Leinster Indoor League, week three
Railway Union 6 (N Wilmshofer 3, D McCarthy, M English, R Abbott) Avoca 3 (M Tixe 2, C Breadan)
Nicholas Wilmshofer netted his second consecutive hat-trick to fire Railway to joint top of the indoor league with TRR. The early stages of the game was cagey with both teams deploying a deep press.
Railway hit the front though after James Dick’s first time, deflected pass found its wasy to David McCarthy to tap home at the back post after seven minutes. Railway then missed further chances to extend the lead through some poor finishing and some excellent defensive work from Peter Haughton and Carl Breadan.Avoca levelled after 15 minutes when Maxi Tixe tapped home after an initial scramble, their first real venture into the Railway circle. Railway though held the half time lead 2-1 as Wilmshofer fired home a switch corner a minute before half time.
Railway upped the ante at the start of the second half as Rob Abott deflected home from a Miguel Villar pass, before Mark English dragged home and then Wilmshofer got his second.
Avoca dug deep and took more risks and were denied a few times by Simon Thornton in the Railway goal before Breadan got their second while Tixe, the focal point of Avoca’s attacks, got their third after some superb work by Andrew Ramsey.
Railway stayed composed and Wilmshofer fired home the goal of the game with a few minutes to go, receiving the ball back to goal in the top left corner of the D against the board he spun around the keeper and found the top corner.
Clontarf 12 (C Cooney 4, R Forrest 3, K Mullins 2, L McCormack 2, M Fulham) Wicklow 4 ( S O’Connor 2, C Kennedy, M Stuart)
Clontarf recorded their first win of the indoor league with victory over a wasterful Wicklow. The Bulls deceided to play the whole game with five outfielders, Robert Forrest operating as a kicking-back and it paid divided.
He was superb in his role as he denied Wicklow five or six clear goalscoring chances within the first half with his body, feet and some takes off the line with his stick. His side led 6-1 at half-time as Cain Cooney netted twice, both from his own powerful runs, Forrest twice, Kevin Mullins and Lorcan McCormack. Clive Kenendy scored Wicklow’s only goal of the half.
The second half was much the same as Wicklow wasted chances, including three corners that were all blocked on the line by the Tarf defence. Tarf rallied to a 10-1 lead before Wicklow did get some joy in the last 10 minutes. Sam O’Connor, a late arrival due to work commitments, netted twice – one an upright reverse rocket into the top corner. Tarf though scored two more, Mullins with a cheeky second and McCormack added his second ever indoor goal too, Tarf’s 12th.
In the last seconds, Mark Stuart scored Wicklow’s 4th after some good play by 15-year-old Murray Kennedy. Week 4 sees Railway look to maintain their unbeaten record versus Wicklow, and an improving Avoca side will be looking to upset a youthful TRR side.
Sunday, December 21 (at St Columba’s): Railway Union v Wicklow, 6.10pm; Avoca v Three Rock Rovers, 7.10pm