YMCA produced a stunning comeback to draw 3-3 with Leinster men’s Division One title rivals Corinthian but ended the week sitting in sixth place with a points deduction hanging over them.
On the pitch on Tuesday night, it was a game of two halves at the new local derby between Corinthian and YMCA who both have high intentions of pushing for the IHL playoffs.It was the reds who controlled the first half and opened the scoring with a fine striker’s finish from Stephen Reid who slotted the ball home. Ian Stewart then pouched another goal for the reds from a far post cross before Robbie Clarke made it 3-0 at half time with a tap-in following a great stop on the line from a YM defender.
Corinthian then appeared to sit back as YM came out firing. Grant Glutz was taken out after a neat one-two in the circle and coolly slotted home the resulting penalty stroke.
Ben Campbell also showed his composure after another defensive mistake by the reds to go around Corinthian captain Ross Murray in goals to make it 3-2 midway through the second half.
Then, after a reds attack which looked like it might seal the result for them, it was YM who countered and it was Glutz who beat the defence but was once again taken down for another penalty stroke and yellow card.
Glutz sent Murray the wrong way to make it 3-3 and, in the dying minutes, had a short corner to nick the win but weren’t able to convert.
That outcome would have been enough to put YM into a share of third place after four rounds of matches. However, the club have subsequently been docked points for each team in the club for an issue relating to the postponement of a Division 3 game. YMCA are currently appealing.
Asked about the situation, the LHA is not currently in a position to outline the situation of the case.
“At the moment, it is subject to appeal so it wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on it. To be fair to them though, it is important to point out that it not because of any direct action by YMCA 1sts.”
Elsewhere, Three Rock Rovers advanced to the quarter-finals of the Mills Cup with a 5-1 win over Avoca with Harry Morris scoring a hat-trick.
The Mills Cup gets underway with first round matches on Saturday between Clontarf and Dublin North at Mount Temple and Corinthian v Avoca at Whitechurch Park. Three Rock start their campaign on Tuesday against Weston.
The DIT hosted intervarsities, meanwhile, run throughout the weekend at Grange Road with 12 teams battling it out across the Mauritius Cup and Plate competitions.
Leinster Men’s Division One
Tuesday: Corinthian 3 (I Stewart, R Clarke, S Reid) YMCA 3 (G Glutz 2, B Campbell)
Mills Cup, first round
Saturday: Clontarf v Dublin North, 12.30pm, Mount Temple, Corinthian v Avoca, 1pm, Whitechurch Park
Tuesday: Three Rock Rovers v Weston, 8.30pm, Grange Road
Neville Cup, second round
Thursday: Three Rock Rovers 5 (H Morris 3, K Mullins, L Madeley) Avoca 1 (A Pritchard)