Railway and TRR close in on indoor playoffs

Men’s Leinster Indoor League
Railway Union 17 (J Dick 6, R Abbott 4, B Thompson 3, R Forrest 3, M English) Wicklow 5 (M Stuart 3, S Stewart, S O’Connor)

Wicklow started the brighter and took the lead when Milo Stuart converted a square pass from Sam O’Connor, Railway bounced back when Bruce Thompson deflected home a 20-yard pass from Kenny Carroll, making his first appearance of the season.

Rob Abbott put Railway in the lead a few minutes later collecting a rebound of Ashley Harrison’s pads. Wicklow, though, equalised when Stuart coolly slotted home. Wicklow were unlucky not to go back into the lead after opportunities fell to Clive Kennedy, Stuart and Stephen Stewart – rolling back the years – but all were all denied by Simon Thornton in the Railway Goal.

Railway Union took a step closer to retaining their title

Railway Union took a step closer to retaining their title

Railway weather the storm and scored three quick goals, James Dick with two and one from Bruce Thompson, just before half time to lead 5-2 at the break.

The second half was a goal fest with 15 goals scored within the 20-minute period, 12 of those coming for Railway with James Dick scoring four more.

Wicklow scored three, one being a penalty stroke from Milo Stuart after Clive Kennedy’s drag flick hit Mark English on the line. Sam O’Connor added a great solo goal and Stephen Stewart scored the last goal of the game.

TRR 6 (L Madeley 3, R Canning, P McConnell, F Morris) Avoca 1 (J Codd)
A fantastic defensive display by Peter McConnell and Luke Madeley provided a platform for TRR to beat a tiring Avoca after their outdoor exploits earlier in the day.

The defensive duo were in fine form denying everything that Avoca threw at them in the first half, including Madeley taking a drag flick off the line. Rovers led 2-0 at the break after Ross Canning and Madeley goals.

And they took control of the ball through the second half, controlling the ball and tempo of the game. Madeley scored two more, McConnell and Freddie Morris also getting on the scoresheet. Jonny Codd got a consolation goal towards the end for Avoca.

Week five of the competition is on January 4 and sees the current top two TRR and Railway battle it out for a place in the grand final. The losers will go into the semi-finals where they will meet either Avoca or Clontarf. Wicklow have the bye and will be back in action on January 11 in a classfication match.

In Ulster, meanwhile, Ards won their indoor league, meaning they will be Ireland’s representatives in Europe for the fourth successive season. Queen’s University beat NICS over two legs to win the Ulster men’s title.

Week five fixtures (January 4 – all St Columba’s): TRR vs Railway Union, 6.10pm; Clontarf v Avoca, 7.10pm

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