Six St Patrick’s Day Leinster titles on the line

Six St Patrick’s Day titles are up for grabs at Grange Road at the annual festival of Leinster hockey.

Glenanne meet Monkstown in the Mills Cup decider with the former looking for a first win since 2008 while Town are gunning for a third win since 2011

The Glens’ route to the final had a slice of luck to it. They trailed 3-0 against Pembroke in the semi-final before the pitch froze, leading to it to be abandoned. In the refix, the Glens tore into the tie with a 5-1.

Monkstown face Glenanne in the Mills Cup final. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Both sides will be down key players with the Tallaght side missing their midfield general Shane O’Donoghue while Town are without their influential left-sided player Lee Cole. Gareth Watkins, meanwhile, suffered a shoulder injury in their league tie against Three Rock while Richard Sykes is out for the remainder of the season.

Monkstown won their meeting with the Glens 5-1 earlier this season at the Merrion Fleet Arena, though, to suggest they are the heavy favourites.

In the Jacqui Potter Cup final, Railway Union play a UCD side who are unlikely to have full use of their international contingent with Lena Tice certainly out due to injury.

The students have beaten three Leinster Division One sides en route to the final – all 3-0 – while Railway have had a much tougher route to the final, seeing off Loreto 2-1 and Hermes-Monkstown 4-0 in the semi-final.

Emma Smyth and Anna May Whelan drive them on while Zara Delany has been razor-sharp in front of goal with nine goals to her name. As a mark of respect to the passing of Railway club stalwart, they will wear a black ribbon for the game.

Emma Smyth and Orla Patton will be key players for their respective teams. Pic: Adrian Boehm

Trinity go in search of a double when they meet Corinthian in the LHA Shield, a competition for sides knocked out in the early phase of the Jacqui Potter Cup. Goals could be at a premium with both league meetings between the sides ending scoreless.

There are also three underage finals with Corinthian meeting Three Rock Rovers in the Benny Atkinson Cup decider on the boys side. With the girls, Muckross and Railway Union play in the Junior Jacqui Potter Cup with Loreto facing Pembroke in the Junior Jacqui Potter Plate.

St Patrick’s Day schedule (all at Grange Road)
Mills Cup final: Glenanne v Monkstown, 4pm, front pitch
Jacqui Potter Cup final: Railway Union v UCD, 2pm, front pitch
LHA Shield final: Corinthian v Trinity, 1pm, back pitch
Benny Atkinson Under-16 Boys Cup final: Corinthian v Three Rock Rovers, 12pm, front pitch
Junior Jacqui Potter Cup final: Muckross v Railway Union, 10am, front pitch
Junior Jacqui Potter Plate final: Loreto v Pembroke, 11am, back pitch

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