Fingal breathed a heavy sigh of relief this evening as their place in men’s Leinster division one was assured on Tuesday evening as Three Rock scraped a 3-2 win over Rathgar a High School ice rink, leaving the Chiefs destined for a playoff date.
Rathgar had led 2-1 against a Rovers’ side that needed just a point to assure them of second place in the table and had their chances in the second half to retake the lead but saw Freddie Hill denied while Lennart Bakker went inches wide.Jonny Bruton – the almost certain Hennessy Cup winner – popped up with a winner midway through that second half with a corner deflection, his 19th goal of the season condemning Rathgar to tenth spot in the table.
In the past, that might have seen them relegated but, with Pembroke II looking certain to win the second tier this weekend, the new division two set-up means that there is not likely to be an automatic promotion with Avoca odds on to be the playoff incumbent.
Earlier in the evening, Fred Morris had put Rovers in front only for Stephen Thompson and Bakker to swing the tie the Chiefs’ way. Jody Hosking levelled at the break but the sloppy surface meant life was never comfortable for Three Rock and a slip allowed Freddie Hill through one-on-one with Stephen West who slid out well.
Bakker then fizzed a free shot just past the left post before Rovers finally exerted some control in the last quarter once their third was scored.
Elsewhere, Ryan Hohn first goals in division two this season propelled Monkstown II to a 3-2 win in Suttonians for a result that heightens the prospect of them finishing in the top half of the table.
On the women’s side, Glenanne’s division one game with Pembroke fell victim to the day’s snow. On Monday evening, Genesis got back into contention for a promotion playoff place with a 2-0 win over UCD II, Aoife Henry and Katie Geoghegan’s goals putting them within two points of Muckross.
Their next four games see them meet teams in the bottom half of the division while the Dublin 4 side have the slightly tougher run-in on paper, making for an intriguing battle in the final five rounds.
Men’s Leinster Division One: Rathgar 2 (S Thompson, L Bakker) Three Rock Rovers 3 (F Morris, J Hosking, J Bruton)
Division Two: Suttonians 2 (K O’Hare, M Ryan) Monkstown II 3 (R Hohn 2, G Cole)
Women’s Leinster Division One: Glenanne vs Pembroke, postponed due to snow
Division Two (Monday): UCD II 0 Genesis 2 (A Henry, K Geoghegan)