broken down.

YMCA II moved further clear of the drop zone, making it three games unbeaten, when they saw off Monkstown II. Graham McCoy got them up and running after good work from Dylan Swanepoel in the build-up while Andrew Meates put YM 2-1 with a reverse. Twice Monkstown fought back but McCoy’s second and a first for the club from Paddy O’Connor closed out a 4-2 result.

Robbie O’Hanlon, meanwhile, snatched a last minute point for Suttonians at Grange Road as they drew with TRR II 3-3. Jack Ryan’s deflection put the visitors in front but a Garry Ringwood from a Stephen Findlater assist and a top circle deflection from Steven Roberts swapped the lead before half-time.

Findlater then cut in from left back to scramble home for 3-1 15 minutes into the second half. But Sutton replied well, winning a series of late corners, and were level when Darrell Reamsbottom got on the end of a quickly taken free outside the 25. Keith O’Hare then turned over ball in the last phases and the ball scurried in to O’Hanlon’s path to backhand the ball home.

Despite the point, it leaves Rovers in ninth place, making their tie with Weston next Sunday a make or break tie.

Irish Junior Cup, second round: Cookstown 3 (R Miller 2, A Smyth) Annadale 2 (P Jackson, AN Other); Monkstown 4 (J Larmour 2, D Nolan, A Barrett) Railway Union 1 (K Chapple); Pembroke 7 (A Shekleton 2, J Sherriff, C Wilson, D Loughrey, S Furlong, G Shekleton) Mossley 2; Belfast Harlequins 5 Three Rock Rovers 10 (S Roberts 2, D Cullen, J Walker, F Morris, L McSharry, J Blakeney, D Shirley, own goal); Banbridge 3 Portadown 0; Instonians 1 (D Johnston) Cork C of I 0; Lisnagarvey 5 (J Dowling, P Stirling, A Martin, P Fleming, G Whitten) Glenanne 1 (D O’Malley); Cork Harlequins 4 (P Lombard 2, P Holland, P Murray) YMCA 1 (G Harris)

Division Two: Weston 0 Avoca 2 (Elliott Goode, Andrew Ramsay); Kilkenny 5 (Tom Manning 3, Lloyd Pearson, Derek O’Gorman) Dublin Uni 1 (Connor Montgomery); Three Rock Rovers II 3 (Garry Ringwood, Steven Roberts, Stephen Findlater) Suttonians 3 (Jack Ryan, Darrell Reamsbottom, Rob O’Hanlon); Clontarf 1 Pembroke II 2 (Andrew Shekleton, David Molloy); YMCA II 4 (G McCoy 2, A Meates, P O’Connor) Monkstown II 2

Men's Leinster Senior Div 2