Railway Union came out smiling from an eventful day as they were guaranteed a top five place in Leinster men’s division one by virtue of YMCA’s 5-2 win over Glenanne on Thursday evening.
By current standards, that top five finish will assure them a place in the 2014/15 Irish Hockey League should the current format remain in place. However, if a full IHL is put in place for next season, that outcome could have even more significance.It was an interesting endnote to their first day in Prague for the EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I in which their entire schedule was changed. That was because the Armenian entrants will not take part in the competition after they were refused visas.
It means Railway will now take part in a single seven-team pool with six games rather than the anticipated five starting with a game against Slavia Praha (at 11.10 CET), a side they lost 4-2 to in a friendly this evening before playing Portugal’s AD Lousada later on day one.
As for the YMCA and Glenanne game, the Milltown side raced clear after the sides had initially shared four goals. Stephen Brownlow put the Glens in front when he rebounded off Iain Walker’s parry but an Andrew Walker deflection and Ben Campbell drag-flick reversed the lead.
Glenanne levelled from a scrappy corner for 2-2. Andrew Meates finished off a strong move that featured Jamie Tobin and Dylan Swanepoel; Tobin then turned in Aaron Bailey’s cross and Richie Pedreschi completed the rout with a classy behind-the-back deflection to close out a big result.
It means that all the main issues in division one are now settled with the winners, IHL places and relegation matters all done and dusted with two games still to play. YM face Corinthian on Saturday while the Glens conclude their campaign next Tuesday night against Three Rock Rovers.
In division two, Pembroke II and Avoca face a title showdown date at Serpentine Avenue on Saturday with a point for the former confirming they win the prize. Should they miss out on that point, however, a win on Sunday against Monkstown II will see Justin Sherriff’s side over the line.
At the bottom, the bottom two will also be ironed out over the weekend. For safety, if Three Rock Rovers II win over Dublin University or Clontarf win against YMCA II, they will be safe from the bottom two. Should they lose and Weston win against Monkstown II, it could make for a feisty tie between Rovers and Tarf on Sunday afternoon.
Men’s Leinster Division One
Thursday: YMCA 5 (A Walker, B Campbell, A Meates, J Tobin, R Pedreschi) Glenanne 2 (S Brownlow, AN Other)
Saturday: Corinthian vs YMCA, 12.45pm, Whitechurch Park
Saturday: Suttonians vs Kilkenny, 12pm, Sutton Park; Pembroke II vs Avoca, 2pm, Serpentine Avenue; Weston vs Monkstown II, 2pm, Griffeen Valley Park; TRR II vs Dublin University, 2.40pm, Grange Road; YMCA II vs Clontarf, 4pm, Milltown
Sunday: Monkstown II vs Pembroke II, 3pm, Rathdown; TRR II vs Clontarf, 4pm, Grange Road; Avoca vs Dublin University, 3pm, Newpark
EuroHockey Indoor Club Champions Challenge I, Prague (February 14-16 – all times local) – revised schedule
Friday: AD Lousada (POR) vs SK Senkvice (SVK), 10am; Railway Union vs SK Slavia Praha (CZE), 11.10am; WKS Grunwald Poznan (POL) vs Whitchurch (WAL), 12.20pm; Soroksari (HUN) vs SK Senkvice, 1.30pm; Railway Union vs AD Lousada, 2.40pm; Grunwald Poznan vs SK Slavia Praha, 3.50pm; Soroksari vs Whitchurch, 5pm
Saturday: Grunwald Poznan vs AD Lousada, 10am; Railway Union vs Whitchurch, 11.10am; SK Slavia Praha vs Soroksari, 12.20pm; SK Senkvice vs Grunwald Poznan, 1.30pm; Whitchurch vs AD Lousada, 2.40pm; Soroksari vs Railway Union, 3.50pm; SK Slavia Praha vs SK Senkvice, 5pm
Sunday: Soroksari vs Grunwald Poznan, 10am; SK Senkvice vs Railway Union, 11.10am; SK Slavia Praha vs Whitchurch, 12.20pm; Soroksari vs AD Lousada, 1.30pm; Railway Union vs Grunwald Poznan, 2.40pm; Whitchurch vs SK Senkvice, 3.50pm; Slavia Praha vs AD Lousada, 5pm