Men’s Leinster Division One – week six round-up
YMCA’s 3-1 win over Clontarf means that both sides are a point away from being formally and mathematically ensured of a place in the top group when the Leinster Division One season splits in January.
For this season, once the first series of games has been played, the top five and bottom five will be separated with the higher grouping fighting it out in a mini-league for places in the EY Hockey League playoffs.Since promotion, Tarf have been the surprise package this term with five wins from five but succumbed to their first defeat of the campaign to YM. Tarf started off at a fast pace and threatened on a number of occasions but were thwarted by a good defensive performance and the ever effective Iain Walker.
The Y took over in the second half with two goals in quick succession from Jamie Robin and Eric Prehn before Andrew Jones got the third goal from a flowing team move. John Mullins got the Tarf response from a corner breakdown.
Corinthian had the chance to be the side to first to solidify a top five place but they succumbed to a Fingal sucker-punch with two goals each from Shane Dempsey and Adrian Sweeney earning the north Dublin side a 4-3 win at the National Sports Campus.
And Fingal followed up on Tuesday night with a fine 4-1 win at Rathgar to lift them out of the pack to fifth place. Again, Dempsey was the ace in the pack with a hat trick of cracking goals with Sweeney scoring the other.
They still have a tricky run-in with games against rivals Avoca and Dublin University as well as a derby match with Clontarf but three successive wins means they are the form side in the division.
Corinthian play Weston on Saturday with a win guaranteeing them a top half position. The Lucan side has their closest run game of the campaign as they fell to Kilkenny 2-1 for whom Derek O’Gorman scored twice on Saturday.
The cats have a tough run-in if they are to make up the three-point gap to Fingal, facing UCD and YMCA next before a showdown with Rathgar.
Shane Madeley’s double was enough for UCD to win the colours battle with Dublin University 2-1 and give their place in the top five real strength with five points to spare over the chasers.
Next Saturday sees a reduced schedule due to the Irish Senior Cup with Clontarf facing Rathgar and Weston hosting Corinthian.
Men’s Leinster Division One
Saturday: Kilkenny 2 (D O’Gorman 2) Weston 1 (A Clayton); UCD 2 (S Madeley 2) Dublin University 1 (W King); Fingal 4 (S Dempsey 2, A Sweeney 2) Corinthian 3 (I Stewart, J Roberts, G Holmes); YMCA 3 (J Tobin, E Prehn, A Jones) Clontarf 1 (J Mullins)
Tuesday: Rathgar 1 (B Cleere) Fingal 4 (S Dempsey 3, A Sweeney)
Next Saturday fixtures: Clontarf v Rathgar, 12pm, Mount Temple; Weston v Corinthian, 3.30pm, Griffeen Valley Park