The second round draw for the men’s Irish Senior Cup provided some potential fireworks with current EY Hockey League leading duo Lisnagarvey and Monkstown set to face off in a repeat of last year’s final.
It follows Garvey’s dramatic 3-2 win over Pembroke on Saturday in round one with skipper Daniel Buser nabbing the winner late in the day from the penalty spot, strokes proving a recurring theme in games between these sides.
Twice Pembroke had come back from a goal down, Alan Sothern and Maurice Elliott counter-acting efforts from Andy Williamson – a corner for 1-0 at half-time – and Daniel Nelson. Buser converted his stroke with four minutes remaining, though, to win the day and a home date with Monkstown on December 3.
Another eye-catching second round tie is Banbridge’s tie with Three Rock Rovers. Rovers – with a 7-1 win over NICS – were the highest scorers in the first round which went pretty much to the form book. Luke Madeley and Ben Walker both scored a brace.
Indeed, all of the big guns advanced. Cork C of I were able to shake off the attentions of Belfast Harlequins, building a 3-1 half-time lead via Stephen Wolfe, Philip Brownlow and Julian Dale while Stephen Sweetnam made the game safe as Luke McClelland’s double kept them honest.
UCD eased to a 4-1 win over Rathgar; Instonians beat Portadown 6-0 while Corinthian beat Raphoe on the same scoreline. Mossley were too good for Avoca in a 3-0 result.
In the Leinster league derby, YMCA came from a goal down against Clontarf to win 3-1, Thom Ritchie, Rob Anderson and Jamie Tobin doing the damage. John Mullins missed an early stroke but atoned for the miss when he scored from play as the Bulls had the best of the first half with Andrew Poynter giving their attack an extra focal point while goalkeeper David Lawless made his debut.
But YM had much more of the play in the second half and got level from the spot via Ritchie and they never looked back. Their reward is a tough away trip to meet Cork C of I.
A Keith Black penalty flick ten minutes before full time was all that separated Cookstown at a sunny Kilkeel. The win gives the Reds a trip to Dublin University on the first weekend of December in the next round.
Millar finally provided the breakthrough when his run was picked out by Keith Black and he charged in on goal. Although the Kilkeel ‘keeper made a great stop, Ewan Butler followed up quickly to flick the ball goalward only to see it stopped on the line by a combination of foot and stick. Black made no mistake from the subsequent flick.
In the other ties in the draw, Railway Union enter the competition with an away date at Mossley; Annadale meet Instonians in a tasty Ulster derby; Corinthian’s hosting of Glenanne has a similar interest to it, pitting an ambitious provincial league side against a currently out of sorts national league side. UCD will fancy their chances at Kilkenny.
On the women’s side of things, Railway Union’s date with UCD is the pick of the bunch in the Senior Cup’s second round draw. Harlequins from Cork and Belfast will meet at Deramore Park meet in the other EYHL game.
Hermes-Monkstown will expect to win comfortably at Banbridge while Pegasus travel to St Raphaela’s to meet Genesis. Pembroke hosts Glenanne, Queen’s meet Ballymoney, Loreto face Trinity and Lurgan hosts Ards in the other ties.
Trinity will look at their tie with optimism as their impressive start to the season continued courtesy of a 1-0 win over Glenanne, Evie McCullough scoring the winning goal. It was their fourth successive clean sheet.
Elsewhere, the Valencia Under-21 junior international tournament gets underway today without Ireland who withdrew from the competition due to a lack of available funds.
Extended men’s and women’s squads were named in the wake of September’s interpros with this tournament part of the long-term preparation for the 2017 European Under-21 championships.
Men’s Irish Senior Cup, first round: Rathgar 1 (J Willoughby) UCD 4 (A Keane, B Campbell, A Tutty, B O’Malley); Belfast Harlequins 2 (L McClelland 2) Cork C of I 4 (S Wolfe, J Dale, P Brownlow, S Sweetnam); Kilkeel 0 Cookstown 1 (K Black); Mossley 3 (S Todd, P Hamill, S Clarke) Avoca 0; NICS 1 (G Sanders) Three Rock Rovers 7 (L Madeley 2, B Walker 2, D Shirley, H Morris, C Empey); Pembroke 2 (A Sothern, M Elliott) Lisnagarvey 3 (A Williamson, D Nelson, D Buser); Portadown 0 Instonians 6 (W Robinson 2, S Kelso 2, Z McClelland 2); Clontarf 1 (J Mullins) YMCA 3 (T Ritchie, R Anderson, J Tobin); Corinthian 6 (J Bruton 3, D Howard, S Reid, G Holmes) Raphoe 0
Round two draw (December 3): Banbridge vs Three Rock Rovers; Cork C of I vs YMCA; Corinthian v Glenanne; Mossley vs Railway Union; Annadale vs Instonians; Dublin University vs Cookstown; Lisnagarvey vs Monkstown; Kilkenny vs UCD
Women’s Leinster Division One: Glenanne 0 Trinity 1 (E McCullough)
Irish Senior Cup, second round draw: Pembroke v Glenanne; Railway Union v UCD; Queen’s v Ballymoney; Loreto v Trinity; Lurgan v Ards; Banbridge v Hermes-Monkstown; Genesis v Pegasus; Belfast Harlequins v Cork Harlequins