Men’s Leinster Division One
Corinthian 2 (Dan Poff, Karl Smith) Rathgar 1 (Shane Gould)
Corinthian closed the gap on the top four with a 2-1 win over Rathgar on Tuesday night in their refixed tie on a cold and windy night in Whitechurch after the initial tussle rained off in early November.
The hosts were without Andrew Sutton (broken toe) and Ben Murphy (knee) but started the brighter with some good penetration from Max Richard and debutant Stephen Reid. Conor Moyter continued his excellent form this season by snuffing any potential threat from the Rathgar frontline led by Shane Gould.After a couple of chances at either end Ian Stewart nearly got things going with a short corner than pinged off the far post. A second corner from Stewart got charged down but this time was moved quickly to Dan Poff who swept the ball home for his first in red.
Rathgar stepped up their midfield press and Corinthian started to force the ball. Stu Cinnamond was linking up well in midfield and it was no surprise when Gould slotted home a great passage of play from the visitors to go into half time with honours even.
Second half started with Rathgar continuing in the ascendency however their progress was briefly halted with a power cut as the ball was being driven into the Corinthian circle. Someone managed to get the wires reconnected and, 15 minutes later, the game was back on.
The deadlock was broken but it was home side that scored somewhat against the run of play. A well-worked move from Moyter and David Howard ended up with Karl Smith shooting on the reverse to score a crucial goal for the reds. Moyter and Stewart were soon to join the injured list as the game moved towards its close.
Stu Malcolm was left frustrated when Ross Murray somehow managed to deflect a short corner bullet as Rathgar rallied to get back on level terms. The reds tried their best to put the game out of reach but Stephen Thompson put in a reassured performance.
Alun Evans would have been disappointed not to have come away with at least a point but a spirited performance from the reds saw them take a key three points in their race for IHL next season.
Speaking after the game reds coach Trevor Dagg said: “We knew how difficult this game was going to be and were lucky to get the win. Rathgar are well organised and work hard which makes them a tough team to beat. Having thrown away a 1-0 lead against Pembroke on Saturday with seven minutes to go this helps us get back in the mix.”