Men’s Leinster Division One
Glenanne 2 (S Ronan, R Rixon-Fuller) Rathgar 1 (G Sharman)
Glenanne battled to a second single-goal victory in two games, boosting their hopes of pushing for a top five position after just one point was garnered from their first three games.
The Glens got their first goal when Richie Shaw stole the ball off the Rathgar defence and played in Stu Ronan. He exchanged a one-two with Enda Rucker before rounding Dan Gribben and shooting home.A couple of corners went unconverted, leaving it 1-0 at the interval. The Chiefs then got back on terms barely a minute into the second half with an excellent equaliser, teraing down the right win, laying the ball into the path of Gary Sharman who finished first time into the roof of the goal.
But when Rathgar had David Meade sin-binned, they lost their initiative and Glenanne bounced back well in search of the winner. And it arrived with 12 minutes to go from a corner rebound, Stephen Brownlow and Rowland Rixon-Fuller combining to force the ball home.
Monkstown 3 (R Sykes, D Nolan, J Henry) Railway Union 2 (R Abbott, M Nowakowski)
A first 20-minute blitz from Monkstown propelled them a fourth win of the season, inflicting a second defeat on Railway Union who fought back but ended up a goal short.
Jazze Henry put Town 1-0 up within a minute as the sky-blues pressed high with the youngster finishing off the move from Andy Ewington’s cross. David Nolan doubled up with the Railway defence missed a long overhead and he duly got behind the last man and lobbed Craig Ellis.
Richard Sykes’ drag to the bottom left corner made it 3-0. Fabian Wullschleger had a penalty stroke for number four saved by Craig Ellis after a corner push hit Kenny Carroll on the line.
From there, Rob Abbott squared the ball for Mateusz Nowakowski to tap home for a lifeline, Mark English providing the initial impetus. Abbott then deflected in a crash ball from Carroll with 20 minutes.
Monkstown had a couple of chances to make the game safe but Craig Ellis, against his former club, fronted up well while Railway kept battling but nothing further accrued.
Avoca 3 (Z Agnew, A Ramsay, R Couse) YMCA 4 (J Tobin 2, T Ritchie, G McCoy)
YMCA got back on the winning trail as they stayed just ahead of Avoca at Newpark, building on two early goals to land their third win from five outings.
Jamie Tobin and Thom Ritchie saw YM go 2-0 up inside eight minutes only for Avoca to get one back soon after when Ziggy Agnew got on the end of a corner.
Graham McCoy, though, reasserted the two goal advantage on 28 minutes with a diving finish a ball in from the left wing, redirecting the ball over Seb Perciavalle’s head. It was McCoy’s first division one goal having previously played five seasons in All-Ireland League rugby as well as being a regular first teamer with YM’s cricket side over the past decade.
Since returning to hockey last season, he has risen to the first team this term to show the poaching instincts in his school days. Avoca were not done yet as Andrew Ramsay got them back within reach at 2-3 early in the second half before Tobin got his second, getting across the last defender at the edge of the circle before shooting back across Perciavalle’s bows.Richard Couse set up a grandstand finish with a goal from a crash ball from an acute angle with four minutes while YM’s post man denied a last minute corner to hold on to the points.
UCD 0 Pembroke 3 (N Burns, R Flannery, C Hynes)
Pembroke notched their fourth win of the season with a 3-0 win over UCD. Ross Canning did give them an early scare from a tight angle but Mark Ingram made a top save to keep them out and his side duly held sway for much of the match.
Initially, they lacked accuracy in the final third but they went 1-0 up before the break when Nick Burns received the ball at the top of the D, beat two players on the bounce and volleyed into the roof of the net – a spectacular opener against his former club.
After half time, Ronan Flannery ran down the left, cut inside a defender before slipping past Conor Quinn. Cillian Hynes completed the win with a nice reverse deflection from a direct pass from Matthias Podpera. It was comfortable enough for the closing 20 minutes as Pembroke keep on rolling.
Corinthian 2 (M Richard, D Howard) Three Rock Rovers 5 (J Hosking 2, P Blakeney, M Darling, D Walsh)
Three Rock Rovers continue to share the lead at the top of the division with Monkstown and Pembroke as they saw won the Rathfarnham derby with something to spare against Corinthian.
After Ross Murray had made a couple of good early saves, Peter Blakeney dragged home the first goal from a corner. Jody Hosking got his first of the day when he applied a reverse deflection for 2-0 before Davy Howard continued his good early season form with a corner goal of his own.
Darragh Walsh, though, restored the two-goal wedge from close range with another deflection goal. Hosking extended the lead further in the second half before Corinthian’s hugely impressive Belgian Max Richard, a recent arrival in Ireland to study English, scored a classy individual goal.
Mitch Darling closed out the game with a smashed effort to complete a fourth win from four outings.
Speaking afterwards, reds coach Trevor Dagg added: “Another good performance from the lads when you consider the challenges we’ve had this year. Recent scorelines don’t really reflect how hard the guys are working but it’s clear we need to improve in a number of areas and we understand that. We’ve a good bunch and we’re up for the challenge.”