Neville Cup, quarter-finals
Corinthian reached their second semi-final of the Leinster season in midweek as they beat Clontarf 3-1 in midweek to advance to the Neville Cup final four, adding to their recent run to the Mills Cup semis.
They did so with an assured performance against Clontarf on Tuesday. In the first half, they kept the majority of play with Karl Smith and Andrew Sutton at the heart of most of the attacks.However it was a decisive counter attack against the run of play that got the game going with Tom Noonan getting on the end of cracking cross to deflect the ball past a helpless Ross Murray.
Corinthian responded by bringing on Conor Moyter who noticeably lifted the tempo of the game. Soon after Corinthians were quickly on level terms after a well worked move finished off with a great reverse stick shot by Max Richard for 1–1 at half time.
In the second half, Clontarf continued to defend in numbers and look to counter however David Howard pushed Corinthian ahead with a powerful drag flick early in the second half.
Stephen Cairns made a number of fine saves but a deflection off another Corinthian corner fell nicely to Sutton who calmly put the game further out of Clontarfs reach.
Reds’ coach Trevor Dagg commented after the game: “We’ve a great spirit within the squad at the moment and it’s showing in our performances. Another tough game on Saturday against Avoca who I’m sure will be targeting points against us.”
They will meet YMCA in the final four following their 4-2 win over Fingal while Avoca are through to the semis on the other side of the draw. Glenanne and Kilkenny is the outstanding quarter-final date.
Neville Cup, quarter-final: Corinthian 3 (M Richard, D Howard, A Sutton) Clontarf 1 (T Noonan)