LHA Men’s Indoor League – week five results
Railway Union 11 (J Dick 3, K Carroll 3, R Forrest 2, R Abbott, D McCarthy, M English) Three Rock Rovers 2 (H Morris 2)
Railway produced a fine display of indoor hockey to dispose of closest rivals in the league, TRR, to gain a place in the Leinster final.
Rovers started brightly as Harry Morris gave them the lead after five minutes but David McCarthy and James Dick scored a goal apiece within a minute to give Railway the lead.
Morris, with a fantastic solo run and dink through Simon Thornton legs, made it 2-2 after 12 minutes. But Railway pushed from there to build a 6-2 lead at half time as Kenny Carroll converted a corner, Dick added his second and Richie Forrest scored two, one from a very tight angle.
The second half was where the experience in the Railway team told. They sat deep and kept picking off TRR’s advances and hit on the counter at speed; Mark English scored a deft lob, Carroll dragged in another before Abbott, Dick and Carroll all added tap in goals.
Rovers, though, after three wins from the four league games, finished second in the league and thus advance to the semi final next week where they will meet Avoca. Peter McConnell will be hoping his young charges can bounce back and have another shot at Railway in the League final.
Avoca 6 (A Rooney 2, P Haughton 2, C Breadan, J Elmes) Clontarf 6 (R Forrest 2, R Kelly 2, C Cooney, K Mullins)
Avoca progressed to the semi final of the Leinster League after a fiery, high-tempo six-all draw with Clontarf. Clontarf will rue missed chances and conceding two goals while avoca where down a man in the sin bin.
Avoca took the lead when Jonathan Elmes dragged home after 10 minutes. Soon after, Cain Cooney equalised after a slip up in the Avoca defence who then lost a man for a deliberate break down but a composed run by Aran Rooney, guesting from Trinity, gave them a 2-1 lead as he rounded Stephen Cairns.
Robert Forrest earned a stroke for a foot on the line for the Bulls but Kevin Mullins unfortunately missed the target but his side did score two just before break to go into half time 3-2, one converted by Forrest himself, the other a quality placed drag by Rob Kelly,
In the first minute of the second half, Mullins day in front of goal got worse as he hit both posts to start an end to end second period. Tarf extended the lead when Kelly scored but then went from 4-2 up to 6-4 down in a 10 minute spell.
Rooney, Carl Breadan and Peter Haughton on the double did the damage, one of the goals coming when down to four players as Herbie Fowler-Hudson saw green.
Tarf went for the jugular, knowing that they needed to win and swapped the goalkeeper for a kicking back. Rob Forrest got his second and Mullins set up a dramatic final two minutes as he finally got on the score sheet.
The experience of Trevor Dagg and Breadan at the back for Avoca managed to kill off the game and progress to the semi final to meet TRR.
Finals weekend schedule (Sunday, January 11 – St Columbas College)
5.30pm: TRR v Avoca (semi-final)
6.30pm: Wicklow v Clontarf (placement game)
7.30pm: Railway Union vs semi-final winner