Nichols’ magnificent seven underpins Monkstown II’s title coronation

Rory Nichols fired seven goals in two days to propel Monkstown II over the line in men’s Leinster Division Two with two emphatic wins on the final weekend of the season.

It meant that they held Three Rock Rovers II at bay as they won their last two games this week to keep Town honest but it was not enough in the final reckoning.

They entered the weekend a point behind Three Rock who had beaten YMCA 2-1 on Tuesday night.

The Monkstown II Leinster men's division two winning side

The Monkstown II Leinster men’s division two winning side

On Saturday, Monkstown overtook them as they raced into a 4-0 lead over Corinthian II at half-time. They duly went on to win 6-2 overall with Nichols shooting two while Iain Styles, Shane O’Halloran, Edouard Delobelle and Jake Beirne also on the score sheet.

And the deal was sealed with a stunning 11-1 win over Railway Union at Rathdown on Sunday. Nichols scored the first of his five goals in the eighth minute to start the rout.

Ryan Hohn deflected in a Delobelle cross before Iain Styles netted a corner rebound for 3-0. Two more Nichols corners made it 5-0 at half-time with the title all but signed and sealed.

Eoin MacArthur got one back in the second half but Nichols had added another pair while Andrew Fogarty, Ross Quirke, Rob Browne and Styles all got on the score sheet.

It rendered Rovers 4-2 win over Corinthian II on Sunday afternoon academic in terms of the title race but did drop Clontarf down to third place.

For Monkstown, it meant the club claimed their fourth Leinster league title to date this term, adding to the success of their men’s and women’s firsts along with the women’s seconds.

Coach Michael Styles has worked for the most part with a team of teenagers, drawing heavily from the St Andrew’s All-Ireland schoolboys winning teams of the past couple of seasons with a bit of guidance from Gavin O’Halloran and Rob Mason.

Nichols’ corners were a key factor, netting 21 times in the league campaign with David Watkins adding 10 for good measure. They will now focus on trying to retain their Irish Junior Cup title, a crown that Rovers will also be keen to deny them having won their quarter-final last Saturday against Instonians 4-1 at Shawsbridge.

Men’s Irish Junior Cup, quarter-final: Instonians 1 Three Rock Rovers 4

Leinster Division Two
Thursday:
Fingal 10 Corinthian II 2 (C O’Shea 2)
Saturday: Pembroke II 6 (P Good 3, C Wilson 2, N Burns) Railway Union II 4 (P Yates, M Nowakowski, J Pearson, S Pearson); Kilkenny 3 Fingal 7 (D Quinn 2, E Bane 2, A Sweeney 2, D Bane); Corinthian II 2 (T Sutton, C O’Shea) Monkstown II 6 (R Nichols 2, I Styles, S O’Halloran, E Delobelle, J Beirne)

Sunday: Monkstown 11 (R Nichols 5, I Styles 2, A Fogarty, R Browne, R Hohn, R Quirke) Railway Union 1 (E MacArthur); Three Rock Rovers 4 Corinthian 2 (S Reid 2)

Men's Leinster Senior Div 2