Clontarf enjoyed a fruitful five day period with three upbeat performances across the Irish Senior Cup, the Mills Cup and Leinster Division One to kickstart their season.
The bulls started off the run last Saturday with a 4-0 win over Mossley with Alan O’Malley netting twice with Kev Murray and Pierce Hendy getting the others.A day later, they drew with Rathgar 1-1 for the second time this season with Luke Hayden and Stu Malcolm sharing the goals in the Mills Cup. Tarf prevailed in the shoot-out to go through to face the winners of Three Rock Rovers and Monkstown who will meet on November 10.
Then, on Wednesday night, they ended UCD’s perfect start to the season as Cain Cooney and Andrew Tutty cancelled each other in a 1-1 draw.
Corinthian also had a good weekend, beating Railway Union twice in two different cup competitions. In the Irish Senior Cup, the reds came back with two goals in the last 10 minutes to win 2-1.
Railway had the best of the first half and went ahead from a corner with 18 minutes to go, Andrew Colton the scorer. Ian Stewart levelled from a corner as the clock ticked past the hour before George Dagg won it soon after following a good break down the right as Davy Howard enjoyed an inspirational game.
Howard carried that form into the Sunday rematch on Sunday in the Mills Cup, scoring two corners to go with Johnny Roberts’ effort. Corinthian led 1-0 at the break before Rob Devlin put the game in the mix but the reds scored twice in the last 20 minutes.
Next for Corinthian in the Mills is an away date against Portrane who beat Dublin North 5-0. In the Irish Senior Cup, they meet Banbridge for the second year running on November 24.
Kilkenny’s good start to the season continued as they beat Dublin University in a shoot-out after normal time had ended 2-2. They go to Lisnagarvey in round three. Kilkeel built a 2-0 half-time lead against Bandon and stayed clear to win 3-2 in the end. Their reward is a home date against YMCA.
YM went through in the Mills Cup on Sunday with Grant Glutz adding to his tally for the season with a double while partner-in-crime Ben Campbell got the other in a 3-0 win over Dublin University.
There was one other tie in Leinster Division One this week, Andrew Malcolm’s goal grinding out a 1-0 win for Rathgar over Avoca to move up to second in the table.
Irish Senior Cup, round 2: Clontarf 4 (A O’Malley 2, K Murray, P Hendy) Mossley 0; Kilkeel 3 (M Stevenson 2, E Agnew) Bandon 2 (R Smyth, D Jennings); Kilkenny 2 (B McEnery, H McDonnell) Dublin University 2 (P Temperley, S Baggio), Kilkenny win shoot-out 3-1; Railway Union 1 (A Colton) Corinthian 2 (I Stewart, G Dagg)
Round 3 draw (November 24): Belfast Harlequins v Cookstown; Corinthian v Banbridge; Cork C of I v UCD; Kilkeel v YMCA; Lisnagarvey v Kilkenny; Monkstown v Glenanne; Pembroke v Clontarf; Three Rock Rovers v Annadale
Irish Junior Cup, round 1: Banbridge 4 (W Malcolmson, A Marshall, J McCague, M Campbell) NICS 0; Bangor 2 (S Hunter 2) Annadale 3 (C Thomson 3); Cookstown 8 (R Miller 3, S Allen 2, D Atkinson, M Wilson, G Black) South Antrim 0; Belfast Harlequins 2 Cork C of I 0
Leinster Division One
Saturday: Rathgar 1 (A Malcolm) Avoca 0
Wednesday: UCD 1 (A Tutty) Clontarf 1 (C Cooney)
Munster Division One: Waterford 4 (B Johnson 2, B McInerney, C Wagenaar) UCC 3 (M Horgan 2, E Finnegan)
Mills Cup, first round (all Sunday):; Clontarf 1 (L Hayden) Rathgar 1 (S Malcolm), Clontarf win shoot-out 5-4; Corinthian 3 (D Howard 2, J Roberts) Railway Union 1 (R Devlin); YMCA 3 (G Glutz 2, B Campbell) Dublin University 0; Portrane 5 (Colin Nevlle, C Shoebridge, I Khan, B MacMahon, S Graham) Dublin North 0
Postponed: UCD v Pembroke, Three Rock Rovers v Monkstown; Avoca v Glenanne