Reds stun Pembroke to formally confirm Monkstown’s league title retention

Men’s Leinster Division One
Monkstown 8 (D Carson 4, G Watkins 3, D Cole) Rathgar 0

With news filtering across from Whitechurch Park that Pembroke had been beaten, it was party time in the last game at Rathdown as Monkstown struck eight times to crown their Leinster men’s division one league retention in style.

David Cole started the scoring from a corner before Gareth Watkins got a consummate poacher’s goal, picking up a rebound off the post for number two. He got his second before Davy Carson scored a six-minute hat trick to stretch the lead out to 6-0.

Watkins completed his hat trick from the penalty spot and Carson closed out the win with the goal of the day from Watkins cross.

Railway Union 3 (J Dick 2, K Carroll) YMCA 2 (D van der Spuy, J Tobin)
Railway Union all but put paid to YMCA’s IHL hopes as they won their critical battle at Park Avenue as they built a three-goal lead that they just about held on to. Jeff Spillane created the first for James Dick when he hit the baseline and picked out the Australian to deflect in behind his back.

The same combination were involved in the second goal, one which came 15 seconds after YM had a penalty corner. Ravin Nair blocked it down, picked out Spillane who worked it forward to Richie Forrest and subsequently to Dick who dummied Iain Walker initially before shooting home on his reverse.

YM ramped up the intensity in the second half but were rocked when Kenny Carroll dragged home number three. Jamie Tobin pulled one back when Rob Devlin located him amid a scramble in the D and Dirk van der Spuy snatched number two with a deflection.

Walker was withdrawn for the final five minutes as they sought a win to keep their IHL hopes alive but no clear chances accrued as Railway took the win. The results means a win for Railway against Rathgar next week means they have a wildcard spot at worst. YM will need to hope for a favour from the Chiefs and then beat Rovers by a couple of goals.

Avoca 0 Glenanne 5 (S Brownlow, R Shaw, S Ronan, C Kennedy, D Carey)
Glenanne produced a five-star second half performance to move up to second place in Leinster, confirming their place in next season’s Irish Hockey League. Avoca kept them scoreless in the first half but the Glens hit the front when Stephen Brownlow scored a corner.

Richie Shaw stole the ball in midfield before finishing off himself for number two. Stu Ronan got number three before Clive Kennedy’s reverse-stick effort and Daryl Carey’s finish completed the victory.

Railway's Karl Chapple and YMCA's Luke Chadwick tangle Pic: Adrian Boehm

Railway’s Karl Chapple and YMCA’s Luke Chadwick tangle Pic: Adrian Boehm

UCD 2 (D McClure, S Madeley) Three Rock Rovers 6 (P Blakeney 2, A Haughton, J Roberts, J McCormack, J Bruton)
Three Rock confirmed a wildcard playoff at least as they won 6-2 at UCD for the second time this season, the other coming in the Irish Senior Cup, as Peter Blakeney reached 20 goals for the campaign. The win keeps them out of range of sixth placed YMCA whom they meet next week where a win will confirm an automatic place in next season’s Irish Hockey League.

Corinthian 3 (I Stewart 2, G Holmes) Pembroke 2 (H Spain 2)
Corinthian ended a five-game losing streak to pick up their most impressive win of the campaign, getting the better of Pembroke 3-2 to formally hand the league title to Monkstown.
They trailed 2-0 at half-time and 3-1 early in the second half as Ian Stewart netted twice following his return from an arm injury while Glenn Holmes also chipped in. Harry Spain got them back within range from a penalty corner but they could not close the gap.

Men's Leinster Senior Div 1