Garvey, Town, Dale and Cookstown through in men’s IJC

Men’s Irish Junior Cup
The men’s Irish Junior Cup semi-final picture cleared up to some extent with Monkstown II and Lisnagarvey II confirming their spots in the final four while Annadale and Cookstown moved into the quarter-finals over the weekend.

Monkstown’s bid for a fourth final in the last six years moved a step closer as they saw off Banbridge 4-2 at Rathdown on Saturday in a repeat of the 2013 final.

Geoff Cole put the sky-blues 1-0 up when he took in a long ball before finishing with a neat dink and cool finish. William Malcolmson equalised from a corner switch but David Watkins’ backhand made it 2-1.

Rory Nichols’ corner extended the lead to 3-1 before Malcolmson’s second put the game back into the balance. But Monkstown won the tie late on when Cole was found in the left corner and he picked out an unmarked Watkins to tip in from close range.

Lisnagarvey just about shaded a classic with Cork C of I as the 2011 champs saw off the 2009 winners 4-3. Garvey took a two-goal lead before the Cork men looked like they had turned the tie on its head, Phil Brownlow, David Herbert and Alex Deane making it 3-2 before John Gray tied things up.

Ryan Getty then nabbed the winner in the closing stage for a big win. Annadale will play Cookstown in the quarters after the former eliminated Cork Harlequins 5-1 on Saturday while Sunday saw the Co Tyrone side outdo Railway Union 4-1.

Second round, Saturday: Annadale 5 (C Thomson 2, J Woodrow 2, D Nicholl) Cork Harlequins 1 (P Burns)
Sunday: Cookstown 4 (T Sloan 2, R Donaldson, E Butler) Railway Union 1 (P Yates)
Quarter-finals: Lisnagarvey 4 (Dowling, McGann, J Gray, R Getty) Cork C of I 3 (P Brownlow, D Herbert, A Deane); Monkstown 4 (D Watkins 2, G Cole, R Nichols) Banbridge 2 (W Malcolmson 2)
Remaining quarter-finals: Instonians v Three Rock Rovers; Annadale v Cookstown

Men’s Leinster Division Two
For the second time this season, Kevin Mullins scored a hat trick for Clontarf against Pembroke II in a thrilling tie to beat the Dublin 4 side 5-4 to put a big dent in their chances of winning the league.

Indeed, the Bulls have account for 11 of the miserly 19 goals that Pembroke have conceded over the course of the league, the first game ending 6-5 to Clontarf with the Mullins brothers accounting for eight of the goals across the two games.

The result allowed Three Rock Rovers II to take advantage to move up to a share of first place after they won 3-1 in Fingal with teenagers Sam Grace, Conor Empey and debuting Gavin Gibney scoring the goals. Kilkenny scored their fourth win of the season, beating Corinthian II 4-3.

Results: Fingal 1 (J McKeever) Three Rock Rovers II 3 (S Grace, C Empey, G Gibney); Corinthian II 3 Kilkenny 4; Clontarf 5 (K Mullins 3, J Mullins, G Borland) Pembroke II 4 (S Furlong 3, An Other)

Men's Leinster Senior Div 2