Thom Ritchie’s brilliant last minute finish saw YMCA grab a dramatic 3-2 win over Clontarf in the tie of the round in week six of the men’s Leinster Division One.
It completed a hat trick and kept them out in second place on their own behind Corinthian who lead the way with six wins from six.The Y went 1-0 up midway through the first half with Ritchie blasting an openside shot low into the backboard. Sean Cassidy levelled for the Bulls when he picked the ball up after his initial shot rebounded off Iain Walker’s pads and he flicked home into an empty net.
The same man put Tarf in front after Kevin Murray turned the ball over inside the YM circle and squared to Cassidy to slide under Walker. Ritchie, however, equalised from a reverse-stick shot from the top to make it 2-2 going into the half-time break.
The second half proved even with Clontarf’s best chances falling to Cassidy who had a couple of one-on-one chances but Walker was equal to the task. Both teams had corner chances while David Lawless had to make one great safe late in the day to keep it level.
That was until Ritchie’s moment of brilliance, throwing the ball up into the D himself and then lobbed a ball from waist-height over Lawless which dropped into the net.
For Corinthian, the Bruton-Howard goal-train continued at pace in their 5-1 win over Fingal. The first was tight as the reds found the Fingal defensive structure for the most part.
The first half ended 2-1 to Corinthian with Paddy Gahan getting one back to counter a Howard corner and a first from Bruton. But Bruton added three more in the second half as Fingal ran out of legs.
Rathgar continued their positive start to the season to beat Avoca 3-1, moving into third place in the table. Dublin University are a place further back, running up a 4-0 success against Weston.
Sunday saw the opening round of the Mills Cup with Glenanne beating Railway Union with a last minute winner. Adrian Sweeney scored a hat trick in a spectacular 7-4 win for Fingal over Weston to set up an all-Division One quarter-final with Kilkenny who were 4-1 winners over Avoca.
Derek O’Gorman scoring a cracker early in the game. The cats earned a flick after a ball was stopped on the line by an Avoca foot, Billy Mc Enery calmly put it away. Eamonn Walsh made it 3 in the second half. Evin McClure finished the game with a flick.
Corinthian saw off Rathgar with Davy Howard scoring another hat trick. Divisional difference played a part for Three Rock – even while resting a number of players – in a 7-2 win over Dublin University while Monkstown blasted by Clontarf 10-0 with triples from Lee Cole and Gareth Watkins.
Those two sides will play each other at Grange Road in January in the quarter-finals. Pembroke’s win over YMCA was closer, 4-1, with Paddy Conlon and Alan Giles – in his first game for five years – playing their part.
Leinster Division One: Fingal 1 (P Gahan) Corinthian 5 (J Bruton 4, D Howard); YMCA 3 (T Ritchie 3) Clontarf 2 (S Cassidy 2); Rathgar 3 (S Malcolm 2, D Meade) Avoca 1 (H Hudson-Fowler); Weston 0 Dublin University 4 (P Temperly, C Hynes, M Lee, Andy Colton)
Mills Cup, first round: Pembroke 4 (M Treacy, J Ryan, H Spain, G Garrett) YMCA 1 (C Jackson); Railway Union 1 (M English) Glenanne 2; Three Rock Rovers 7 (J Hosking 2, C Empey, L Madeley, K Mullins, H Morris, D Walsh) Dublin University 2 (R O’Hanlon 2); Corinthian 4 (D Howard 3, R Clarke) Rathgar 0; Fingal 7 (A Sweeney 3, S Dempsey 2, P Gahan, 1 S Kieran) Weston 4 (T Donnelly 2, E Ryan-Doyle, L Gleuck); Kilkenny 4 (D O’Gorman, B McEnery, E Walshe, E McClure) Avoca 1 (M Budler); Monkstown 10 (L Cole 3, G Watkins 3, G Cole 2, K Smith, D Carson) Clontarf 0
Second round (January 7): UCD v Glenanne; Corinthian v Pembroke; Fingal v Kilkenny; Three Rock Rovers v Monkstown