UCD and Corinthian stave off div two opposition in Mills Cup

Mills Cup, first round
UCD and Corinthian were both given major scares by division two opposition but eventually prevailed to reach the quarter-finals of the Leinster senior Mills Cup on Sunday.

Ben Dobson shot the winner for UCD against Fingal Pic: Adrian Boehm

Ben Dobson shot the winner for UCD against Fingal Pic: Adrian Boehm

Corinthian were taken all the way to penalty strokes by Clontarf who put in a rousing performance with Tom Noonan and Luke Hayden, finishing off a Kevin Mullins’ cross, forcing extra-time, countering efforts from Ian Stewart and Andrew Sutton

The Whitechurch Park side, however, prevailed and earn a place in the next round against Monkstown. .

Tarf, meanwhile, will have a doubt over player-coach Gareth Borland going forward, however, after he wore a corner shot on the knee, requiring a scan for his troubles.

Last season’s finalists UCD needed a Ben Dobson cracker to win out against Fingal, shading that tie 4-3. Their reward is an away trip to Glenanne in round two.

Railway Union knocked out Pembroke 3-2, reversing the result between the teams at the same stage of last year’s competitions. They built a decent lead with Rob Abbott scoring his fourth of the weekend while Simon Pearson and Peter English extended out the margin.

Matthias Podpera and Mick O’Connor both netted their first goals of the season but too late to force a result. Railway go through to meet Rathgar in the quarters.

YMCA were the big winners of the first round in a game against Avoca that was notable as probably the first male senior tie to be umpired solely by women with Carol Metchette and Alison Keogh taking charge.

They presided over a tie that saw YM build a 4-1 half-time lead with Andrew Meates scoring two of them. Jaco Fourie and Luke Chadwick joined him on that tally in the second period en route to a 7-2 win.

The Y’s next tie is against Three Rock Rovers away.

First round results: Railway Union 3 (R Abbott, S Pearson, P English) Pembroke 2 (M Podpera, M O’Connor); YMCA 7 (L Chadwick 2, A Meates 2, J Fourie 2, J Tobin) Avoca 2 (A Ramsay, R Couse); Corinthian 2 (I Stewart, A Sutton) Clontarf 2 (T Noonan, L Hayden), Corinthian won on strokes; UCD 4 (S Madeley, L Miller, J Duncan, B Dobson) Fingal 3 (S Dempsey, C Neville, J McKeever)

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