On a frost-affected weekend, Glenanne moved a further point clear at the top of the men’s EY Hockey League while UCD took advantage of Corinthian’s cancelation in Leinster Division One.
Shane O’Donoghue struck twice to see the Glens come back from a goal down twice at the Merrion Fleet Arena to preserve their unbeaten run in the men’s EY Hockey League, drawing 2-2 with Monkstown.
Town welcomed back Stephen and Geoff Cole from injury a week after Davy Carson had returned, bolstering their ranks. They went ahead 15 minutes into the tie when Guy Sarratt dragged a corner into the top right corner. Karl Smith went close to a second but shot wide from Geoff Cole’s cross.
Glenanne were on the rise, though, with Dave Fitzgerald required to make some great double saves before O’Donoghue levelled from his side’s third corner, 1-1 at the break.
Andrew Ward returned Town to the lead in the 40th minute when he rebounded off an Iain Walker save. O’Donoghue levelled once again eight minutes from a corner which fell his way, shooting in on his reverse. The final quarter was end to end but ended with no further goals.
The Glens move a further point clear at the head of the table while Monkstown stay in fifth, four points off the top four after half their matches.
In Leinster Division One, UCD ran up a 6-1 win over Rathgar to move to the top of the table. Andrew Keane, Jazze Henry and David Nolan all scored in the first half before Keane advanced the lead to four soon after the break.
Andrew Malcolm reduced the gap but another couple from Nolan signed off on 2017 on a high note for UCD.
“We have everything in our own hands; we have played some really good hockey like we did in the first half against Corinthians but sometimes we drop down to the opposition level which is a bit of a pity,” coach Rudi Wortmann told Dublin City FM of their first half of the season.
“They are young lads, still learning and still growing up but we did score some cracking goals, straight from our out-letting so I am happy with that.”
Corinthian’s game with Avoca was frozen out while Dublin University’s game with Clontarf in mid-table ended in a thrilling 4-4 draw in the only other game in the league.
Dublin North are the only side through to the second round of the Irish Hockey Trophy courtesy of a 4-2 win in Bray with the five other ties all falling foul of the conditions.
Men’s weekend results
EY Hockey League: Monkstown 2 (G Sarratt, A Ward) Glenanne 2 (S O’Donoghue 2)
Postponed: Lisnagarvey v Annadale, Banbridge v Cookstown
Leinster Division One: UCD 6 (D Nolan 3, A Keane 2, J Henry) Rathgar 1 (A Malcolm); Dublin University 4 (J Foley, R Nichols, C Hynes, R O’Hanlon) Clontarf 4 (M Duggan, A O’Malley, M Harris, S Cassidy)
Postponed: Corinthian v Avoca
Irish Senior Cup, second round – postponed: Mossley v Belfast Harlequins
Irish Hockey Trophy, first round: Bray 2 Dublin North 4 (D Bane, E Bane, R West, P Gahan)
Postponed: Portadown v Bangor; Weston v Newry; Limerick v Portrane; North Down v Raphoe; NICS v Kilkenny