Portrane given early eye-opener of challenge ahead

There was to be no soft-landing for Portrane on their return to the top tier in Leinster after 21 years as title contenders UCD ran up a 7-1 on the Donabate peninsula.

The students notched three first-half goals to set the tone and were 4-0 up before Imran Khan got one back with a nice finish before UCD pulled further away.

For Rudi Wortmann’s side, there were debut goals for Peter Lynch and Ewan Ramsay as well as a first for Henry Spillane.

Railway Union got an idea of the challenge ahead as they drew their first match since relegation, coming back twice to tie 2-2 with Avoca.

The Blackrock side took the lead through a drag flick in the first 10 minutes from Eli Bigwood, a New Zealander who provides a powerful, if erratic presence for Mark Cullen’s side.

Kenny Carroll scored a stroke for Railway. Pic: Deryck Vincent

It stayed like that until halftime. Railway equalised with 20 minutes remaining from a penalty stroke converted by Kenny Carroll after a shot was blocked by a body on the line.

Avoca took the lead again from a pitch length passing move finished with a tap-in by Evan Rankin. Andy Colton equalised from Railway from a drag flick with 10 minutes to go.

Railway controlled most of the possession but were unable to create many clear cut chances as both sides settled for a point.

David McClure made an instant impact for Kilkenny on his return after a year away white-water rafting abroad. He scored twice in the cats 4-3 win over Dublin North for whom Liam Metcalfe nabbed a double, too.

Rathgar also got off to a winning start with a 3-1 win against Dublin University with Stuart Malcolm scoring against his former club with Stephen Thompson and Andy Malcolm also scoring. Trinity’s reply came from Eric Prehn from Tom Cole’s assist.

Corinthian, meanwhile, pulled clear of Clontarf with Jonathan Roberts’ double under-pinning a 3-0 win at the bullring.

Leinster Men’s Division One: Portrane 1 (I Khan) UCD 7 (A Tutty 2, D Nolan, H Spillane, P Lynch, E Ramsay, J Guilfoyle); Dublin North 3 (L Metcalfe 2, J Dunne) Kilkenny 4 (D McClure 2, H McDonnell, E Dore); Clontarf 0 Corinthian 3 (J Roberts 2, G Dagg); Dublin University 1 (E Prehn) Rathgar 3 (S Malcolm, S Thompson, A Malcolm); Railway Union 2 (K Carroll, A Colton) Avoca 2 (E Bigwood, E Rankin)

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Match Score
October 16, 2018 12:00 am Santry Avenue
Dublin University UCD

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October 13, 2018 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Corinthian

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October 13, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Kilkenny

5 - 2

October 13, 2018 12:00 am Donabate LC
Portrane Dublin North

2 - 4

September 29, 2018 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Portrane

1 - 2

September 29, 2018 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Railway Union

1 - 3

September 29, 2018 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Dublin University

3 - 1

September 29, 2018 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Clontarf

1 - 1

September 29, 2018 12:00 am Belfield
UCD Dublin North

9 - 1

September 22, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Corinthian

0 - 3

Match Score
October 20, 2018 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Portrane

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October 20, 2018 12:00 am NSC Abbotstown
Dublin North Dublin University

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October 20, 2018 12:00 am Kilkenny College
Kilkenny Railway Union

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October 20, 2018 12:00 am High School
Rathgar Avoca

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October 20, 2018 12:00 am Belfield
UCD Clontarf

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November 4, 2018 12:00 am Park Avenue
Railway Union Rathgar

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November 10, 2018 12:00 am Newpark
Avoca Kilkenny

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November 10, 2018 12:00 am Mount Temple
Clontarf Dublin North

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November 10, 2018 12:00 am Whitechurch Park
Corinthian Rathgar

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November 10, 2018 12:00 am Donabate LC
Portrane Dublin University

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