Wright Carey Cup final
Railway Union 6 (Rob Abbott 2, Rob Devlin 2, Mark English, Eddie Dore) Clontarf 3 (Nathan Maxwell, Keith O’Hare, Jack Ryan)
Railway Union won the reintroduced Wright Carey Cup last weekend as they showed a clean set of heels to Clontarf with Rob Abbott and Rob Devlin firing doubles at Park Avenue.
Railway started very brightly in a fast paced tie with Tarf keeper Stephen Cairns making numerous good saves before Eddie Dore snuck one past him at the second attempt.After conceding though, Clontarf upped their game and equalised after a great team move saw Nathan Maxwell diving in at the back post. From there though Railway took the ascendency and controled the game for a large spell after Robert Forrest saw yellow for Clontarf.
From Railway’s third corner, Rob Abbott deflected home to make it 2-1 and then, from the next corner, another switch move saw Clontarf defender John Lennon take one on the face mask on the goal line. Abbott converted the stroke.
Just before half-time, though, Tarf converted a corner which Keith O’Hare, guesting from Suttonians, dragged home to keep things interesting at the break.
Straight from tip off in the second half, though, Railway put together eight quick passes with Rob Devlin tapping home on the back post after just 14 seconds.
The lead was extended to 5-2 when Devlin nabbed his second first team goal on 45 minutes after some dazzling play by Mark English.
With nothing to lose, the bulls started to press higher and won a stroke but Kevin Mullins stroke was tame and Simon Thornton saved easily.
Their third came from another Suttonians’ guest as Jack Ryan coolly slotted home after good work by John Mullins.
But the goal of the game was to follow five minutes from time when Mark English ran 50 metres and then lobbed the advancing Cairns with a deft sweep.
The Wright Carey cup proved to be a good quality tournament and gave teams a chance to look at player development with Railway giving first team debuts to a few players as well as getting Fiachra Maher, Simon Pearson back into the fold after long periods away from hockey this season.
Having previously been a tournament for the top four in division three, this year it was open to sides in divisions one to three whose league season had ended in mid-February with ten teams taking part in two groups of five.
The competition also saw clubs encourage to use their own umpires with a view to getting more involved in the endeavour with Ronan Walsh of the LHA saying: “The experimentation with locally appointed umpires had some success though it was not universally observed.
“However the spirit and flow of the games was observed by all as a positive. Tom Goode did observe some new umpires in action and maybe one or two will emerge as options for next year.
“It was also great that many current players became actively involved in the admin of the tournament and applied a pragmatic approach to refixes and postponements so that it took place with a minimum fuss.”