Eight sides still in mix for indoor final four spots

After two weeks of the Leinster Indoor League, eight of the nine teams still have a chance of qualifying for the semi-final phase.

In Group A, Railway Union are in the driving seat after beating Clontarf 9-2 in the first game. Tarf started the brighter led by Australia Zane Hutton but Railway grew into the game and the speed of play, as well as their greater indoor knowledge shone through with James Dick scoring a hat trick.

Will Powderly's YMCA started with two wins. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Will Powderly’s YMCA started with two wins. Pic: Adrian Boehm

The other two games were close affairs; Avoca beat Glenanne 4-3 with Maxi Tixe shining. The Glens will rue a missed open goal with just a minute to go on the clock which denied them a draw. Their main players were Brian O’Malley and Clive Kennedy.

In the last game of the first week, Tarf and Avoca played out an end-to-end 4-4. Guesting Aran Rooney had a late goal ruled out, the shot deemed just outside the circle, denying Avoca a win.

Next weekend will be crucial for all teams. Glenanne will need a result against Railway first up to stay in contention. If they lose, the remaining semi final spot will be between Avoca and Clontarf.

In Group B, YMCA with the guesting Sam O’connor and Gary Shaw, combined with the experience of Steve Barry, Stephen Walker, Will Powderly, and Iain Walker, got off to a flying start by leading corinthian 6-0 within 13 minutes.

The reds, led by player coach Trevor Dagg, using a lot of new indoor players, grew into the game and scored two unanswered second half goals.

Wicklow are back for just their second year of indoor hockey and were led by Ashley Harrison. They lost 6-2 versus Railway Union’s development team.

Owen Burn was a constant threat up top for wicklow scoring both goals but two from Rob Abbott and Andy Jackson proved the difference. Railway then lost 6-4 to Corinthian.

They led 3-2 for a while but David Howard and Glen Holmes’ class took the game away from Railway. Railway did withdraw their keeper with two minutes to go but couldnt find another way past the Corinthian defence which was marshalled by Dagg.

YMCA then racked up 13 on Wicklow, Iain Walker netting five although Owen Burn was on the mark again with two more goals.

Three Rock’s first game was against Corinthian who were playing their third game of the day. Dagg’s boys now found a formula and were getting used to the boards but lost out very late on 3-2, Jody Hosking scoring a cracking individual goal to win the tie.

Three Rock then beat Wicklow 14-2, Ross Canning scoring five with guesting Ben McCrea scoring a hat-trick. In the last game of the day, unfortunately YMCA – due to player commitments – handed Railway development a 5-0 walkover.

All to play for on January 9 as four teams are in with a shot of a semi spot, but Three Rock are well in the driving seat; Corinthian will need to beat Wicklow first up and then hope for some favours from Rovers if they are to advance.

Indoor League
Group A results:
Railway Union 9 (J Dick 3, N Tate 2, M Nowakoski 2, K Carroll, M English) Clontarf 2 (T Noonan, E Hughes); Avoca 4 (M Tixe 2, An Other 2) Glenanne 3 (C kennedy, B O’Malley, David O’Malley); Avoca 3 (G Dunne 2, M Tixe) Clontarf 3 (R Forrest, J Lennon, Z Hutton)

Standings (played):
1. Avoca (2) 4pts (+1) 2. Railway Union (1) 3pts (+7) 3. Clontarf (2) 1pt (-7) 4. Glenanne (1) 0pts (-1)

Fixtures (December 19):
Railway Union v Glenanne, 4.50pm; Clontarf v Glenanne, 5.10pm; Railway Union v Avoca, 5.50pm

Group B results: Corinthian 2 (D Butler, D Howard) YMCA 6 (S Walker 4, S Barry, B O’Grady); Wicklow 2 (O Burn 2) RU Develop 6 (R Abbott 2, A Jackson 2, S Kuechemeister, M Bretherton); RU Develop 4 (S Staunton 2, S Kuechemeister, R Abbott) Coritnhian 6 (D Howard 2, G Holmes 2, T Dagg, D Butler); Wicklow 2 (A Harrison, O Burn) YMCA 13 (I Walker 5, G Shaw 3, S Walker 2, S O’Connor 2, S Barry); TRR 3 (J Hosking 2, R Canning) Corinthian 2 (D Howard, G Holmes); TRR 14 (R Canning 5, B McCrea 3, H Morris 2, J Hosking 2, L Chadwick, D Shirley) Wicklow 2 (C Redman, O Burn); RU Develop 5 ( walkover given) YMCA 0

Standings (played):
1. TRR (2) 6pts (+13) 2. YMCA (3) 6pts (+10) 3. RU Develop (3) 6pts (+7) 4. Corinthian (3) 3pts (-3) 5. Wicklow 0pts (-27)

Fixtures (January 9): Wicklow v Corinthian, 5.10pm; TRR v RU Develop, 5.50pm; TRR v YMCA, 6.20pm

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